WILDLAND/URBAN INTERFACE PROBLEMS
Increased fuel loads around structures suppression efforts for firefighters.
other improvements can remaining aerial fuels
would burn within close proximity to structures have the potential to
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
their way through the roadblocks.
FIRE MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
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
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 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.
lighter Type-5&6 tractor/plow units will be hampered by large amount
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.
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
be up-graded to a heavier
operators have those units to
been trained at both fire companies a fire in the affected area.