In regard to the forest treatment plans:
You have my 100 percent support. We have been living in Pine at the end of Pine Canyon Road and have witnessed the Pack Fire to the north, the Rodeo-Chediski fire to the northeast, the Webber fire to the east, the Willow Fire to the south, and now the Cave Creek Complex fire to the southwest. Basically, there have been fires all around us. The good news is that a lot of fuel has been used up. The bad news is that there is still too much fuel.
Being a current member of SAR and a former scout leader, I know that the dead, bark beetle trees are a greater threat than the live trees in the National Forest.
Unless a determined effort is made to cut down the dead trees, and thin out a lot of other vegetation, I believe it is only a matter of time before a fire hits this canyon and we are "toast."
We live on an acre of land, bordering the Tonto National Forest. On my little acre, I have personally cut down 300 trees, and have had two removed by professionals. Only two trees were affected by bark beetles. We still have 50 plus trees.
Friends of ours have already moved from Pine to some wide open ares in Colorado where substantial thinning has already been done. We would love to live out our lives in Pine, but the imminent danger of a wildfire is looming before us, and the threat is too great to ignore.
We appreciate the thinning that has been done, but it is not enough to stop a wild fire.
Please, please, continue your efforts to make the forest healthier and safer, for the forests, the animals and the people.
Ira Gibel, Pine