Yes we’re evacuated.
Yes it’s inconvenient and a little uncomfortable, if for no other reason than our routine has been completely disrupted.
BUT… and this is important.
It is far better for me to be here.
Not because I’m scared but because I’m out of the way!
Narrow roads, unpredictable fire, lots of equipment, lots of firemen, the very real potential for chaotic and potentially dangerous retreat where second of delay can cost lives.
So the Firefighters correctly asked us to evacuate. They very patiently explained their reasoning to people who didn’t get it, and yet…
There were dumbasses who insisted on not leaving when they’re asked to do so. I get it, they wanted to stay to protect their homes if possible.
If I didn’t have responsibility for the dog, I might have been one of those dumbasses. Of course… The key would have been in the ignition of the car, the car nose out in the driveway and the basics would have been packed in the back of the car.
Worse yet are the dumbasses who insist on walking into an evacuated area.
Folks that don’t leave are, at least Identifiable because they’re going to be hunkered down in their houses. If things go bad the Firefighters can make sure they can take those folks with them.
But what about the people that walk in?
Are these people thinking at all?
Many of them don’t belong or live in the area, and don’t know what they’re walking into.
They’re placing yet another strain on the Police & Firefighters. Yes, another strain… How do the police know you’re not up to no good?
The Police and Firefighters are busting their asses to make sure that the property is protected from both the fire and from opportunistic scumbags.
The presence of people walking in and out of the evacuation area makes the jobs of the Firefighters and Police much more difficult than it needs to be.
These guys, have to keep doing head-counts to keep track of the number of folks coming in & out. And with ecah new body they see, its another person they’re responsible for.
The Firefighters and Police primary duty is to protect human life, then structures & property. (Yep even idiots who by all that’s Holy should have offed themselves years ago and earned a Darwin Award in the process)
Your presence in the area makes them responsible for you.
Honestly I’d rather have the Firemen concentrating on putting the fire out instead of counting or trying to control idiots.
But then again, I’m funny that way. I’d rather not lose my home again.
If the wind changes and the fire starts moving fast toward them what are those people on foot going to do?
Ask for the cops to give them a ride out? Hop on the firetrucks and hope theres enough room?
I’d like to see the police give them a ride out of the area… to the local jail. Charge them with insufferable stupidity and hold them for 10 days. But that’s me…
Should the wind change, causing the firefighters have to fall back… Does it ever occur to these idiots, that a Firefighter or Police officer may lose their life trying to find or protect their moronic asses?
Of course not…
Nope! All these people think about is their own selfish desires and self importance.
So, for the sake of the morons in the crowd.
Fire has big red things climbing trees and crawling on bushes
Smoke from fire hard to breath its bad
Firefighters make fire go away
When Fireman tells you to go away… Do it!
Go find someone else to annoy perhaps you can go chat up someone in the media I’m sure one of them would love to hear your inane driveling about big fire, lots of smoke, and that you were scared.
The media won’t even bother to ask if you’re a resident or why you crossed an evacuation line in the first place.
One last thing… we pretty much all agree that the Main Stream Media are a bunch of idiots… So since THEY are out of the evacuation areas what does that say about those folks that cross evacuation lines on foot?
Think about it.