Arizona State University Incorporating Sources Technique Discussion


Read and respond substantively to at least two peer’s writing in at least 100 words each 

second one Reading peers’ papers and writing letters to them about their entire  arguments should have given you ideas for your own paper.

Peer Response 1

In Jon Mooallem’s We Have Fire Everywhere, the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California is depicted. The story begins with a woman named Tamra Fisher who noticed some pieces of flammable, wooden dander floating around the air as she took her dog outside in the morning. Her sister, Cindy, texted her to evacuate as fast as she could. Moments later, Fisher scrambles down her street, only sparing time to grab her deceased brother’s ashes and her childhood rag doll. As Fisher is fleeing her street, she gets caught in a traffic jam. She begins to panic in her car, and takes an alternate route following a truck until her car runs out of gas and catches on fire. The man in the truck behind her, Larry Laczko, yells for Fisher to climb into his truck and to get away from her vehicle. The two of them are stuck in traffic for a grueling amount of time due to flaming roadside vegetation, living in fear of the fire waiting to sweep over them. Behind the scenes, firefighters were scrambling to save as many people and structures as they could. Joe Kennedy, a man who had found a bull dozer, rapidly scraping away flammable vegetation from the perimeter of untouched homes in an effort to stop the path of destruction. Eventually, the firefighters led the car traffic to a large, gravel area to recover for a few minutes. Later, the brigade of cars are led to the grounds of the hospital in the town, until it is safe for the travelers to head separate ways. This event most likely occurred from climate change in the area, as it is described that “Fisher wasn’t just trapped in a fire; she was trapped in the 21st century” (Mooallem, 156), eluding to the impacts of global warming that haunt our daily lives.

This story was very moving to me. I do not know anyone that has experienced a fire, including myself. A part that stuck out to me from the story was when the hospital had to evacuate it’s patients, and a woman who was having a c-section had to be abruptly taken out to get to safety, with descriptions of how she was “…immobilized from the waist down, quickly caught fire in the traffic on Pentz” (Mooallem, 165). That detail prompted an emotional reaction of fear, due to thinking of how traumatic that situation must have been for that poor woman.

When analyzing the story to read like a writer, something I noticed was how informal the writing is. Uses phrases such as ‘WTF’ and referencing the Bachelor and Lady Gaga really set the story in the 21st century. It read more like a fictional story than a textbook documentation, and I really enjoyed reading this text.

Post 2

In a third point of view story We Have Fire Everywhere, we come to learn Tamara Fisher’s horrific and petrifying wildfire story in Paradise, California. In the early morning of November 8th, Fisher looks into the sky and is faced with a black cloud of smoke. The events that followed were emotionally, physically, and mentally scarring. The story begins with a foreshadowing scene, Tamara’s sister Cindy is explained to be a victim of trauma and PTSD from encountering a wildfire that happened years back, Cindy’s intense preparedness and knowledge of camp fires should be noted as important. This is because the questions and thoughts that prevails from Fisher later in the story tackle the concepts of preparedness. The argument that is battled inside the story questions California State’s wildfire plans and whether they are adequate enough to protect the residents living near hazardous places. Many important topics are brought up as well, such as, climate change, and how utility bases are partially to blame for for such disastrous fires. What makes this story so effective is the different characters that are mentioned throughout, we get a glimpse of their perspectives and background on wildfires, through this is when problems mentioned earlier come up. Their experiences and studies with wildfires incorporate the need of a call to action, it raises awareness to make a change. From characters like Jenssen, Kennedy, and Broshear we come to learn so much information and while “work” and safety guidelines were being shared throughout cities, the tone suggests that no matter what procedures or code of conducts were enacted, the Paradise wildfire wouldn’t have been prevented nonetheless. There’s no telling how these natural disasters will work, or whether there’s a solution for it or not. The author Jon Mooallem leaves us with the assumption that there’s no derailing these disasters, especially as climate change increases.

2) Read and respond substantively to at least two peer’s writing in at least 100 words each. Please find a way to add to the discussion in ways beyond simple agreement. You can discuss causes, effects, or courses of action, based on your personal experiences or of those you know, or elaborate on particular writing techniques your peers noted that you hadn’t considered.