Monday, December 24, 2007

When the flames exploded in the swirling wind . . .

In a last-resort effort to save their lives, 12 firefighters trapped by flames atop a ridge off Santiago Canyon Road in Orange County scramble into aluminum fire shelters. The men were on a slope extinguishing hot spots in swirling wind when flames exploded up the hillside in October, surrounding them with burning brush that left no escape. All survived, and after being examined at the scene by paramedics refused to go to the hospital.
(Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)

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