Mike Greene: Grand County should ban fire
April 4, 2012
To the Editor:
Thank you Avis Gray for a wise and insightful letter regarding forest fire prevention. I too have often wondered why Grand County Officials don’t do more to prevent forest fires.
For years we have noticed fire bans in other counties but not Grand County. On Monday, we were in Denver when the Lower North Fork fire exploded. In just 40 minutes, it went from plumes of smoke to obstructed visibility and choking smoke 30 miles away.
The area of this fire did not have near as many dead trees as we have. A fire like this would advance much more in Grand County because of our drought and dead trees.
On our return trip, we noticed fire bans in Clear Creek, Jefferson County, Douglas County, Arapahoe County – but NOT Grand County.
In the past when I have discussed large/unattended campfires with Grand County law/fire enforcement officials. I have been told that, “We don’t want to ruin the tourist business.” Well I am not willing to sacrifice my property for the tourists.
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Let’s put bans up, signs on forest access roads, and start enforcing the Grand County fire ordinance. If the ordinance has some vague or unenforceable sections, rewrite it – but do something!
Our dirt road is bone dry right now. We have never seen this condition in our 25 years here. Most tourists will understand strict fire enforcement, and the ones that don’t can have a fire in their backyard.