The article in the New Paltz times is basically a rebuttal of all the negative publicity that the Mohonk Preserve has been getting for burning the ridge and putting neighbors at risk. It is interesting how they continue to say that fire is natural in the Northeast......complete propaganda!
Natural fires occur occasionally anywhere there is fuel, oxygen and lighting. Pretty sure that includes the northeast.
Fire risk to homes? It exists, always. Many home owners around here ask the fire company to burn their property to minimize that risk.
Spin it any way you like. Not all of us are fools.