So one of these fires in San Diego was started, apparently, by a hunter who got lost and either fired a signal flare or started a signal fire in the hopes of being found.
"I'm going hunting out into the dry tinderbox forest that hasn't been rained on in five months, see you guys later. You want anything while I'm out? No? Okay. No, I don't want the compass. No, I don't need a map. GPS? No, I'll leave it here. I'm good. I won't need it. Oh, alright, I'll take the FLARE GUN along, just in case, so you don't have to worry about me getting lost."
"Just give me the FIREBALL GUN so I can take it into the dry forest."
"Just let me take the FLAME THROWER out there, just in case."
A guy is asking me what I would have done in this guy's situation. Seriously, some idiot on the DI.FM message board is taking up for this retard. So I answered him. I would do ANYTHING... EXCEPT to LOB A FIREBALL INTO THE DRY FOREST. Use the sun, or if it got late enough, the stars, to determine directions. Study a map of the area beforehand, or be somewhat familiar with it. Know how the hell to get out of there. My take is, if you're going to venture out away from civilization, deep into the woods, you better know some survival skills. Having the good idea to randomly fire a flaming object into the air while surrounded by forest that hasn't seen moisture in five months does not qualify as a survival skill in my book.