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WILDFIRE POTENTIAL ASSESSMENT

Ground surveys identified major areas of wind damage that ran in a fairly

straight line Calvert County.

from Pisgah in western Charles County From a wild fire hazard perspective,

to Saint Leonard in the areas that were

most severely impacted were Road, Valley Road, Morgan’s

the communities of:

Pisgah, Ripley, Rose Hill

Ridge,

Clarks

Run,

Ellenwood

Hawkins

Gate

Road,

Grosstown, Burnt Store, Hughesville, Bucktown Road, Frederick Road at Indian Creek Estates, Benedict, Boyds Farm and Saint Leonard.

Peach Tree Hollow, Prince Hallowing Point, Bowens,

The associated damage to structures and other improvements not withstanding, though the storm’s path was extensive in terms of increased wildfire fuel loading, it was generally confined to a very narrow swath (< 400 yards).

FUEL HAZARDS

A very quick survey of the forest fuels in the immediate increase in wildfire spread rates is

tornado path show that no

expected.

The

affected

area

has produced large amounts of large quantity of the heavily

hanging damaged

/ leaning large diameter fuels.

A

large

stems

will

continue

to

remain

green for one or more growing seasons, until they succumb to disease or

insects.

Those large diameter fuels

forest

floor

will

take

three

or

four

that were months to

broken dry to

and thrown to the a level that they

will contribute

to a fire’s

intensity.

Most of

larger diameter

hardwoods.

Very little

conifer

road survey.

the affected fuels were damage was detected in the

After the October leaf fall, the forest fuel conditions will become more of

a contributing factor in wildfire behavior.

Most of

the affected area will

have changed from a fuel model 8 / 9 to spread rates will have a marginal gain. nearly double in the affected area.

a fuel model However, the

10 / fire

11.

The fire

intensity

will

Increased flame lengths in the fuel model 10 areas will require the use of more chainsaw teams and dozers for indirect fire suppression tactics. There will be an increase in some torching where aerial fuels have been

lowered by bent and broken stems. with the torching.

Increased spotting will be associated

HAZARDS TO FIREFIGHTERS

The number one increase in hazards to firefight

path will be from standing snags.

tops,

producing

burning

brands

that

Dead

can

snags e be tran

ers working in the storm asily carry fire to their sported long distances by

the

wind

extreme hanging

to

start

new

spot

fires.

Firefighters

caution while cutting dead snags.

Tree

dangerously

overhead

of

unsuspecting

fi

will need to exercise tops will be broken and refighters.

Bent, leaning tractor/plows

and and

broken snags will need

brush

trucks.

Many

of

to be those

under tremendous pressure, causing a chainsaw

poles”. trained

Spring poles are extremely in their careful removal.

hazardous

h t

cut ahead of lighter leaning, bent trees will be azard known as ”spring

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    woodcutters who are not

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