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October 24, 2021

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Sumacs are very pretty in the fall with their red leaves.

Your cottonwood tree sounds like my departed willow tree; shedding branches year round and being a general mess at all times. Better to take it down before it causes any damage to the house.

Bogie--I hadn't correlated our situations with the two trees, but agree with you. Your dad worries about mechanical damage to the house from that tree (and has, for years) while I have begun to worry about a woods wildfire coming up the creek.

Having been a part of the American Red Cross's disaster response team on a huge wildfire near San Diego in the Fall of 2007 (training people who were coordinating between Red Cross and governmental agencies), I've become a fan of Cal Fire. For many years Cal Fire has put out guidelines (and, for Californians, legal requirements) for hardening ones home and providing defensible space around it. Our wildfire danger pales in comparison to much of California's; but, even here in Kansas we are experiencing more wildfires than ever.

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