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7/8/2019
Be diligent

While the rain will come — this IS Ketchikan — it behooves us all to be careful about starting fires that might spread and cause unintended consequences.

Wildfires are burning across Alaska, prompted by a hot, dry season.

Anchorage set a record 90 degrees on the Fourth of July; Ketchikan is in a “drought” of sorts. Recorded inches of rainfall for the year fall below what the community has become accustomed to.

Given the more frequent sunshine and warmer days, some in Ketchikan are taking advantage of the opportunity to visit campgrounds and the back country, as well as off-island beaches and the woods.

Others are staying closer to home, building fires in backyards and other places to barbecue and roast marshmallows.

Controlled fires with proper supervision make those events successful.

Inattention to fires could lead to loss of life and property. The key is to be diligent about tending to and then extinguishing fires upon leaving them.

At least this summer, the rain might not do its part if called upon.

Careful out there with fire.