I am for an end to open burning not only because of the dangers with wildfires but also for environmental, health and safety reasons. The smell and soot emitted are unbearable at times. As a retired fire chief, what concerns me is where open burns are allowed. I’ve seen burns near homes, under pine trees, near children playing or near piled up branches where a gust of wind could cause the fire to spread in seconds. Instead, take your lawn debris to the recycling center.
I’d like to commend the firefighters, police and civilians for their bravery in the evacuation of the people living at Windsor Green and preventing this wildfire from spreading further. It is an honor to be part of the “brotherhood of firefighters.” Thankfully there was no loss of human life but sadly pets perished and my heart goes out to those who lost their precious pets.
Banning open burning is a simple step in preventing a small burn from turning into a wildfire that destroys in seconds.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.