Tyranny from the fire department?Submitted by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 01:06
I'm trying to pick the brains of the DP crowd. As a volunteer fireman, I have had to consider this possible scenario, and I don't want to be a tyrant.
In some of the drier areas of the country, the local governments issue "burn bans" during dry and/or windy conditions. Sometimes burn bans are issued for air quality reasons during inversion or stagnant air conditions.
As a lover of liberty, my "freedom first" philosophy kicks in and I oppose bans of any sort. As long as my right to burn on my property doesn't infringe on my neighbor's rights, then no victim, no crime.
If someone is burning on their own land, should the fire department have a right to march onto their property, against their wishes, and put out the fire, even if there was a burn ban in place? What if this occurred during a dry season with increasing winds?