Crime & Justice

Fire officials' dilemma: How to deal with those who defy evacuation orders

The map shows homes in the Ondulando and Clearpoint neighborhoods that were destroyed in the Thomas Fire, and the arrow indicates a home that was saved by a man who stayed behind after a mandatory evacuation order.
The map shows homes in the Ondulando and Clearpoint neighborhoods that were destroyed in the Thomas Fire, and the arrow indicates a home that was saved by a man who stayed behind after a mandatory evacuation order.
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It happens in every big wildfire. Officials issue mandatory evacuation orders, but some people stay behind and try to save their homes. Sometimes they succeed, and that raises a policy question that firefighters would rather not confront.

Read more on LAist.com: This Is Why Fire Officials Don't Want You To Stay And Defend Your Home

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.