They don’t do this yet in my area (heavily prone to large wildfire) Thankfully. Some years we are surrounded by three, and when the 80+ mph winds kick in it’s hell. The fires start, our amazing firefighters snuff them out immediately. One of the most recent started next to a freeway and the fire chopper was heading home. They saw it and put it out even before calling it in. So proud of them.
@dustybiker in some areas, like southern and central coast of California, prescribed fire doesn’t work well because the fuels are what we call “flashy” (light and fast burning). Add that to factors such as foehn winds like the Santa Anas and topography, we see some intense fire behavior. When I worked on a helicopter in this area, we didn’t bother with prescribed fire, either, because the fuels just grow back too quickly due to their light nature (like grasses and manzanita).
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me? damn. pressures on!
ill try not to walk through a forest with a tiki torch next time!
PUT THE TIKI TORCH OUT 😂
As a firefighter, I have to admit, fire is going to happen no matter what. It's more about managing it when it happens. But it's still good to have fewer incidents, and more controlled burns.
@zeitgeist057 Yes that's true. Are there ways to prevent fewer incidents from happening? Even though fire can't be prevented 100% of the time
Absolutely. There are many precautions we can take personally, such as following the basic laws like making sure any off road vehicles are equipped with spark arrestors, or when camping/backpacking making sure the fire is "dead out" by repeated stirring, dousing, and stirring. Then there are obvious ones such as limiting the use of fireworks (especially in certain areas), not throwing cigarette butts, don't play with matches, etc. There are plenty of fires started by lightning strikes, far more than I knew before I spent a season chasing lighting fires in Utah.