Sunday, May 18, 2008

Smoky Sunday

North Stuart, FL, is permeated with smoke; the smoke-smell fills the porch through the screens as if a fire is very VERY close.

The atmospheric temperature is already very hot -- in the 90-degree range during past weeks.

Evening television broadcast (Channel 12, West Palm Beach):

The fire is shown to be widespread on the west side of Lake Okeechobee, in the Moore Haven area, with a prevailing wind sending the smoke into Martin County. Recent lake-region fires have been alleged to be arson, so that one is perhaps another cigarette-related blaze.

There are some 'controlled' fires lit from time to time in the region, to reduce piles of plant and other debris laying around, so the 'controlled-fire' tag also perhaps is a drag upon firefighter response time and stamina.

Code Huh? Are these the conditions that warrant an unmanned drone aircraft?

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