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Letter to the Editor

All smoke, all the time

To the editor: There exists a certain irony in the thick smoke now smothering Fairbanks from surrounding forest fires.

Some are being fought. I realize that. Bravely and efficiently by a thousand or more personnel.

But some fires are not being fought. In particular, the Nugget Fire out Chena Hot Springs Road. The thick smoke from that purposely unmanned fire is effecting our health.

Severely so.

Not fighting it was part of a policy to allow some fires to burn.

One government agency penalizes us in the winter for burning wood to keep warm.

They say the resulting thick smoke damages our health, and it probably does.

But another government agency in the same town encourages summer forest fires by not controlling them.

They say the resulting thick smoke damages our health, and it probably does.

They suggest we stay inside and not breathe the smoky air.

So our various government agencies here in Alaska are somewhat schizophrenic?

Saving us in the winter to suffocate us in the summer?

With impunity?

Classic case. Maybe a psychiatrist can tell us of what.

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