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County Plagued By Errant Fire Calls

Most of us remember the story of the little boy who cried “wolf.”  And while intentions are of the sincerest nature, errant calls about neighbors’ legal burning during burn week – or even a back yard barbeque as was the case a couple years ago – can be quite damaging to the system.  She urges people to do some investigation before placing a call to the fire department.  She says a response from the volunteers always put them at risk on the road, and in the end, their response can be a waste of time when they arrive to find someone with a legal bonfire or simply grilling his steaks. That’s Teton County Fire Marshal Kathy Clay who adds that it might be advisable as well to be proactive before conducting a burn and let neighbors know of your intentions.  She says it’s not a bad idea to have more sets of eyes watching the area for sparks to cause another unwanted fire.  Clay says, “With the warm weather, we expect these grasses from the winter that are dead to dry out really quickly; so fire spread is a significant concern – especially as the afternoon winds start to pick up.” Clay sounds the familiar cautions:  make sure the fire is sufficient distance from other combustibles; have plenty of water handy to control, or if necessary to put out the fire; and always be aware of winds that could pick up during the day and cause the fire to spread.

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