Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, October 27, 2006 10:52 am

Death in the family

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 10:52 am

Jack K., the Grumpy Forester and a onetime smoke-eater himself, meditates on the deaths of four firefighters (a fifth remains in serious condition) in the arson wildfire now burning in Southern California.

Which, I am delighted to observe, still has the death penalty.

My experience with wildfire is limited, I am delighted to say, but my one trip into one, in 1985, will stay with me the rest of my life. Two things stand out: the spontaneous reignition of a tree stump as I attempted to balance my camera’s zoom lens on it to shoot a ring of fire encircling an adjoining peak; and the length of time aluminum, once part of a mobile home, stayed hot after burning. You spend a few minutes around some of that and you begin to understand, tout de suite, just how incredibly stupid some of the 9/11 conspiracy theories really are.

My condolences to the firefighters’ families. My gratitude and admiration to the firefighters for the work they do. My contempt for the arsonist(s).

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