caveat sitibus: beware the drought!

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2005 at 9:52 am by Chelsea Green Publishing

We knew when we started that this blogging thing might be dangerous…

>Grasshopper Sparks Wildfire
Coulee City, Wash. (AP)–There are lightning-caused wildfires. There are wildfires sparked by human negligence. And there are fires started by flaming grasshoppers.

>A grasshopper that was incinerated after it jumped onto an electric fence caused the fire that broke out Sunday on the Colville Indian Reservation, said Roland Emetaz, spokesman for the Central Washington Area Team, the area’s wildfire coordination agency.

>”The grass is very dry in this country,” Emetaz said. “Any ignition and you’ve got a fire.” The fire northeast of Grand Coulee Dam had spread to 3,500 acres by Monday. (from Odds 7 Ends, Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, TN.)

But one question: how did they know it was a grasshopper? I guess we have a penchant for being incendiary. Look out!

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