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Ashland letters, Sept. 13: Manage late-season fire

Manage late-season fire

As we go into September with daytime temperatures dipping into the 70s and rain on the way, some of the newest lightning strikes are well located for strategic fire management and low-cost fuel reduction. One example is the Gopher fire south of Crater Lake.

Unfortunately, our political discourse won’t allow it. Zero tolerance of smoke demands attacking every ignition, no matter the per-acre financial cost, safety risk to workers or opportunity cost of forgone risk mitigation.

Fire suppression delays the inevitable. Managing just a few ignitions in the short window before autumn rain can produce real progress digging out of our fire problem.

Jay Lininger


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