Wild Like the Wind

Forces natural and unnatural combine to destroy hundreds of homes and ravage six counties

Al Miller has come back for the cat. The flames are only a few feet away. They look like something alive -- a platoon of flames, no, a battalion, marching across the brush toward the house Miller has lived in for five years in the El Morro Beach trailer park on the outskirts of Laguna Beach, California. His wife evacuated their trailer hours earlier, but when Miller heard the cat was here, he returned, hiking two miles when the police forced him to get out of his car. Now he can see the fire heading for his house, and not a...

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