I’m not taking about Utah’s passion, enthusiasm, or sports acumen. I’m talking about a conflagration. Flames. Tongues of fire. An inferno. Herriman Utah was evacuated earlier today because of a HUGE FIRE.
Where, pray tell, did this fire come from? Soldiers. Let me break it down for you:
Fort Williams: A military base in Utah.
Utah: A very dry part of the country, covered with dry sage brush.
Current Weather: Very hot with strong winds.
Question of the day: Should we shoot tracer* rounds on the machine gun range in the face of 95 degree temperatures, surrounded by hundreds of acres of dry brush and strong winds?
I don’t mean to belabor the point, but this is another clear example of people NOT asking the qualified staff here at RBDN for advice before making decisions. Come on, US Military, get your act together!
* What are tracer rounds? They are bullets with magnesium on the tip. Magnesium glows with an intense, white-hot flame. When tracer rounds are shot at night, you can see the path of the bullet. It’s neato. It’s also very dangerous (obviously) to shot tracers in a dry climate because of FIRE!.
We went out to photograph the event:
Here’s an on-location video (shot on the iPhone 4):
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