Preventing future fires
replyto at group.only
Sun Jan 11 13:42:04 EST 2004
Larry Harrell wrote:
> mhagen <replyto at group.only> wrote in message news:<1000elenhnn95b5 at corp.supernews.com>...
>>>Besides, nothing is more important than firefighting JOBS!
>>Well, youre right about that! It's going to be touch and go for the next
> Or would that be TORCH and go? <G>
> Regular firefighters used to sometimes tell me to get moving during
> broadcast burning. I was always wanting to watch fire behavior under
> those "relatively controlled conditions". At this one county park, the
> personnel there wanted to do a "controlled burn" of that flammable
> plant called bear clover or "mountain misery", because of the smell of
> the flammable oils it puts out. The burn was only a small triangular
> piece between the road along the lake and the main county highway
> above. (Mike H. knows where Sly Park is.) Well, they figured they
> could easily light it along the bottom and it would quickly burn up to
> the road and go out. Unfortunately, they didn't burn out the fuel next
> to the road first. After they lit it in several points along the
> bottom, it picked up intensity and started to burn the saplings and
> small trees. When it got to the top, flame lengths were up to 20 feet
> and threatening to jump the road (in this heavily populated dense
> forest). With help from other agencies they somehow stopped it from
> crossing the road. For months that scorched piece of land showed the
> public how stupid a government agency can be sometimes.
> Larry, wanting to play with drip torches
ARRR, there's a little pyro in all of us ex firedogs. The joke on slash
burn days since General Sherman's time: Yep, guys, light 'er at the
bottom and lets hit the next three before lunch.
On a certain unnamed district in northern cal, the tradition was for the
entire district to stop whatever else they were doing and work on slash
disposal for a week in mid to late Fall. Fish bios, road crew,
foresters, secretaries, anybody with a red card was out with a truck and
a torch. The district had a full time slash crew as well but they were
put on the biggest units. One year all went as planned, hundreds of
acres of slash was disposed of. Then the rains came. The cloud deck
dropped down low and the cold, dark season began. Of course there were
days where the deck lifted. The fire recon flight contract ended.
Lookouts were long since laid off. Several weeks later a call came in
from the S.O. - say, did you guys notice a forest fire out in the XX
area? Seems the satellite that monitors the earth for A-bomb blasts was
picking up a big heat source on the district and relayed the message
down through channels to the forest. Maybe we should send an FPT out to
take a look... Found a several hundred acre burn smoldering away. Seems
a light and leave pile burn had combined several adjacent 50+ acre cut
units. Between reburns and reprod the cleaned off area was much larger
than anticipated. Chalked it up to over-achievement of burn acreage
goals and let the rains put it out.
More information about the Ag-forst