A huge swath of smoke is visible to Albuquerque residents this afternoon after a large wildfire in the Northern end of Corrales was reported at 3:30 p.m. The fire is now burning on both sides of the Rio Grande River. The wind is expanding the fire toward the Sandia Pueblo range lands however there are structures in the surrounding area on the other side of the river. No homes are currently 'evacuating'. There are road closures currently in effect on 4th Street North...

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Undoubtedly this will be the burnt straw that will effectively close the Bosque...Perhaps 2012 is time for Albuquerque to finally JUST SAY NO TO FIREWORKS.

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Comment by hettie on June 26, 2012 at 10:59am

ooh, it's been ages since I was called a socialist on dcf! lebowski, is that your real identity? I'm gonna make a generalization here and say that anyone who invokes the constitution in a discussion about a one-time ban on fireworks sales because of dangerous drought conditions is someone who's reacting based on an unbendable ideology, rather than an intelligent examination of the facts at hand.

chad, while I'm sure your assertion about the unconstitutionality of gun laws prohibiting firearms in certain public venues is even now changing hearts and minds among the judiciary, I'm gonna disagree, again, with your solution for solving large scale, human-caused fire. why? because it's a bad one.

as grumpy points out, fines and threats frequently fail to act as a deterrent. one example would be, oh, I don't know, dwi. despite increasingly harsh penalties, especially for first time offenders, dwi continues apace in our fine state. and while I agree with you that people would continue to find ways to consume alcohol if it were banned outright--prohibition has actually born out that fact--the means for producing alcohol for personal consumption are readily available and it's actually a fairly simple thing to produce. aerial fireworks, on the other hand, are not as easy for the average individual to produce. therefore, conditionally banning the sale of such fireworks because of severe drought conditions and extreme fire danger doesn't mean that people are going to rush out in droves to find ways around the ban so they can get their fireworks fix.

seriously though, if you can't live one season without getting to blow stuff up, maybe you should relocate to somewhere less prone to extreme fire events.

Comment by Chad on June 26, 2012 at 2:41pm

@hettie: Your example of the DWI problem in New Mexico doesn’t have any merit. Over the years the number of DWI’s in New Mexico has dropped significantly due to increased enforcement of our existing laws and stiffer penalties for offenders. I have not used fireworks in several years and don’t plan on using them this year, but those that chose to use them responsibly and follow safety precautions should have the right to do so. After the offenders get heavily fined and face jail time they will think twice about misusing fireworks. Everyone who doesn’t agree with you should relocate? I don’t plan on relocating anytime soon, but you and your ridiculous looking dog would fit in well in San Francisco.


@Grumpy: Way to spin it so that you make it sound like I think it’s ok to set off fireworks among the dry brush…Nice try Ms. Grumpy. I specifically mentioned those who are irresponsible and misuse fireworks should be heavily fined and face jail time. Patriotic recourse? If necessary, I hope that you would have enough sense to call the fire department and the police in that situation. ”I do not believe that fines and threats are a deterrent to - well, anything”. Try telling that to anyone in the judicial system or anyone who works in law enforcement. You would get laughed at. Your most ”prudent course of action” is assuming that most people don’t have the mental capacity or judgment to use fireworks in a responsible manner.


@Phil_0: Keep making excuses about why the existing laws can’t be enforced. Banning fireworks will not change a thing. Those that want to use fireworks will find them.

Comment by Grumpy on June 27, 2012 at 6:12am

Mr. Chandler, I am not "spinning" anything - every single year there are people in my arroyo trying to set off fireworks. And thus I am  led to believe that most people do not have the mental capacity or judgment to use fireworks in a responsible manner. 

Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 6, 2012 at 10:32am
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