The article said they did NOT light the fire, people! There are many who are
lost and disoriented annually in the Uintas...you people are so harsh! In these
temperatures, possibly with little ones, I am happy they were found safe and
Wait as minute. Did anyone who posted on here actually read the article. It
was made clear they did not start a fire. As to the circumstances that led to
the family being stranded that is not made clear. Come on people, don't
be so quick to assign blame.
Same thing triggerred obe of the largest most destructive wildfires in Arizona a
few years back, lost female, lit a tree to signal helicopters.
It looks so green there, yes my view is warped by the New Mexico brown! I too do
not know how someone can get lost in Perry canyon. Didn't they have cell
phones they could have turned on the GPS and someone could have pinged off their
This could be the news story both liberals and conservatives agree: doing this
New Mexico has had massive fires seen from Santa Fe. Colorado has had two
destructive fires. Arizona had it's fire tragedy a few days ago. That
leaves a rainless in June (in parts like the SLC airport) Utah as the only four
corner state left. Nevermind the weather risk (all these 20% chance of
thunderstorms forecasts this week, many of which will be rather dry), apparently
the human induced risk is quite elevated too.
Well being lost is now only the beginning of your problems..... I am continually
amazed at how truly dumb some people are and how being in the mountains is like
being on Mars to them. You get lost so you start a forest fire to help someone
locate you? First of all the fire will spread to potentially thousands of acres
in short order ...so much for a help in locating you. Second a forest fire may
kill you before anyone ever finds you. Again - you have to have the IQ of a
potato to do stunt like this...
Do we KNOW yet that the family actually started the fire. And that they started
it as a signal?If they survive, we can ask.
"Officials believe a lost family started a tree on fire in an effort to
signal rescuers. But now that tree fire has spread into a wildfire..."I'm speechless. Probably because I can't get my jaw off the
Geez, are you kidding me? I guess these folks have a little Cletus Spuckler in
their gene pool. "we're lost. Let's light an entire tree on fire
in these extremely hot and dry and conditions to alert search and rescue to our
location. What can possibly go wrong?" My gosh, people, haven't you
taken even a most basic survival course? You obviously didn't think that
strategy through. What were you planning on doing once that tree reached its
inevitable conclusion of starting a wild fire? You being lost already, where
were you going to go once that wild fire turned into a firestorm? Earnest T Bass is right. There are an awful lot of roads and trails
throughout the Wasatch. You'd have had to wondered off the beaten path to
get lost. Once lost, use your head. Rule number one of being lost in the
Wasatch Mountains: DON'T START A TREE ON FIRE TO SIGNAL SEARCH AND RESCUE
AS TO YOUR WHEREABOUTS! Sheesh.
"...the fire has burned an estimated 300 yards..." ???
How does anyone get lost in the Wasatch? Look down, you'll see a town or a
road. Trails are well defined. So are the canyons you hike up. I have no clue
how anyone could get lost around here.