Forest Service firefighters try to keep flames from jumping Angeles Crest Highway on the critical second day of the Station fire. They did not succeed, and the six-week blaze became the largest in Los Angeles County history, scorching 250 square miles and destroying more than 200 structures. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times / August 26, 2009)
Here’s the article.
Working in fire suppression seems like a hopeless “darned if you do darned if you don’t” in an atmosphere of intense political pressure (to save money AND put out fires), knowing there’ll be a later maelstrom of finger-pointing and Monday morning quarterbacking, with some threats of personal liability thrown in for good measure. Don’t know how they put up with it, but I’m glad they do.
Thank you, firefighters!