[elky] Re: Robert v. fire

I am very glad the aerial fireworks ban was passed by the county, but I am 
still thinking of wetting my roof just in case of some rogue idiot.  Not all 
surrounding counties have passed the same ban.

I am very sensitive on the issue of fireworks because one day when I was 8 or 9 
or so, a house on the next street over burned to the ground.  The cause was 
kids playing with small fireworks, not even rockets, and one threw one and it 
stuck in the gutter of a house and smoldered long after the kids had gone back 
inside (the house was not theirs).  A poor guy lost everything.

This is not an area particularly known for wildfires.  The problem is the 
extreme drought we have been in for almost half a year.  We are already over a 
foot behind in rainfall for the year.  So far, we don't have water 
restrictions, because the Trinity River upstream has gotten near-normal 
rainfall, but things are extremely dry, and we have also been having low 
humidity during the day, which is unusual for Houston and bad for fire danger.


On Jun 15, 2011, at 11:10 AM, Mary McCarthy wrote:

> that time of year, although it does seem early.  Stay safe and pay attention, 
> them things move so fast.
> 
> Mary
>> There was a serious grass fire near where I live today.  It's on the other 
>> side of the Beltway, a few miles down the road, and there are lots of places 
>> to make a firebreak, so I don't think any houses will be affected, but this 
>> area is extremely dry.  I saw the helicopter that was doing water drops 
>> while I was flying RC planes at a nearby park.
>> 
>> Here's the story.
>> 
>> http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8190175
>> http://www.khou.com/news/Wildfire-smoke-prompts-officials-to-shut-down-Beltway-8-feeder-at-Mykawa-123848974.html
>> http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7610526.html
>> 
>> As of a half hour ago, the Beltway feeder road was still closed.  It was 
>> shut down this afternoon so fire engines could park on it.  The tollway is 
>> open and fees are waived, but I am *very* glad I did not have to be on the 
>> Beltway.  It was backed up solid, because the wind was blowing the smoke 
>> over it.
>> 
>> On the way back from dinner, I passed a gas station where four Pearland fire 
>> trucks that had been at the scene were filling up.  Three engines and a 
>> booster (brush truck).
>> 
>> I'm fine, and like I said, this fire won't affect any houses, but I pray 
>> some idiot doesn't flick a cigarette and start another fire that does hurt 
>> someone.
>> 
>> I am watering the living daylights out of my lawn.  I just spread fertilizer 
>> and my mission is to keep it damp.  Thankfully my back fence is against a 
>> main road which has an open area (no trees)  beyond it, so wildfire won't be 
>> a huge concern.  I hope...
>> 
>> The county has banned aerial fireworks for the holiday.  They are already 
>> illegal in the city, but I am not in the city, so morons come out here for 
>> their annual bombardment.  Thankfully the county moved preemptively and 
>> banned their sales, so on the rare chance I do see any being fired, I will 
>> call the fire marshal, who can and will give tickets and confiscate.
> 
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