Laurie Clark: Grand County needs to be proactive regarding fire bans
April 5, 2012
To the Editor:
Thanks to Avis Gray and Mike Greene for their letters regarding fire bans. Watching the Denver news channels the last week, it is obvious that Grand County needs to be proactive regarding fire bans rather than reactive.
Driving by my local firehouse this morning, the fire level is still “low.” The recent snow didn’t help much either – the snow was melted by noon in most of the county.
Like Mr. Greene, I have also discussed fireworks, “bonfires,” and unattended campfires with local law enforcement personnel. I was told that if it had been left up to them that they would not issue fire bans because it hampers the county visitors.
Really? If a fire should start, the visitors have a place to go – back to their homes, wherever they came from. Everything I own sits on my property – I have nowhere else to go.
I am asking the Grand County Sheriff’s Department to get on the ball and issue a fire ban now. We all know that our county visitors come here for more than campfires. Fire mitigation is still an issue with people in and around Grand Lake. Living off of County Road 4, I drive by downed dead trees and construction materials every day – homeowners associations don’t seem to be helping the situation either.
Supporting both Ms. Gray and Mr. Greene, if the county visitors don’t like a fire ban – stay home and build a fire in your backyard.