It seems like the real problem here was:
- Isolated rural people without phone or Internet access
- People who got warnings but didn’t evacuate
- People who have Internet/phone access and were aware of the fires, but didn’t have the capacity to figure out if they were in danger.
It’s terrifying and sad how difficult it is to tell people to evacuate and also to get them to take the warning seriously.
One false alarm or one near miss and you have thousands of people who think they can weather the next hurricane at home just fine.