2 Injured Riding Out Fire in Backyard Hot Tub

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's official says two people tried to ride out the firestorm in Big Tujunga Canyon in a backyard hot tub and were critically burned.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Sunday that the pair "completely underestimated the fire" and the hot tub provided "no protection whatsoever."

The two individuals made their way to firefighters Saturday and were airlifted out by a sheriff's rescue helicopter.

Whitmore says the two people received adequate notification to evacuate from deputies but decided to stay.

Big Tujunga Canyon is on the southwestern edge of the fire burning in the mountains north of Los Angeles.

Another person narrowly escaped by driving through flames in a truck and was not injured.


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  • by C on Aug 31, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Just think: Most people over there think Southerners are dumb.
  • by dora on Aug 31, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    well, first of all they did'nt realize that because the water in the tub is already hot it will draw more heat from the fire. Had the tub been cold it could have had more drawing and give the people more comfort. People don't realize that water draws the heat out. That hot tub was completely drawing the heat even from the air which was hot.
  • by john Location: washington on Aug 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    Idiot soup anyone?
  • by WTF? over on Aug 31, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    I knew there was a reason we keep California on the other side of the mountain! Madness!
  • by Whoa! Location: Greenville on Aug 31, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    Idiots! If someone told me to leave, I'm leaving. Trying to ride out a wild fire in a hot tub is insane behavior. They then run to the very people for help that asked them to evacuate! Sheesh!
  • by ?? Location: J-ville, NC on Aug 31, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Are you serious people?!?! How stupid do you have to be to think a hot tub is going to protect you from a wildfire!!!! I just hope their stupidity didnt cause them to get hurt too bad!!
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