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Our View: Putting out the fire

“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.”

The above quote is attributed to Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, nearly 2,500 years ago.

It is a statement that holds true today, but doing the opposite – carelessly starting a fire – can erase our good deeds.

This summer has been hot and dry.

The green grass is turning brown and resembles kindling. Fires are starting to spread more and more frequently.

Through all of this, Craig Fire/Rescue has done an outstanding job of containing blazes and saving houses, land and lives.

Still, as a community, we cannot depend on the department alone. We all need to be vigilant.

The fireworks were fun, but it’s time to put them down. The Fire Department went on five fireworks-related fires from July 1 to July 6, yet people still are shooting them off.

Setting up camp often involves a fire. Not at this point of the year.

Burning trash or weeds is no longer an option.

If you smoke, be careful with how you put out your cigarette.

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols said human carelessness with fireworks and smoking are two of the main fire starters in Moffat County.

“Wild fires are all the way around us,” he said. “Be careful with your activities.”

Let’s face it – the Fire Department has plenty to worry about with fires started by nature, such as lightning strikes and wind changing the behavior of fires. Human-caused fires only add to the burden.

To that end, The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners implemented a fire ban Tuesday effective immediately.

We should follow those guidelines. From campfires to burning trash, these activities need to cease.

But it is more than that. The editorial board urges you to be vigilant.

If you see someone breaking the ban, get him or her to stop or contact the Police and/or Fire Department immediately.

That truly will be a good deed if it prevents a fire. And that cannot be erased.

But if a fire erupts and you started it or you could have prevented it, the blackened land scorched by carelessness will be our blame to take.

Let your good deeds be remembered by limiting the number of fires that occur this summer.

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