Could 5 cents have saved Santa Rosa?

The Mercury News - - Opinion -

In Au­gust of 2014 a large wind-driven wild­fire was headed for the town of Weaverville. The “Ore­gon” fire was in­cin­er­at­ing ev­ery­thing in its path. More than 1,000 fire­fight­ers were as­signed to this fire

On Nov. 7, 2012 a con­trolled burn, the “5 cent burn” had been con­ducted at the edge of Weaverville.

The Ore­gon fire went into the area where the 5 cent burn had been con­ducted. The fire be­came much less in­tense, giv­ing fire­fight­ers the abil­ity to stop the fire and save the town.

Clearly con­trolled burns are a big part of the so­lu­tion to our fire prob­lem.

— Eric Moore, Fel­ton

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