As a result I stepped out of the house feeling rather bleary after breakfast especially as my dog was mad keen for her second walk of the day. The dawn walk when I got home was forgotten already and Cheyenne the Wonder Lab was irritatingly frisky.
And much to my surprise Big Pine Key was on fire and roasting quite nicely to judge from the horizon.
There was actually a very small inconspicuous notice posted outside the CVS pharmacy explaining the prescribed burn, designed to clear undergrowth and allow new growth to sprout.
It is also I have no doubt a useful time to train firefighters in ways to protect the Keys when the burn is decidedly not prescribed.
Fire is always a little scary to see, except to people who actually enjoy that stuff. I remember when I was a small boy our kitchen caught fire at home and the blackened charred room was quite frightening and my mother covered my eyes when we walked by the same way she did when there was a bad wreck on the autostrada.
Some people like fires And enjoy the challenge of exerting control.
Not to be tragic but I've told my wife if ever I am really badly burned to please finish me off as I cannot imagine the agony of surviving extensive burns. That these people, photographed on the fly, do these acts of bravery for a living is beyond my capacity to imagine.
Flames are scary and I'd rather try to return broken merchandise to a big box store than deal with this stuff.
Big Pine Key looked quite beset.
I'm glad they knew what they were doing.
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