Human instinct and emergency response plans both tell us to run from fire. The common belief is that when a fire approaches you should evacuate. Many that survived the Camp Fire did so by seeking shelter close by. A stone church, a parking lot, a lake and a construction site were some of the places people huddled to avoid the inferno.
Stand Your Ground
Many of the 86 who perished in the Camp Fire were trapped while trying to evacuate. Instead of mass evacuation plans fire officials are considering new policies that set fire safe zones for each neighborhood. In 1983 Australia enacted a “Leave Early, or Prepare, Stay and Defend” policy in response to brush fires that killed 75 people as they tried to escape. With ever increasing fire danger and often inadequate evacuation procedures, communities may have to adopt better fire policies.