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First-Person Account from Marek Fire Questions Evacuation Procedures

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An article posted today on by Glenn Bell gives a firsthand account of the events of last Monday morning when a wildfire raged in the hills above Kagel and Lopez Canyons and near his home in the Blue Star mobile home community.

It was, according to Bell, "not a normal morning," due to the fire, and, moreover, this fire seemed different from others he'd experienced in the past. Bell describes the unusual scene:

I started hearing explosions, I don't remember how many, but there were more than a dozen. So I went out to an area in front of my house to have a clear view of the hill above us. My neighbor and I watched as the truck diesel tanks exploded. As they exploded, the winds, blowing roughly 65 miles an hour, would blow the burning fuel down the hill towards our community.
Not long after the explosions came the only notice to evacuate the area that Bell and his neighbors received:
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At that same time a police vehicle was traveling at a fast pace through our mobile home park, an officer was screaming into his PA system, GET OUT, GET OUT NOW, THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE AND MANDATORY EVACUATION! Just like that, he was gone. The evacuation notice was simply a "drive-by" shout into a loudspeaker. There was no assistance offered for an orderly evacuation.