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
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).
A very quick survey of the forest fuels in the immediate increase in wildfire spread rates is
tornado path show that no
has produced large amounts of large quantity of the heavily
/ leaning large diameter fuels.
green for one or more growing seasons, until they succumb to disease or
Those large diameter fuels
that were months to
broken dry to
and thrown to the a level that they
to a fire’s
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.
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
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.
snags e be tran
ers working in the storm asily carry fire to their sported long distances by
caution while cutting dead snags.
will need to exercise tops will be broken and refighters.
Bent, leaning tractor/plows
broken snags will need
to be those
under tremendous pressure, causing a chainsaw
Spring poles are extremely in their careful removal.
cut ahead of lighter leaning, bent trees will be azard known as ”spring
woodcutters who are not