Michael Boyle, a battalion chief with the Orange County Fire Authority, said a major problem for firefighters Saturday in the Triangle fire was untrimmed palm trees.
“Palm trees are a huge problem," he said. "They have those fronds and they then turn into a roman candle and they produce a phenomenal amount of embers.”
Boyle said another problem has been ornamental vegetation surrounding homes.
On Saturday, he spoke with a homeowner who stayed to defend his home. When Boyle looked in a man’s backyard, he saw wood patio furniture against the mountainside.
“I told him to throw it in the swimming pool and he did. A few hours later the house was still standing.”