But someone who hasn’t heard about the drought or these restrictions lit a fire on the Centennial Trail near the Inlander’s offices Tuesday.
At first, it didn’t look that bad. Maybe it was just a smoldering fire from a cigarette somebody carelessly flicked aside. But a closer look revealed that it was worse: a tree had caught on fire and the blaze was spreading.
Luckily, the fire department showed up, rolling its trucks out on the trail to put out the fire.
Some people stopped to gawk.
A firefighter started spraying the fire with a hose.
It was really smokey.
“People think we just come and spray water,” he says. “But it’s a process, otherwise you’ll see us again, and we don’t like to do that.”
Schaeffer adds that fires break out every year near the Centennial Trail, but he says that the paved pathway and the nearby development prevent blazes from spreading further.