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A firestorm is a conflagration which attains such intensity that it creates and sustains its own wind system. It is most commonly a natural phenomenon, created during some of the largest bushfires and wildfires. Although the word has been used to describe certain large fires, the phenomenon's determining characteristic is a fire with its own storm-force winds from every point of the compass. The Black Saturday bushfires and the Great Peshtigo Fire are possible examples of forest fires with some portion of combustion due to a firestorm, as is the Great Hinckley Fire. Firestorms have also occurred in cities, usually as a deliberate effect of targeted explosives such as occurred as a result of the aerial firebombings of Hamburg, Dresden, and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
This wind shear is capable of producing small tornadoes or dust devils which can also dart around erratically, damage or destroy houses and buildings, and quickly spread the fire to areas outside the central area of the fire.
I'm not a fire expert neither but I do know how houses on the west coast are built. They usually do not have concrete slabs, except for the garage, but rather a foundation with (laminated) wood beams on posts with a crawl space.
originally posted by: loam
I'm no fire expert, so when I saw this video I wondered if someone with some expertise could help explain some of the issues raised in it.
originally posted by: TexasTruth
I can explain, or try to, if there is anything I missed.
Not too many concrete slabs in California but rather foundations and crawl spaces. All of that other stuff is there if you look. If you watch the video again turn the sound off so that hysterical voice doesn't distract you.
originally posted by: GBP/JPY
naw, the shower controller up to the spray head, and a disposal under the steel sink....yep, the pex pipe would go but not at the manifold by the slab or the fittings....where's the 50 gallon water heaters......tell me again
Vinyl windows, no slab and no hurricanes in CA, as far as I know, so no hurricane brackets. They do have earthquake brackets yet I bet all of that, and all other nonflammable material, is there if you were to actually look.
naw, there's no steel in the homes like a recliner frame or bed frames or shower plumbing or a friggin window frame
someone show me a hurricane strap anchor on a slab....ya see I'm your structures guy....commercial, seasoned structures rxpert