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Penny wise, dollar foolish

Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

With the Rim Fire news, I am reminded of a visit to the Mariposa Sequoia area, where I saw that the national park employees had collected fallen branches into piles throughout the area that were protected by a tarp.

On the day I visited, they had installed a number of above-ground swimming pools filled ready for the parked fire truck to pump it to a hose that extended, with branch connections, down the hillside.

Park crews were setting a pile on fire, using the hose to contain the fire, before extinguishing it and moving their connection to the next pile.

In the event of a wildfire, there would be a greatly reduced amount of fuel to burn and such a fire would be much easier to contain.

On a subsequent visit, we were told that funding for national parks had been cut and their reduced staff was not able to continue the program.

Now, of course, we can find multimillion dollars to fight the Rim Fire.

Penny wise and dollar foolish? Perhaps you can think of other examples? Speak up.

Al Wilson

Lake in the Hills

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