I have read with interest the articles and letters on the new fire abatement program. I was not really con-cerned until I realized that a code being considered will make me cut down any live trees within 35 feet of my house that are touching other trees.

I went around my house 35 feet out and counted six trees that will have to be cut down. I called a tree trimmer and found out it will cost up to $10,000 to cut and haul these trees away.

These are healthy trees. I trim the dead branches and rake the pine needles every year.

I am sorry but this is a stupid new code that I will not be able to afford. I wonder if everyone realizes the potential cost of this program?

I have been trying to find out when and where this committee meets to voice my concerns before it is too late.

Lance Vannier
Pine Cove