Area firefighters say they do the best they can when it comes to warnings about fire safety. But for the most part, not much, if anything, gets done when people fail to heed those warnings. Gravois Fire Chief Ed Hancock says many in the public still view “no-burn” warnings as an invasion of their privacy and property rights, when it’s really about public safety.
Fire departments, though, have no stand-alone authority to enforce their no-burn policy. Their hands are somewhat tied because they have to rely on help from other agencies.
We’ve seen another large outbreak of out-of-control fires over the last couple weeks. Buildings have been destroyed, lives have been endangered….in the meantime, firefighters say they’ll continue to watch the weather, issue their warnings, and hope for the best.