Monitored brush fires keep land clear of hazards

On Sept. 18 at about 10 a.m. someone turned me into the fire department for an outdoor bush fire. I have five acres across the road from a 212-unit housing development. I had a tarp on the brush pile which was about four feet high and four feet across all summer long to keep it dry, so when I did burn it there was less smoke. I suspect someone in the development on the hill across the road did it.

My point in writing is: I have been keeping my land clear of fire hazards by keeping the brush down and clearing wind-blown branches about once a year I burn it. I have done this since 1964 on this place.

What burns me is that some Johnny-come-lately on the hill can complain about air pollution when they have at least 212 cars on that hill along with their homes, and all the trees removed. Who is the bigger polluter?

I served in the Army from June 11, 1941 to October 7, 1945, most of that time in England, Normandy, Northern France and central Europe. I feel they are taking away some of my freedom. What’s next, keeping me from heating my home with wood (which I do)?

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