Not to make a tragedy too political, but I believe this clearly demonstrates that you should not depend on anyone (especially government) to take care of your interests.
From the OC Register:
And the description…
In the days following the fires, we have heard quite a bit about how the fires were fed by the amount of fuel available due to the lack of brush clearing. The reason for the abundance of fuel? The state government, fire control, and environmental groups could not agree on when and where brush clearing should occur.
If you wait on someone else to clear the brush, your home burns. If you take care of business yourself, your home does not burn.