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News - August 3, 2007

No long-term damage from Stanford fire, experts say

Ecosystem should recover after blaze, but nearby homeowners nonetheless cautioned to safeguard property

by Arden Pennell

After wildfires burned nearly 200 acres of the Stanford University Dish area, transforming gold and green foothills into charred earth, some Dish regulars are concerned about the area's future.

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Posted by lynn, a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2007 at 11:24 am

arden pennell's work is well-rearched, polished, and balanced. Readers will no doubt appreciate such journalism.

Posted by registered user, Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 7, 2007 at 5:23 pm

How are the children (teenagers?) responsible being punished? Perhaps they should be given a tour of the destruction in their wake and also read the riot act by firefighters. Will their parents be responsible for some of the cost? I certainly hope so. I see this every day and am sickened by it.

Posted by moe, a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 9, 2007 at 7:29 pm

listen lady, maybe you missed the part where the stanford egghead said fires are good for the environment.

Posted by Get Real, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 24, 2007 at 1:54 pm

true - fires can be good for the environment, BUT surely you must realize that there's a BIG difference between a controlled burn and a wildfire set by juveniles. You did realize that people's homes and lives were in danger due to this fire? One firefighter was treated for exhaustion and smoke inhalation. Going along with your reasoning, perhaps tossing smoldering cigarette butts out of the car window while driving on the 280 should be considering a public service instead of a crime?

Posted by kk, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 11:44 am

Hey Moe, Get Real is dead on. Think about it. There are enough random fires caused by nature -- we don't need help from thoughtless or malicious human actions.

It's all sad, but people need to be accountable for their bad behavior. And if others are made aware of that accountability, perhaps they'll think twice before choosing a similar path.