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Crow starts brush fire
The White Mountain Independent ^ | 4/26/2013 | Mike Leiby

Posted on 04/27/2013 8:38:58 AM PDT by Migraine

CONCHO — There is an old saying about eating crow when one is in the wrong, but what happens to a crow who makes a faulty decision?

One such bird who made the wrong decision paid the ultimate price, and then some.
A small brush fire in Old Concho was started around 1:30 p.m. on April 22 by a crow that was wiresitting on a telephone pole. According to Vernon Fire Chief James Borrego, the crow touched the wire in such a way that the bird caught fire and fell to the ground.
The area where the crow fell was covered in grass. That started a four-acre brush fire near the Country Club.
Firefighters from the Vernon, St. Johns and Concho fire departments showed up and put it out in short order. There was no damage to any structures nor anyone hurt, other than the bird.
Borrego said putting out the fire was not a huge task, although high winds that afternoon hampered efforts.
“This is definitely a first for me,” Borrego said about the circumstances of the fire.

Reach the reporter at mleiby@wmicentral.com


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona
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Sometimes you can't win for losin'.
1 posted on 04/27/2013 8:38:58 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: Migraine

This is in Arizona, by the way.


2 posted on 04/27/2013 8:42:30 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: Migraine

Crows might be the smartest animals on the planet. This one got a tad unlucky.


3 posted on 04/27/2013 8:42:38 AM PDT by sakic
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To: sakic

No kidding. I think the crow community of Concho is in session right now, plotting revenge. They are quite the terrorists, you know.


4 posted on 04/27/2013 8:46:57 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: Migraine

Poor crow. :-(


5 posted on 04/27/2013 8:51:21 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Migraine

Experiments on crow intelligence over the last decade have revealed shocking data that may indeed place them as incredibly bright. Their tool skills exceed primate tool skills.


6 posted on 04/27/2013 8:51:47 AM PDT by sakic
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To: Migraine

Bull....the crow was smoking weeds.


7 posted on 04/27/2013 8:52:13 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: sakic

Well this heckler was definitely both shocking and bright that particular day... :)


8 posted on 04/27/2013 8:56:22 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: Migraine

Do crows qualify for Darwin Awards?


9 posted on 04/27/2013 8:58:18 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: sakic
Crows might be the smartest animals on the planet.

There are probably less 'crow' electrocutions than there are human ones, even with the given that crows spend much of their time with their feet planted on a high energy line.

10 posted on 04/27/2013 8:58:38 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Migraine
A small brush fire in Old Concho was started around 1:30 p.m. on April 22 by a crow that was wiresitting on a telephone pole. According to Vernon Fire Chief James Borrego, the crow touched the wire in such a way that the bird caught fire and fell to the ground.

I don't see how that could happen unless there was a poor design, or there was something wrong with the wires or pole.

11 posted on 04/27/2013 9:00:51 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Migraine

Both crows and stellar jays have swooped down and snatched pancakes off of unattended plates a couple of times over the years on camping trips.


12 posted on 04/27/2013 9:05:23 AM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: sakic

http://www.cracked.com/article_19042_6-terrifying-ways-crows-are-way-smarter-than-you-think.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/joshua_klein_on_the_intelligence_of_crows.html

I love crows.


13 posted on 04/27/2013 9:06:20 AM PDT by Salamander (Freeps With Boas)
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To: Migraine

DIDN’T YOU HEAR THE FORESTRY COMMERICIALS ?
DIDN’T YOU HEAR SMOKEY THE BEAR TELL THE KID
9 OUT OF 10 FOREST FIRES ARE STARTED BY PEOPLE ....

OUR GOVERNMNET WOULDN’T LET SMOKEY THE BEAR LIE NOW WOULD IT ?


14 posted on 04/27/2013 9:07:20 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause..Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Moonman62

May have straddled the line and a ground line, or landed on a guy wire and then flapped his wings catching the hot wire above.

In Michigan a few years ago a goose for some reason tried to fly between the wires and his wingtips clipped each one, *POOF*.


15 posted on 04/27/2013 9:08:13 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Migraine

Did someone throw the crow a ground wire?


16 posted on 04/27/2013 9:08:21 AM PDT by Figment
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To: Migraine

Anybody got any good recipes for fried crow?


17 posted on 04/27/2013 9:43:28 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Migraine
I read in an old folklore book that crows are attracted to smoke. They use smoke to cleanse their feathers and body from mites and other things. They are even smart enough to have picked up discarded cigarettes or embers that are still burning and carry them to barns to start hay fires, just to make smoke. This is why crows got the reputation of being bad luck. Farmers would always shoot any crows they saw hanging around.
Crows also mate for life and hang together in families, aunts, uncles, cousins. When you see a flock they are all related.
18 posted on 04/27/2013 9:58:33 AM PDT by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: Migraine; TomServo
You know anything about this, Servo?


19 posted on 04/27/2013 10:00:03 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Moonman62

Seen it happen before. Crow in right place, reached and touched ground, BANG.


20 posted on 04/27/2013 10:12:31 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: mosesdapoet
9 OUT OF 10 FOREST FIRES ARE STARTED BY PEOPLE ....

Well and now we know the other 1/10 are started by crows ;)
21 posted on 04/27/2013 10:12:49 AM PDT by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: Abathar
a goose for some reason tried to fly

I saw one strike a power line that sent him cartwheeling to the ground with a thud. He then got up and looked around, probably wondering WTH then flew off again.......

22 posted on 04/27/2013 10:16:59 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: sakic

They drop walnut shells on the street all the time. Cracks em open. The younger ones have to learn about height but catch on pretty quick.


23 posted on 04/27/2013 10:17:14 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: X-spurt; Abathar

I guess I live in a place where they don’t put a ground that close to a live wire.


24 posted on 04/27/2013 10:21:42 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: sakic
Crows might be the smartest animals on the planet. This one got a tad unlucky.

This one flunked electrical engineering in college. His nickname is/was "Sparky".

25 posted on 04/27/2013 10:25:06 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Moonman62

I saw the results of a similar event about 10 years ago. A wiresitting crow flapped his wings and shorted the two conductors...POOFF!! Tripped the utility breaker and shut the power down in our commercial complex. Went outside and there was the fried and smoking crow at the bottom of the pole.


26 posted on 04/27/2013 10:25:17 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: battousai

Stop eating lead paint


27 posted on 04/27/2013 10:34:59 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause..Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Migraine

Fate you can’t fight it,it’s futile.


28 posted on 04/27/2013 10:35:18 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Moonman62

Top of your transformer. Safety fuse to transformer case (grounded) or crow standing on trans and pecking at something near high voltage hot connection. Watched it happen to a squirrel once, flaming squirrel, grass-fire and all.


29 posted on 04/27/2013 11:28:40 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!!!

Nope..


30 posted on 04/28/2013 1:13:44 PM PDT by TomServo
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