Originally posted by DaleGribble
now you are gonna have idiots whit no knowlege of how to do this going around saving homes and killing people. that is the only problem i have with
I have to agree with this. Hopefully, no one else will try this.
There are homeowners in large fires who stay with their homes to water it down. I think it was especially after the huge fire in Santa Barbara years
ago, that homeowners became more fire control aware, such as putting in pumps to pump swimming pool water to use to douse their house and property.
California has always been prone to wildfires. Over the decades, however, large tracks of homes have spread out into rural areas and over hills; homes
have gone up in canyons. Technically, due to scant rainfall, much of California can be classified as desert. To reclaim the land from desert, water
comes hundreds of miles away into cities. Combine this with the Santa Ana hot, dry winds (60mph is not unheard of) and you get what happened last Fall
in the San Diego area. The perfect firestorm.
Strong winds push wildfires too fast up hillsides, devouring homes along the way. Winds push embers too far, turning palm trees and pine trees into
torches. There are regulations for weed control and burning, but you can't knock down every piece of dry grass, etc. all over. Sometimes all one can
do is pray.
I think it's a natural reaction to do anything to preserve one's home. People will use garden hoses and try to stomp out fires. As was pointed out,
however, a house fire is different than a wildfire around a house.
Firefighters have to not only control fires but also homeowners who want to, for example, go into a burning house to rescue some object. When entire
neighborhoods or areas are in danger, it is often the case that evacuations are mandatory, to keep people from blocking roads, using water which
lessens water line pressure making it even harder for firefighters, etc. We like to think of Calif as all roads, but sometimes there is only one road
into an area.
Growing up in the 50' and 60's, I can remember when lightening-caused forest fires were immediately put out. I think this was not all due to
environmentalists. We have to remember that the National Forest Service is under the United State Department of Agriculture
. Sure, it would not
be good to see bunnies burn, but neither would it be good to lose thousands of acres of timber. Salvage logging after a fire is not as good as logging
in an unburned area. Fire management has come a long way to help forests burn carefully, so all stakeholders benefit.
I can remember when the National Guard was used for firefighting. They would be called out to provide support and their heavy equipment. Sadly,
however, this time they must make up for shortfalls in the number of firefighters themselves. (That is why, hello!, the Guard should not be used as
regular troops! Dumbass idea.) Now I hear that Washington needs to call back the Guard they sent, to fight in their own state.
I hope readers of this thread take to heart Redneck's advice and learn fire safety.