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WILDLAND/URBAN INTERFACE PROBLEMS

Increased fuel loads around structures suppression efforts for firefighters.

and Any

other improvements can remaining aerial fuels

hamper that

would burn within close proximity to structures have the potential to

send

burning fires.

embers

aloft.

Drifting

embers

are

a

source

of

roof

and

attic

Many of the existing woods roads and farm lanes are now hopelessly blocked

by fallen trees. fallen trees will

Fires that get started in areas that are have the potential to grow in size while

blocked by firefighters

cut

their way through the roadblocks.

FIRE MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

“DEFENSIBLE SPACE”:

The cleanup efforts so far have been tremendous.

However, there is major

work yet to accomplish, especially in the more rural areas of the county. Every home owner who was affected by the storm damage should continue to create a defensible space around their structures and other improvements.

A a a

defensible space is an area that has been cleared of flammable materials

distance of 30 feet.

This is the average distance that’s

needed

to

keep

fire

from

spreading

from

forest

fuels

to

structures.

Road crews roadways. breaks and

should Should anchor

continue to cut and chip fuels within 30 feet of a fire start, roadways are relied upon as positive points for building fire lines.

fire

FIRE SUPPRESSION TACTICS:

Fires that start in or burn into the cured storm damaged areas will require

more indirect tactics, including dozer and/or tractor/plow lines.

The

lighter Type-5&6 tractor/plow units will be hampered by large amount

fallen

large

diameter

trees

and

snags.

Line

construction

rates

will

of be

less than 10 chains per hour, unless

dozers. Boss, a

All tractor/plow operations Saw Team, and an experienced

saw teams are sent out ahead of will require a Line Locator / Dozer Dozer Operator.

Night time operations should be strongly discouraged within the storm damaged area because of the hazards of unseen spring poles and broken snags.

RESOURCE PRE-POSITIONING:

Tractor/plow units

affected

areas.

A

have already been pre-positioned around the most heavily JD-450-H Tractor/Plow is stationed at the Tenth District

VFD in Pisgah.

There is also a JD-350 Tractor/Plow unit currently pre-

positioned at the Bel Alton JD-450 sized machine when a

VFD.

new

That unit

one

arrives

will this

be up-graded to a heavier

summer.

Volunteer

dozer

operators have those units to

been trained at both fire companies a fire in the affected area.

to

expedite

transport

of

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