By Jamie Rieger
With all the hot, dry conditions we have been encountering lately, it’s no wonder the horizon is hazy day in and day out.
Whether the haze is coming from forest fires burning in British Columbia or grassfires ripping across the prairie, it seems the hot, dry weather has arrived a few weeks earlier than normal.
The volunteer firefighters that serve our rural areas have been busy the last week or two, fighting fires started by lightning, farm equipment, and human error.
It is our duty then to do whatever we can to minimize any fire risk by taking all precautions and heeding the fire advisories, restrictions, and complete bans. If you are doing something that could spark a fire, operating farm equipment that could spark on a rock, for instance, have a water source close by so it can be extinquished in rapid fashion.
And, for goodness sakes, do not intentionally start a fire when you are not permitted by the municipality to do so. That’s just asking for trouble, in my opinion.
Yes, fire bans do nothing to stop lightning strikes, such was the case with the fires in the deep south of the County of Forty Mile over the weekend. But, those firefighters have been tirelessly working and we all must do what we can to ensure they don’t get another call to duty.