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Letter to the Editor: Controlled burns unneeded

Elaine Stapleton
Grass Valley, Calif.

My husband and I are vacationing in the Zephyr Cove area and last Sunday a controlled burn was started here. It has been a nightmare. We come to Tahoe for the wonderful pure air that is here.

I have asthma and have had to wear a mask even when sleeping because of the terrible choking smoke. Even on the day it snowed we were choking on smoke. We can not enjoy walking outdoors as it is not safe to breath this toxic smoke.

It has been burning some place all around the Lake since we arrived Oct. 1. If there is any more smoke after the storms this week we will leave and go some other place where we can breathe. What part of losing tourists here in Tahoe do you not understand or maybe no one cares?

It seems like these huge piles of wood and branches that are being burned could be better handled – like composting or shredding. Certainly there is some other way to take care of it without poisoning the air and the Lake.

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