A really sad story of brave men; but I do wonder whether there are times when it’s better to let nature take its course – lives are lost forever, houses can be re-built. (Written as a villanelle).
The lightning-fork with venom bite inside
They met the call and bravely tried
The lapping, tonguing flames belied
Engulfed, surrounded, they defied;
Hope was lost, salvation was denied;
Remember those on whom we all relied,
30th June 2013 – headline from BBC
Notes: “Fire-fighters die battling Arizona wildfire.” At least 19 US fire-fighters have been killed battling a wildfire in central Arizona which was threatening the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles (130km) north-west of Phoenix. The fire was started by lightning on Friday and spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and strong winds. It is the highest death toll for fire-fighters in a single incident since 9/11, correspondents say. Some 200 fire-fighters are still battling the fast-moving wildfire, which has grown to 1,000 acres. Additional reinforcements have been called in. Arizona and other parts of the western United States – including California – have recorded near-record temperatures over the weekend.
- 19 firefighters die battling continuing Arizona wildfire – The Independent (independent.co.uk)