A number of people sent me the link to this video clip. (Thanks, all of you.) It shows a camp fire (perhaps a portable barbecue grill) that got out of hand. It happened last weekend in Poland, or so I’m told.
Yep. Take strong wind, add even a small fire, and a single blown coal or burning twig can cause disaster, particularly if nearby trees and/or brush are dry, or burn easily. That took no more than 30 seconds from small campfire to major conflagration.
Folks, if you build camp fires outdoors, please, please be careful. I’ve been in or near wildfires on several occasions in my old African stamping grounds. They’re no fun at all. Even if you escape them, many animals can’t. When you see them, unable to flee from you because of their burns and other injuries, helpless, in agony, just waiting to die or be killed by predators (because they can’t do anything else) . . . it’s a horrifying sight.