The incident commander of this fire in the city limits, whoever that was, had adequate information to make good decisions. From allocating fire apparatus to mountain shadows to evacuation. They made bad decisions, they should answers for their decisions. There needs to be a third party evaluation. Fire administration will hand out "good job"s all around. What keeps the same mistakes from happening again? Maybe more civilians die or firefighters. Good questions to ask would include: since the after action report, what has been done to correct problems identified? Evacuation: are there now evac plans in place? I'd check, but I'd also bet not. How about fire personnel accountability? Doubt it. How did FD track the 56 people sent home for fatigue? I'd also bet they can't show you how they did it. My point? They have had 6 months to fix glaring problems....Pam have they?
Extreme fire behavior, resistance to control, Haines index of 6, but only 18 engines assigned Monday night? 12 in cedar heights? Then again at 4:30, decreasing fire units? All indications point to mountain shadows as being threatened, the fire growing, weather worsening, but a progressive decrease in CSFD units assigned. Does this make any sense? Was the city not listening to all the reports around them? Who was running this really. It wasn't the fire chief, where was he at the briefings? There is rumor of him driving city council people around the burn area while it was yet unknown how many houses were lost. William and Barbra Everett still lay perished in their home. No interviews? No explanation?
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