five days into june, hot, dry and extremely windy continues to be the norm around these parts. most every day is a "red flag" day and this far into the year, 2011 remains the driest since 1956.
with the heat, wind and multiple "wildfires" seen around here this year the "hot topic" in view of the current conditions, and the fast approaching 4th of july, is whether to ban the sale of fireworks.
it seems like a no-brainer to me. the area grasses are more than tinder dry and can burst into flame at the smallest spark; whipped by the pugnacious panhandle winds, that hint of a spark can be fanned into a massive wildfire, racing ahead of the wind, leaving fear, danger and destruction in it's path .
tens of thousands of acres have burned, scores of homes and other properties have been consumed. firefighters have lost their lives.
banning the sale of fireworks for this fourth of july is the right decision. failing to step up, to make that hard choice, would be irresponsible. deciding authorities, do the right thing, for the good of all. aio