Malibu is lucky!

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    This time we were Lucky —

    No Santana winds,

    Or dryness or conditions,

    When the water supply was thin.

    But had this been weeks later,

    When conditions could be right —

    Our way of life and safety

    Would not be a pleasant sight.

    We all should give serious thought

    To “back-up” water supplies;

    And necessary pumps and things —

    Making it easier to survive.

    How come the sum is spent on things

    To bring us joy and fun,

    And little, if anything,

    On a fire that’s due to come?

    My life was spent in fighting fires,

    And watching humans act —

    It’s still a great surprise to me,

    How people ignore the facts!

    Retired Fire Captain Emmett Finch