Two of the people injured refused a mandatory evacuation order, said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. He said that the two didn’t realize how serious the threat of the fire was, and that they thought they could protect themselves by jumping into a Jacuzzi.
But when the 80-to-100-foot flames came barreling through their neighborhood, they were seriously burned, said Whitmore.
“These are two individuals who underestimated this fire,” Whitmore said. “This fire is serious.”
nytimes, 2 months ago:
“California’s day of reckoning is here,” Schwarzenegger said in a speech in early June, though in fact many Californians are convinced that the state is past its day of reckoning and that the governor is approaching his “end of days.” …
“Someone else might walk out of here every day depressed, but I don’t walk out of here depressed,” Schwarzenegger said. Whatever happens, “I will sit down in my Jacuzzi tonight,” he said. “I’m going to lay back with a stogie.”
The title of the article is, “Why Hunter Thompson passed on the O.J. trial,” but the subject of the article is the demise of the newspaper industry — a bait and switch akin to putting a Ken Burns documentary on YouTube and assigning it a thumbnail of some boobs.