Bureaucratic #$%$-Covering Feared in Wildfire "Investigation"
On or about June 30, 2013, some nineteen (19) Hot Shot wildfire fighters lost their lives while engaged in a wildfire fight.
The investigation is being delayed. What it is feared will happen is that no blame or culpability will even be considered, and the report will be simply a chronological chart of what happened.
They don't want to know WHY it happened; they don't want the public to have any information on their findings. Transparency, in this case, may lead to discrediting of the forest fire fighting management. Petty bureaucrats hiding behind an #$%$-covering report. Time and delay allow the interest level to fade; they will get away with it and protect more useless officials on the payroll. Watch and See: It was an ACCIDENT and no human errors or omissions were involved; the newspapers will whitewash the incident and chalk it up to the dangers inherent in fighting wildfires. All IMHO.
Neither the command center nor the aircraft aloft were able to communicate with the hotshot grunts on the ground. They sent them out, but gave them little information, warning, or directions. They died when the fire hit them at 2,000 degrees. Fire management or MISmanagement?
Great job of #$%$covering, little value everywhere else. All IMHO.