Except it is. The Public House is a blog by a guy who runs a pub in Australia. It’s a pretty good read.
In today’s exciting episode, there’s a brush fire in the outback. It’s fairly desolate and not near any good bars so the media is not really covering it.
The folks there know how to handle it
The fire was being fought by locals, using equipment that was selected for functionality, not for the words “Fire Truck” stencilled on the side.
Those fighting the fire knew how the fire would respond to any given conditions & were not taking risks with their lives. Their command structure was as simple as deferring to the man whose judgement they most respected.
Well, they were doing okay at keeping the few dwellings safe, and then the gov’t “expert” showed up to tell them how to do it.
Upon arrival the expert displayed an official letter or some sort of trump card that established he was now “in command” of this fire & had the full force of the law behind him.
(Ooooh, a letter. I wonder if it said, “I”m from the gov’t and I’m here to help. V).
His first act as Commander was a display of incompetence, hubris, & inexperience. He set out to “inspect” the fire (several hundred thousand acres & still burning, in rough impassable country)
The first thing he did on his “inspection” run was to promptly burn himself to death.
See? Not funny.
Except it is.