If you say it’s a recreational fire, you’d better be roasting marshmallows ...


The call that came in to 911 on a Friday evening was logged as a brush fire. But police and firefighters arrived to find a backyard gathering and a disgruntled neighbor.

The fire was deemed recreational, not out-of-control and not illegal.

The neighbor, one of many close by in the relatively dense neighborhood, said the frequent backyard fires fill his home with smoke odors. He fears the fires are large enough to ignite the tree canopy.

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