Posted by: wrmcnutt | September 2, 2009

Evacuating In Front of Wildfire

Amy Alkon’s blog has an entry today on people who refused to evacuate in front of the Station wildfire, and will now have to be rescued at the risk of firefighting personnel and at significant financial cost.  I have a little more sympathy for them than most people, probably for odd reasons. I grew up in hurricane country.  Like wildfire or a tsunami (these days), you can see a hurricane coming from way out, and get out of the way.  The trouble is, amateur socialists (thieves) do not.  (Note:  Amateur socialists steal.  Professional socialists use the power of the government to steal for them.  Either way, you take stuff from people who own it, and give it to people wo don’t.) And they’ll break in and rob you blind whether the storm comes or not.  Worse than that, after the storm, should it hit, the law won’t let you back to your own home, while the looters run rampant. If you want to be able to guard your property, you have to stay with it.

So I can understand why it would be hard to evacuate, even looking down the maw of wildfire.

The attitudes in the comments section run the gamut between “let ’em burn” and “rescue them, but bill them.”

What do you think?

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  1. I kinda figure if they wanted to stay, let them. But don’t answer calls for help when they change their minds.
    But I’m not firm on that. it’s just my inclination. Which is probably why I’m NOT in a vocational field where compassion for idiots is a requirement.

  2. ‘compassion for idiots’ — I like it. Could be why we’re in the state we’re in. We pay for all kinds of idiots…

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