Letter: Breckenridge should get serious about wildfire fuel reduction (Walker)
July 18, 2017
Prioritize fuel reduction efforts
I hope the Peak 2 fire was a wake-up call for everyone. I attended the Peak 2 update last Wednesday. It cost $2 to $3 million dollars to fight a fire that ended up burning 84 acres. It took 45 minutes to get in air assets (tankers dropping fire retardant, helicopters with water buckets) to the fire. Without the wind shift from north to the south, the fire chief told me they couldn't have saved the Peak 7 neighborhood.
Why isn't the town of Breckenridge minimally cutting and removing the dead beetle kill trees within the city limits? Why aren't land owners being required to do the same? Drive around town, there are dead trees everywhere! There are ordinances in place, are they not being enforced? There is a proposal to heat the sidewalk on 4 O'Clock Road to minimize the use of cars in the wintertime. Seriously? Please rethink the priorities! Use the money for wildfire mitigation.
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