This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
The horrible news from Arizona that 19 members of an elite firefighting crew were killed by a fast-moving wall of flame should be a cautionary tale.
The lesson is that any fire, however it is caused, can have tragic consequences.
The Yarnell Hill wildfire — the deadliest in 80 years – reportedly was caused by lightning. But it could just as easily have been caused by an unattended campfire, a cigarette flipped out a car window, a criminal firebug or kids playing with fireworks. When potential fuel is dry, all it takes …