2013-06-13 / Front Page

What would burn bans mean to you?

California municipalities are considering bans on campfires and debris burning in the name of clean air. Yosemite National Park already limits campfires on some summer days. 

Some California counties completely ban debris burning.

Campfires and burn piles are local traditions that go back many decades. In Southern California, recent efforts to ban beach fires have provoked a firestorm of debate.

How would you react if local authorities banned campfires or burn piles? On the other hand, how does smoke affect your breathing--especially if you have respiritory health problems?

Let us know your thoughts for an upcoming story on smoke and air quality.

Email editor Erik Skindrud with your comments at Erik@mariposagazette.com

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Responsible homeowners burn

Responsible homeowners burn their debris from clearing by the end of May. It is irresponsible for CAL FIRE or others to continue open burn pile burning in June (as they did this year until mid June). As a result there were a handful of burn pile escapes and fires in our County. Get real CAL FIRE - if you really want to reduce fires and costs to taxpayers cut the burn date off earlier when we have drought conditions. This year everyone had plenty of safe days to do cleanup earlier and we also can haul any new debris etc to a biomass transfer station - for a very low cost - near our homes in our county. Is there any "incentive" for CAL FIRE to let the burn days go so late in dangerous conditions?

I would like to know an

I would like to know an estimate of how much fuel people burn in Mariposa each year. Brush, leaves, pine needles and fire wood. I bet it is in the tens of thousands of tons. Every ton of fuel not burned is fuel for a wildfire. People creating fire breaks around their homes and property perimeters help firefighters (and themselves) when there is a wildfire. Fuel will accumulate to dangerous levels in short order even in areas that have been previously cleaned up. Homes will no longer be safe and insurance companies will either raise their rates to unaffordable levels or pull out of the county.

I think Federal and State

I think Federal and State public lands should impose strict fire restrictions on campfires, where smoking is and is not allowed, and perhaps use of motorized equipment in certain areas. These strict limitations should be imposed when fire danger is viewed as "high" and should not be lifted until conditions change. Regarding private land fire restriction, implementing accountability both financially and possibly criminal accountability for acts of negligence resulting in property damage could introduce a level of common sense in burning of property fuels.

The next step after a burn

The next step after a burn ban will be banning wood stoves and fire places leaving many people in Mariposa out in the cold. Propane is far to expensive to heat with in colder areas and the nearest source of natural gas is probably 40 miles or more away.

My property would become a

My property would become a fire hazard, wild fires would become worse, fire insurance a thing of the past for rural areas and the fuel would burn anyway! Chipping only reduces the fuel in size but does not get rid of it and is not practical on large acreages or on slopes and inaccessible areas. I burn between 100 and 300 large piles a winter. Chipping would reduce that to a handful.

Sounds great! Why don't the

Sounds great! Why don't the people who want to enjoy the wilderness give up even more so the fat cats and corporate swine can put as much into the air as they want. I am sick of Americans having to pay for the sins of big business. Its not campfires that ruin the air! Its millions of people in the valley trying to commute to a decent job when they have no clean transit system, and companies with no restrictions because they pay off politicians. Americans shouldn't have smaller camp fires they should have less politicians!

In the winter burning of our

In the winter burning of our prunnings is a needed thing. What would we do with all are unwanted vines. Seriously campfires....even those suggesting this most likely have fond memories of sitting around a campfire and roasting marshmallows. It's as silly as suggesting we all stop driving cars for cleaner air. We need to do our best but stop living, and enjoying the reasons why we live where we do.

We lived in Yosemite Valley

We lived in Yosemite Valley 70's-80's. The tourists "camp fires" settled on the Valley floor, causing poor air quality every morning. In Mariposa, we need to burn our under brush for fire and insect control. We are required to limb up to be "fire safe", and we need to burn those "burn piles" of limbs off season. But, the Farmers down in The Valley should not burn, should chip/mulch their piles for better air quality, but they complain it would cost them too much. Oakhurst's basin is an awful place when everyone's burning and does cause poor air quality. I think if we are told not to burn, our county must provide pick up of limbs/bushes as they do in the suburbs. Do we want that???

It would mean my property

It would mean my property would become a ridiculously dangerous fuel source if I am unable to burn the deadfall and slash during the rainy season. As far as camping goes...it simply wouldn't be the same to sit around a pit at night in Tuolumne Meadows looking at LED lights. The amount of 'pollution' caused by campfires is a paltry amount. Fuels left unmanaged that take off in a firestorm is serious danger, pollution and destruction. Manage undergrowth, deadfall and slash and get it burned before fire season starts.

How would it affect me??? I'd

How would it affect me??? I'd feel safer by a large part. Too many people don't understand fire, fuels and the weather. And they don't understand that when the APCD says it is a "burn day" in has no correlation to fire safety.

And who would pick up all of

And who would pick up all of this debris that isn't burned, or what kind of a fire hazard would it be if left in its natural state? How about the extra burden on the landfills? Everything has a consequence, not the least of which I'm sure a ban on burning would mean we all pay for fire hazard abatement disposal or some such extra tax heaped upon us unconstitutionally like the current Fire Prevention Fee. There's already a mechanism in place for fools that don't know how or when to burn. Its called a ticket and a hefty fine.

You as a so called &

You as a so called & unverified retired fire fighter should know the importance of being able to keep your property clear of vegetation that has fallen during the winter due to snow & wind as well as liming up trees to reduce ladder fuel. The important thing is to educate the public on how to do this safely not take away yet another right to do so. There are plenty of days during the burn season that are burn days that I chose not to burn based on the conditions that I observe from my property. What is needed is common sense (something your comment lacks) not another restriction that directly effects my ability to keep my property fire safe!

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