A Note to Our News Media Friends

Please, oh, please, stop using the term “vegetation fire.”

We understand that you don’t want to say “forest fire” because it’s mostly crispy grass and manzanita and stuff that’s burning in open country. “Wildfire” sounds too scary, as if the fire still rages out of control, which makes it an inflammatory term, if you will pardon the pun. So you turned to “vegetation fire.”

But there’s already a term for such a fire. “Brushfire” is perfectly suited to the job. Please just call them “brushfires” and stop messing with our brains. “Vegetation fire” sounds like something terrible occurred at a salad bar.

Thank you.

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Steve Brewer

is the author of CUTTHROAT and 17 other books. Read more of his columns at http://stevebrewer.blogspot.com/, or follow him on Facebook.

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