Deadly drought and heat: The West’s conflagrations

Deadly drought and heat: The West’s conflagrations ^ | 7/17/2017 | Barbara Simpson

Posted on 7/17/2017, 8:53:08 AM by rktman

I never get used to it even though it happens every year – raging wildfires across towns, counties and states.

City people cannot fully appreciate the horror of such fires, but those of us who live in areas where wild nature is part of the daily landscape know how devastating and dangerous such conflagrations are.

I know it firsthand. While covering a fire as a reporter in the Malibu hills with a news camera crew, we were on a hilltop with the firefighters when suddenly the fire turned and jumped the canyon, right over us. We were surrounded, isolated and without the water trucks.

When I looked up at the sky, all I could see was sheets of flame. We were in the middle of a firestorm with no way out. Fortunately, it didn’t last, or I wouldn’t be here writing this.

I’ve never forgotten it, and I have great respect for the fires and the men who fight them.

Whether the fires are man-caused – intentional or not – or whether nature itself sparks the flames – dry lightening being the most dangerous – the end result is that the flames take the upper hand, destroying virtually everything in their path. The best residents can do is try to escape – with their animals, if possible – ahead of the destruction, leaving the firefighters to use whatever means they have to slow the flames and hopefully prevent more damage.

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