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Old 04-10-2019, 08:56 AM
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Not a good omen. Right now we who live on the western side of this continent are living with the new reality that until everything that can burn has, we are very probably going to have to live with the smoke again this summer. Last year was awful!

Very likely it will be from Alaska to southern California again.

I need to add a good gas mask to my wilderness bug out kit.
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unfortunately, a sign of the times.

Being a little more positive, it will mean extra work hours for me (sorry).

Remember...defensible space should be a high priority for everyone and take other appropriate action to prepare (good access, reduction of fuels, water availability, emergency plan, etc...) your property.

If you're inclined, most fire protection is provided by volunteers. Your local
fire department can always use assistance (lots of non-fire line tasks that need to be completed and frees up the front line folks).
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From what I can see, it's an amazing trend

In prehistory, forest fires at times crossed continents-- makes sense, since no one was fighting them

Just think what would happen with some of these fires from recent years if we just let them burn
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I live in the East, and last year was the worst year for fires that anyone could remember. The weirdest aspect is that most of the large fires started in wealthier areas that were newly developed. The developments aren't exactly high density, but the people who live there want wild trees and bushes growing right up to their houses. With a layer of pine needles on the ground, a spark from a cigarette or someone's chimney is all it takes to set the side of a mountain on fire. If the fire starts lower on the mountain, it runs up the side and makes it almost impossible for the tiny rural fire departments to do much but help with evacuation while the fire burns itself out.
Retirees from up north want to live in rural areas, but they they can't give up their barbecues and fireplaces. Most are either too old, feeble or disinterested to keep their lots clear of undergrowth.
Not as bad as out West, but it's getting there.
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Part of this new/old/whatever, reality is that in a bad fire you are on your own to save yourself or your house. Firefighting resources and money are finite. In a bad year your state can and will run out of money. Tanker Planes will not fly, thousands of firefighters from other states will not be dropping in to fight your fire, they will be fighting their own. I have been in the meetings where this very news was delivered. Thankfully it rained two weeks later.

Learn how to protect YOUR house yourself.

Don't always count on insurance companies to build you a new one. Resources are finite. It doesn't matter what a piece of paper says. The day may very well come sooner than you think when your house burns up its simply gone rather than transformed into insurance money.
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Just think what would happen with some of these fires from recent years if we just let them burn
We wouldn't have any large fires this year.

Quite simply, people need to stop building out of flammable materials in wildfire areas. Fire resistance needs to be a thing. There's nothing stopping you from building in a way that a wildfire can't pass over you without significant loss. If you let the fires generally burn and just evacuate the area, and only concern yourself with the absolute most important things to actively protect, it'll be many years before you have the next one. Instead we expend huge amounts of resources in keeping them down, just to ensure there's more fuel to fight against next year.
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There's nothing stopping you from building in a way that a wildfire can't pass over you without significant loss.
Well, there is money, and culture. Fireproof building is more expensive, and doesn't adhere to the normal look of houses in many places.

The best thing to do would be to outlaw fire insurance. It would free up a lot of money overnight and make everyone think about fire protection more than they think about fitting into the neighborhood.
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This year is nothing, wait till you see next year.
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