Survivors have complained they received no warning as flames raced into the community of 27,000 and destroyed nearly every structure.
As reported widely, officials did not activate a warning system that was designed to issue evacuation alerts. Today’s San Francisco Chronicle reports:
“Like Sonoma County officials last year, authorities in Butte County are coming under attack for not issuing a wide-spread emergency message to cell phones, known as a Wireless Emergency Alert, or WEA, when the fire broke out.
“The high death toll of the Camp Fire is in large part due to people failing to learn of the danger and quickly evacuate. Several burned in their cars.”
Officials said the fire was so hot and fast-moving that “devastation is inevitable, especially as the climate continues…