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Prevention is the fire cure

Sierra Sun editorial

A 15-acre fire that started on the north slope of Interstate 80 on Sunday serves as a stark reminder of the fire danger in which we live, and the precautions we have to take to reduce our exposure.

Division of forestry fire crews quickly controlled Sunday’s fire, but the angle of the slope made it a difficult task (It was hand tools only). With access to more fuels, the fire would have had the potential to grow to unmanageable proportions, as the Martis Fire did two years ago in the same area.

For those of us who live in dense forest and among tall grasses, now is the time to clear fire fuels from our yards, and away from buildings.

As the summer warming trend continues, the potential for big fire increases exponentially. Fire prevention is the most effective cure.