I guessed there would be blowback when my memo to Robb Davis appeared in print, but I was surprised by the volume of calls and emails.
So to rebut: The option to report an offending fire is no panacea and a lame compromise. Supposing the source of offending smoke is known and one doesn’t have to walk the darkened streets searching for it (all the while, breathing offensive air), what are the police going to do about the smoke? Order the fire doused? Order the damper closed to contain the smoke inside the offending residence?
No, the fire is allowed to burn itself out, which could take all night. All else said (or mostly unsaid, because I could go on), the salient point here is this: Is the evening’s pleasure of one person or household more valuable than the health and well-being of countless others?