If you listen to local police and fire scanner chatter, you know that brush fires are frequently reported and firefighters are dispatched, especially on warm, breezy days. It seems there’s always someone burning yard debris that has gotten out of control.
In the past two weeks. there also has been chatter about wildfires burning in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. One of the fires was started at Wolf Gap Campground, where a camper dumped ashes from his fire pit into the woods.
This week, spring showers and the lack of windy days have been a blessing to firefighters battling those fires. But as U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Stephanie Bushong reminded us in a story in Wednesday’s Daily, “Conditions could dry out again. We ask that people not get complacent with fire.”
So, unless you want your scanner-listening neighbors to know that you’re responsible for all those sirens, you may want to reconsider setting fire to that pile of branches from that Bradford pear tree that blew down in your yard last fall.
And speaking of hot spots and sirens: so far we’ve enjoyed a pleasant spring with a few warm days. As summer approaches, the temperature will rise and so will the number of complaints we hear on the scanner about dogs being left in a car with its windows rolled up.
In advance of the next hot day, we would like to remind dog owners that nothing provokes outrage in a passerby than a hot dog panting in a hot car. As evidenced by the number of hot dog in the car chatter on the scanner last summer, people will call the cops on you.