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Our View: A fiery report

Nearly four months after the fact, the Martis Fire investigation has been released. Many things caused the Martis Fire. High fuels and fiery conditions that man has no control over; a failure by CDF crews to properly check back on the earlier fire, and of course, good old human error.

The two local young men whose actions led to the Martis Fire clearly weren’t using their heads. They were camping on private land, without a campfire permit, and once the fire escaped their control they didn’t make sure it was really extinguished. They don’t deserve to be the sole scapegoats for the fire, but their actions were sadly indicative of what happened elsewhere this fire season – the Gap Fire’s origins were also an escaped campfire caused by carelessness, and it’s likely that the Star Fire was too.

If we have learned anything this summer, it’s that fire cannot be second-guessed. The young men whose actions led to the Martis Fire may yet be held accountable by the law. Theirs is a sad story, but one that can teach everyone a few lessons.

For the sake of everyone in this area, if you have a campfire in the woods, think before you act, and help avoid another Martis Fire.

Next time we all might not be so lucky.

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