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Logic doused

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:After reading your Aug. 2 article on the Lost Man fire, I couldn’t help wondering where the fine line is between logic and bureaucracy.We’ve got four firefighters risking their lives hiking up to a lightning-sparked fire that could be a potential Storm King drama. Now, we have a firefighting helicopter hovering over the blaze but it’s not putting out the fire; it’s waiting for permission from the Forest Service to scoop a bucket of water out of Lost Man reservoir – permission, I might add, that never came till after it was too late.Give me a break. What do you suppose the Forest Service was pondering – the drought, the fish count?We’re talking about a bucket of water, not opening a dam! Have they eaten too much sandhill crane?I would truly like to hear a logical explanation, that’s logical now, why this helicopter from the fire dispatch center in Grand Junction could not override the almighty Forest Service and just put out the fire.Don Dixon Aspen


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