by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/27/20, 04:28 pm
Homeowners and neighbors wielding garden hoses, dirt, and shovels snuck past evacuation lines to battle blazes. Despite repeated warnings, organized groups of civilians have continued to head to the front lines near Santa Cruz, Calif. One man took buckets of water from a hot tub to douse a small blaze near a neighbor’s house. “I haven’t seen people reengage to this scale, particularly with the level of organization,” said Ken Pimlott, retired director of the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.