McCain links some of Arizona fires to illegal immigrants
Not saying this one was though. Just making a point about the high number of fires we're seeing every summer, which are trending upward.
An analogy would be "The Crocodile Hunter" who appears to have come to believe he is just too tough to die. MOST people with a stingray spike in his chest would not do the he-man thing and just rip it out to show he's tough. Another example is someone gets some degree in martial arts and then decides he's tough - leading to some street fighter beating the crap of him. I saw that happen many times. Publicly declaring someone to be great can lead to taking greater risks than otherwise would.
Fame of being skilled and tough becoming part of a person's self perception can be dangerous. The publicity may have lead someone in the decision process to error towards getting the job done, rather than safety. Clearly that error was made. The question is "why?"
There is nothing insulting in such a comment. What would seem insulting it is gratuitously lament their deaths and then everything just goes on without anyone bothering to ask how the hell did this happen? Who screwed up and why?" Psychology may play a part in that.
Number of fires per year and acres burned vary from year to year. Here is some links to fire stats.
National Interagency Fire Center
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