Around, oh, maybe 1550 today I took one of my mini-breaks from slaving over the workbench, and figured it was about time to close the bedroom window, what with the warm part of the day being at an end.
Huckleberry was on the headboard, looking out the window in a worried manner.
There was smoke out there. Rather a lot of it.
Someone got over-enthusiastic with one the the barbecue pits in Orchard Gardens Park?
Um. The next-door neighbor's back fence is in fact on fire. Sounds like he's aware of it. Surely the fire department has been called... but I don't hear sirens yet.
Looks like someone's passed the neighbor's hose out to a passerby in the park, who's attempting to douse the fiery side of the fence.
So I amble out to my back yard, grab the hose, and make my little contribution. After a couple of minutes (and with sirens audible in the distance now), I bring my ladder over so I can see what I'm doing, and resume hosing down things that seem to need it. A crowd of spectators has gathered in the park.
Then the official Sunnyvale firemen arrive; appearance of a Gen-U-Wine Fire Hose (with a qualified operator, yet) is my cue to get out of the way.
With aggressive application of water (plus various demolition tools), the conflagration is soon extinguished, and I wander back indoors.
Then, as seen through the bedroom window, the firemen are sending a stream of water arcing over the fence toward "a small fire" (as one of them remarked) in the park proper, just about at extreme fire-hose range from the neighbor's yard.
Out to the park to play looky-loo....
First observation: the BBQ pits by the fence aren't there anymore, courtesy of the two-doors-down neighbor whose fence was ignited a couple of years ago by stray coals.
Said neighbor is there, and reports that the distant fires (2 ea.) had spring up in a barbecue pit and in a garbage can, after the fence fire was well underway.
So, firebug. Perhaps randomly-irresponsible kids and/or druggies. A cop was arriving on the scene just as I wandered off, but, not having any information to contribute that he couldn't get closer to first-hand, I didn't stick around.