Fire a danger we all pose
May 10, 2013
A grant that will help reduce fire danger in Haines Canyon, and Minden Air's U.S. Forest Service contract to provide a jet tanker were welcome news for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week.
But even better news was a week of wet weather, which will help slow down the beginning of fire season.
Even wildfires that were actually burning in California got doused pretty good by the recent rain.
One fire official we talked to said you would have a hard time starting a fire if you wanted to.
But the rain won't last forever, and whatever grass comes up as a result of it will just be added to the fuel loads in June and July.
It's hard to say what a fire season will look like in early May, but we've tried. Parts of the Great Basin may see less fuel to burn thanks to a dry winter, while the Sierra may be ripe for a big burn.
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It has been six years since the Angora Fire at Lake Tahoe, nine years since Waterfall in Carson City, and 17 years since Autumn Hills.
These three fires all claimed homes, and thousands of acres of timber, and had one other thing in common — they all started through human action.
We know lightning doesn't read the newspaper or listen to news broadcasts.
That's why things like Wildfire Awareness Week are so important. Our worst fires are the ones caused by our own carelessness. Raising awareness is a good way to alert people to the danger they pose to life and property.