The pictures are stark and harrowing. They show California Fire Captain Steve Millosovich carrying a cage full of cats that were found “in the road” after the Camp Fire had moved through the area on November 9th in Big Bend California. I presume it is called “Camp Fire” because the fire started in the forests where people camp.
The photos are by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. The color balance is ‘as is’. They are dark and yellow. It must be the air quality: full of carbon particles and the sun barely getting through.
We have to speculate as to what happened. Perhaps the owners prepared the cats for transportation out of the area as the fire raged around them and then panicked and left without them. Who knows?
I have an update from Chai – see comment. The cage fell off the back of a truck. Well there you are. This reason did not occur to me as I imagined cars fleeing the devastation. Thanks Chai.
I’d like to think I would not do this. I’d like to think I’d make absolutely sure that I had my cat or cats with me before driving away through flames on either side of the road. However, it would have been scary. There would be uncertainty about getting through and clear of the fire. We don’t know how we’d react so we can’t be too critical of cat owners who leave their cats behind but…there’s been quite a lot of pets being abandoned in the recent spate of emergencies in the USA when we include the hurricanes on the East Coast to the fires on the West.
CNN report: The large Camp Fire in Northern California, which obliterated 80% to 90% of the homes in one town, has left at least nine people dead. It must have been hellish.