Humans seem to fear all fires, especially fires in the forest or on the prairie. God seems to think most fires are really a good idea. One of us must be wrong.
There are only three ways God has to clean “His house,” the earth — fire, rain and wind. Fire in forests and on prairies is just as natural and as good as rain. When He sees the devastating fires on, He might think, “I wonder why these really smart humans don't just burn off the collected weeds, brush, dead trees (along with ticks, spiders and such parasites that are killing the pine trees) in a controlled manner, before the really bad fires come?”
Why don't the U.S. Forest Service and other departments promote controlled burning as a good thing? Well, they did try that a few years ago, but the people threw a fit and it was stopped. So now we're back to “all fires are evil” and Smokey Bear is again saying not to allow them.
So all we're waiting for now is for the “fuel” to build up to a point that a strong north wind will burn out entire housing subdivisions in the Oklahoma City area. An education campaign by the Forest Service might be a better idea.
Richard Hovis, Oklahoma City