Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor, March 26, 2015

Protect the forest

My goodness! How Cambria residents love to go to meetings! 

At the fire awareness meeting, it was brought up that money is needed.

For more than two years, I have personally lobbied for a fire representative from either state or county or Cambria Fire to visit my neighborhood and make suggestions as to how small fuel could be reduced on individual properties, so as to protect the surrounding ones. 

If neighborhoods, one by one, grouped together and trimmed, gathered, picked up and loaded all the small fuel into a truck to be taken to a green waste hauler for chipping, we could cut down on time wasted waiting for pickup in my neighborhood.

I notified both CDF and Cambria Fire Department (on a document hand-

delivered to each of them by me) that I would be willing to pay for it.

It is certain that, right now, we need neighborhood muscle and lots of heart in order to aid our fire services in protecting our own property.

Vivian Thompson

Cambria

Toast CCSD, water project

Following a hearing on Tuesday, March 10, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court denied petitioner LandWatch’s motion for a preliminary injunction to shut down the Cambria Community Services District’s Emergency Water Supply Project (EWS).  

The court rejected all of LandWatch’s tiresome arguments attacking the validity of the CCSD’s declaration of a water emergency and the legality of the EWS. The court also ruled that the CCSD, as well as the entire Cambria community, may suffer hardship should the district be prevented from operating the EWS this summer as the fourth consecutive year of severe drought drags on.  

All Cambrians should draw a glass of water and toast the project, the CCSD and the court.  This is truly a great day for the EWS and for Cambria’s future.  

Mark Rochefort

Cambria

Preventing wildfires

The grand jury and other agencies have confirmed that we are threatened by a possible wildfire largely because of the drought that has killed many of our wonderful trees and shrubbery.

I have a forested lot and harvest roof rainwater. The 7 or so inches we received last December could have filled my 2,000 gallons of various tanks at least 10 times over.  

We had a visitor, a fire captain, who only days later fought the 2014 San Diego Cedar Ridge Fire. He did a run-through of my property — you might seek that yourself. Dry pine needles unattended to, he says, could catch understory in trees, which could easily leap to wooden upper decks. So I cut about 10 feet of understory and started eliminating the pine needles. (It’s a big job, but there are people who can help).

I researched roof designs then and learned that asphalt shingles are pretty safe from flames, but embers can get into eaves with openings under the roof. Obviously, a metal or tile roof is better (with eaves sealed), and we’ll probably replace ours eventually and possibly add a reflective coating before that.

Creating a “defensive space” by clearing branches and shrubbery several feet from the walls of your house and roof also makes perfect sense.

I am sure that the CCSD meeting today on the threat of fires/fire prevention and safety will be very helpful. Don’t delay. Things are drying out fast.

William L. Seavey

Cambria

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