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July 18, 2013

Think About It: Eyes On Fire

As the horrid heat approached with the upcoming dog days of late summer, we must sadly remind ourselves of the devastation to life and property that was recently caused by an out-of-control fire in Arizona. While it appears that fire began due to lightning strikes, we all know the stories locally about maliciously set fires, often on the leeward side of Oahu.

So now would be a good to remind yourself to be a citizen watchdog as you drive by areas that are prone to such malevolent activity. And if you live near an area that is real dry, it makes sense to have a heightened awareness of suspiciously parked cars or people coming out of the brush from time to time. And if you are out camping, don't leave fires unattended, leave plenty of room around the fire, and be aware of any overhanging trees or bushes on the vicinity of your campfire. Be careful when you toss water on the fire, as that often causes a big smokescreen. Smother the fire with sand or other non-flammable material before and as you water it.

Hawaii does not often see nature-caused wildfires, but we do see a few lunatics from time to time who plan in advance, normally operate compulsively and by themselves, are often driven by internal rage, and who are unconcerned by the possibility that the fires they start may destroy property and lives. Experts say they are also often repeat offenders. So keep an eye out and do our best to act as human deterrents during the dry summer and fall season ahead. An ounce of prevention could be worth an acre of spared terrain. Think about it…

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