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Fighting Wild Fires

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 28, 2019 04:41

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With all the rain and snow, more wild fires are predicted for this summer.

With all the rain and snow, the local vegetation will be out of control this summer. More wild fires than last year can be expected and the question is: how do we control these fires? 

We have the resources to prevent and stop fires, but how do we use them to our advantage? How did the vegetation fires get out of control last year with all the resources we had and used?

The best way to control these fires is prevention, or “Don’t let them start!” in the first place.

There are several ways we can prevent fires from starting. We can have goats eat the wild vegetation, have fire fighters use controlled burns that are only two to three inches high, like they do in Yosemite, and we can use drone airplanes for observation and to drop fire-retardant when needed. 

Another way is to enlist people, who have experience with wild fires, to hold meetings and explain ways to stop a wild fire before the fire trucks arrive. 

One unique idea is to have a fire look-out station in the highest building in various at risk towns, where a fire can be spotted before it gets out of control. Volunteers, at any age, can be used as a fire look-out. Look-out towers were successfully used from the 30's until several years ago, when airplanes and drones shut them down. 

States can work to expand their volunteer fire fighting ranks to help in fighting both regular fires and wildfires. 

These are but a few techniques that can be used in small towns to help prevent and stop local fires before they get out of control, but once a fast moving fire breaks out, the professional fire fighters need to quickly take over. 

We have to remember that fighting fire in a forest is different than fighting a fire in a town or a big city. There are no ladders needed, and no water is available from fire hydrants. Water is carried in by large water trucks. Most of the work fighting fires in a forest or wild fires, is done with a Pulaski (an instrument especially designed to cut trails and remove brush). 

Let's hope we have a safer season this summer and remember these key fire fighting tips. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 28, 2019 04:41

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Source: AZ Central

As state heads into holiday weekend, lightning storms and increased outdoor recreation can heighten risk of wildfires.

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