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By Fire sucks. - / Friday 17 January 2014 03:42 / United States
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  soccerstar1996  |  18

It must have been like watching a tree fall slowly your car as you watch helplessly from the window of a building

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  jazzy_123  |  20

I'm wondering if it's the fire happening here in Glendora, CA...? if so, I'm sorry OP. I'm sorry that a bunch of idiots decided to start a campfire when there were clearly signs that said to not have any campfires!

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  adrianh1090  |  12

So there was a town on a forest? I'm pretty sure there are boundaries between the forest and the town.

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  deviking  |  10

Some towns are really In Touch with nature like my back yard is full of trees so no there are no boundaries between forest and town just building or there are trees

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  Rallred32  |  20

But if OP was there, he could have prepared by digging a ditch around his house or something. But I guess if that didn't work at least he wasn't in the house.

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  applebramble  |  22

I don't get what is with the people who voted "You deserved it" . I hope they meant it in a way that says "you deserved to be forced to go to school so you wouldn't have had to be there when it happened" , otherwise , I hope karma teaches them a lesson .

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  doubleddun  |  9

Exactly! This is not an fml as it focuses too much on going to school. Op is so lucky they went to school. I've heard that in America the attitude or maybe it's a fact, that you can escape fires/ "run away." But in Australia, which is where I am from, it's way different, bush fires can be deadly and you cannot escape a lot of the time. So reading this, I'm thinking of like Australian fires but I still consider this as a very lucky moment.

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  bugfroggy  |  16

Yes, #113, because we all have the time and capability of digging a 10 yard trench all around our house when we hear there's a fire. Best idea I've heard for a long time! Who in the world wouldn't want to do that?

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A captain always goes down with his ship.

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  C0M1C4L  |  9

if my xbox, computer and stuff burned down i wouldnt mind going down with it.

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  Sports_guy3  |  28

See, school DOES save your life, not just educationally and financially.

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  hickdog  |  6

Soooo self involved

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  auro7  |  18

#28, a lot of people hit YDI trying to get the medals for 500 ydi's or just on accident. And then there are the few assholes who just click it for fun.

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  Epikouros  |  31

Forest fires are rather predictable if you build suburbs in dry woodland, as Americans and Australians like to do. But since OP is probably a minor, that's his parents' responsibility.

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  Dre27  |  20

#25, you really can't build out of the way of a natural disaster if that's what you're implying. Anywhere you go in the world there's different types of unpredictable, yet possible disaster. Like living in a cold, close to the ocean climate, I expect blizzards, floods, and possibly hurricanes, but get the security of not having tornados, earthquakes, or droughts (on a realistically common basis). It is not his parents fault, it's the 4 idiots that forgot to put out their campfire and are now being prosecuted, as well as nature to an extent.

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  karlcolt45  |  18

and here in America we don't build out of the way of natural disasters! rebuilding new Orleans, living in Florida, California with their earthquakes and never ending fires, etc

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  Epikouros  |  31

#44: Nobody says you should avoid all risk, that's a strawman. Some places are safer than others. If you build a house in an unprotected floodplane, on an active volcano, or in the middle of the woods, you're asking for trouble. Especially if it's a wooden house. And if you think you can prevent forest fires by listening to Smokey Bear, you're a bigger idiot than whoever started the fire. Ever heard of lightning? All that fuel is going to burn sooner or later.

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  RedPillSucks  |  30

The houses don't have to be in the middle of the woods. Typically, in a lot of suburban areas, even the former farm land areas, some trees are preserved, or replanted, to attract various wildlife. forest fire sparks can travel airborne from spot to spot and can spread from the forest to these areas.

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  tsunami12  |  29

25, It doesn't need to be 'dry' woodland. All it takes is one arsehole who decides it would be cool to drop a match in the middle of the bush. With unfavorable winds, even houses that are quite far away from the initial blaze and not deemed high brushfire risk can be destroyed. Edit: oops 108 has basically covered my comment, didn't see that!

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  nightowl713  |  24

#25- you do realize that everywhere, EVERYWHERE, was in a natural state before people started building and paving over it. No matter where you live, you are vulnerable to natural or man made disasters. Now there are cities such as New York for example, that are mostly pavement and large buildings, there's nothing wrong with living there but I personally love that my back yard is connected to woods. Can you tell me someplace that's immune to them? Homes in the desert are at risk for drought and dust storms( plus many more), people near wooded areas are at risk for fires and tornados( again many more), people by the ocean are at risk for hurricanes. I guess we could all live underground. But even then we'd have to worry about our roof caving in. Your statement was probably one of the dumbest things I've ever read.

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