Spring Means Brush Fire Season

Spring wildfire season is a dangerous time for those living near wooded areas. One Albemarle woman's home had a close encounter with a brush fire. Full Story
Ice Dogg

Richmond, VA

#1 Apr 9, 2013
Don't throw live butts out the window.
Jeff

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Apr 9, 2013
It would be nice to make clear, NOT TO THROW CIGARETTES OUT OUT CAR WINDOWS. THIS BAD HABIT IS NEVER ADDRESSED. Any brush fire next to the road is obvious.
really jeff

Ruckersville, VA

#3 Apr 9, 2013
its not just the smokers that may have started the fire. not all smokers flick their cigs out the window. keep it real.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Apr 9, 2013
Jeff wrote:
It would be nice to make clear, NOT TO THROW CIGARETTES OUT OUT CAR WINDOWS. THIS BAD HABIT IS NEVER ADDRESSED. Any brush fire next to the road is obvious.
they're subconscious arsonists
caring

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Apr 10, 2013
I think there should be a new law! People that throw cigarettes out of windows should have to go 10 miles picking up cigarette buds then have to eat them!!!! Then maybe they will think twice before the do it again!!!!!!!
Sarg

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Apr 10, 2013
I would like to know (from fire officials) what good the "burn law" is. I have never noticed any changes in wind patterns at 4 P.M. If anything, they are stronger after 4, at least for a while. I see (and smell) outdoor fires in my suburban neighborhood, both before and after 4 P.M.; some of these are within just a few feet of occupied dwellings. Where is the enforcement?

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

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#8 Apr 10, 2013
Sarg wrote:
I would like to know (from fire officials) what good the "burn law" is. I have never noticed any changes in wind patterns at 4 P.M. If anything, they are stronger after 4, at least for a while. I see (and smell) outdoor fires in my suburban neighborhood, both before and after 4 P.M.; some of these are within just a few feet of occupied dwellings. Where is the enforcement?
Typically in our area both the wind and humidity change for the better in mid afternoon. Another side benefit is that if there is a problem that requires emergency personnel, you will get a much larger amount of support as the volunteers leave their jobs for the day and are available.
If you're seeing the law being broken, a simple phone call will require an investigative response.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Apr 10, 2013
Jeff wrote:
It would be nice to make clear, NOT TO THROW CIGARETTES OUT OUT CAR WINDOWS. THIS BAD HABIT IS NEVER ADDRESSED. Any brush fire next to the road is obvious.
You're kidding right? "This bad habit is never addressed?" Sound like a case of selective observation.

That said, obviously the butts should not be flicked. But DOF info suggests of all brush fires last year only 5% were from the butts - about the same proportion as were set by children. The #1 cause of brush fires is actually debris burning. I'll repeat my first line: That said, obviously the butts should not be flicked.
Get Real

Washington, DC

#10 Apr 10, 2013
Laughing at the fools wrote:
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Typically in our area both the wind and humidity change for the better in mid afternoon. Another side benefit is that if there is a problem that requires emergency personnel, you will get a much larger amount of support as the volunteers leave their jobs for the day and are available.
If you're seeing the law being broken, a simple phone call will require an investigative response.
Right on both counts...the conditions are better to prevent/fight brush fires, and more Vol's are available.

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