Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Crispy Critters

It's said that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while, but the sighted have other problems that baffle Canadians:

OSOYOOS, British Columbia -- Once again, a squirrel clambering onto a power line has been blamed for a brush fire in this border town north of Oroville, Wash.

Firefighters were summoned Monday after a squirrel scrambled up a Fortis Inc. utility pole, got zapped and landed in flames on some dry brush outside a fruit packing business, Fire Chief Ross Driver said.

By the time a pumper truck and a bush truck arrived, nearby residents had doused the flames.

"This identical incident has happened on the same pole one or two times a year for the past several years," Driver said.

Each time, firefighters find a dead, burned squirrel at the base of the utility pole, he said.
Driver said he didn't know what Fortis could do to prevent future squirrel-caused fires.

Just a guess, fellas, install an anti-squirrel net around the pole.

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