Letters, Aug. 10
More water savings
In addition to Perii Hauschild-Owen’s letter of July 12, about saving toilet water, I learned of yet another method from my two sons.
They were just able to squeeze a half-gallon container of water into my toilet’s tank. This displaces two quarts of water, giving us another way to save this most precious of all liquids.
Go for it!
Emergency I-5 on-ramp
I presume the city of Ashland and the Oregon Department of Transportation have a sound rationale for building a $100,000 emergency on-ramp to Interstate 5 next to the bridge on Mountain Avenue (“Emergency fire escape takes shape,” Mail Tribune, Aug. 6). I stipulate to the intended soundness of the plan, although the strategy appears to divert traffic away from one of Ashland’s Zone 9 exit routes, sending vehicles onto a roadway that was closed to nonessential traffic at 11:52 a.m. on the day of the Almeda fire.
In the alternative, for about $25,000 Ashland could join Oregon’s AlertWildfire network (http://beta.alertwildfire.org/; https://ohaz.uoregon.edu/alertwildfire/). For that fee the AlertWildfire network could install public-facing fire cameras and tools to help citizens, firefighters and first responders make informed ingress and egress decisions during an emergency incident. The remaining $75,000 would pay for three subsequent years of AlertWildfire system-maintenance fees.
Absent geographic clarity, evacuation routes become choke points. Joining the AlertWildfire network would provide enhanced, real-time, 24/7 situational awareness to all of the area’s citizens and emergency personnel — a primary area for improvement and recommended mitigative action, according to the Jackson County Fire Incidents After-Action Report.