As it was in California in 2017. And as it is in California in 2018. And also as it was in Hamburg, Dresden and Tokyo during the Second World War [WW2].
The FIRESTORM. Yet one more instance of how fighting a forest fire is the closest you can get to mortal military combat without having an enemy shooting at you.
"'A firestorm is a conflagration which attains such intensity that it creates and sustains its own wind system.'. 'Many fires which converge into a devastating conflagration.' AND 'CREATES AND SUSTAINS ITS OWN WIND SYSTEM'"!
Incendiary weapons as dropped by the allied air forces in profusion during WW2 on occasion setting fires of such number and magnitude the result was a firestorm. Results of biblical proportions, unprecedented damage, loss of life, limb and property immensely so!!
"biblical proportions - - This refers to something which happens on the grandest scale possible on earth. This includes apocalypse, major war etc."
THINK HAMBURG, DRESDEN, TOKYO!
"According to physicist David Hafemeister, firestorms occurred after about 5% of all fire-bombing raids during World War II . . . In 2005, the American National Fire Protection Association stated in a report that three major firestorms resulted from Allied conventional bombing campaigns during World War II: Hamburg, Dresden, and Tokyo."
Consider those aspects of fighting a forest fire analogous to military combat operations:
* Troops wear a standard uniform.
* Troops have a standard battle kit to carry into combat.
* Troops have a base minimum of training.
* Troops work as a team.
* Troops being able to work in all manner of terrain.
* Troops work according to a plan.
* Troops comport themselves according to quasi-military discipline.
* Troops are subjected to an element of danger.
* The commander has a battle staff.
* The battle staff formulates a plan for 24, 48,72, 96 hours in advance.
* The battle staff must respond to dynamics.
* The commander has civil affairs to consider.
* The commander has a weather officer.
* The commander has an extensive communications system.
* The commander if possible prepares the battlefield in advance.
* The commander uses psychological operations.
* The commander has combat engineers at his disposal.
* The commander must place his force into the field and sustain.
* The commander has his own air force.
* The commander fights an enemy under chaotic conditions.
* That enemy possessing some attributes of a living being.
* The commander must decide what can be saved and what cannot.
* The commander might have to call for reinforcements.
* Fires create refugees who need to be evacuated and cared for.
ADD TO THAT LIST A FIRE FIGHTING MANAGER AND HIS CREW CONFRONTING A FIRESTORM AND CONTINUING THE MISSION IN SPITE OF!