May 24, 2019 12:00 pm
Updated: May 24, 2019 9:22 pm

Bob Layton: What if you were to blame for a massive wildfire?

WATCH ABOVE: In his latest editorial, Bob Layton talks about the wildfire situation in Alberta.

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So, here we are getting deeper into wildfire season — a time when people come out of their homes near forested areas and suddenly see a wall of smoke with a baseboard of fire on Hell’s horizon.

I have never been through it, so I can’t imagine being told I need to evacuate quickly and have to make some terrible decisions about what I can fit into my car and what I’m going to have to leave behind.

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We’ve all seen both ends of the wildfire spectrum, the total destruction of homes, people trying to outrun the flames and firefighters putting their lives on the fire-line.

And then we’ve seen the open arms of people offering beds and food and pet care and the kind of unconditional love that asks nothing in return.

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There is another disconcerting angle to all of this.

I have a letter from Alan, who driving home the other night, saw six incidents of people throwing cigarettes from cars. Six times — and those are only the ones he saw.

I know many new cars do not come with ashtrays. I also know they are available if you ask.

The experts tell us many fires are human-caused.

READ MORE: Two new human-caused wildfires in the B.C. Interior

Imagine. What if you were responsible for one of these fires?

 

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