Is it worth a firefighter's life to save a vacation home?
It's true that some of the homes at risk during these conflagrations are year-round residences, but they're built in rural locations where folks by and large choose to live -- that's what insurance is for. And those who expect Uncle Sam to parachute in to save their property can be as wrong-headed as expecting Uncle Sam to rebuild areas in known flood plains, hurricane areas and other weather-related risk areas.
Then there's all the "charities" and individuals who want to "help" and often haphazardly "donate" to deal with perceived needs in ways that -- in the long run -- can be more of a burden than a help to those affected.
There are many issues related to these natural disasters and I'm certainly not advocating a "burn, baby, burn" policy regarding forest and disaster management, but when high-priced vacation get-aways and second homes and such are destroyed with successful planned evacuation, I chalk it up to property owners who fully understand the risks associated with their property location, ownership, etc., and are willing to accept them. That shouldn't be the basis for "charity."
PHIL CHURCH, West Richland