Folks this if frightening!!! I know most if not all experienced WLF will laugh this off as being ridiculous which it is, We need to push back hard now before momentum grows. The AP article is bing published in many local and regional papers this week. Federal land all-ready has far to many restrictions, we don’t need fewer tools we need more. During peek season Dozers should be allowed nearly everywhere including wilderness areas! Not the same as pushing through chaparral but with regard to the environmental issues compared to the suppression needs. In 1996 we used numerous dozers in the Point Reyes National Park to contain the Vision Fire. Dozers were the only way to cut line through the steep coastal topography in timber and mixed brush. Had containment lines not been completed in the few days they were allowing for heavy mop up, the next north wind pattern 10 days later would likely have pushed the fire south to the Bolinas Mesa with devastating results. The suppression repair was astounding. The following fall I hiked what was the main fire line that provided two way truck traffic with safety areas, it was literally impossible to recognize and I spent 5 days on that brake.
We always need to be smart about all suppression tools regarding environmental impacts, cost and benefit. The greater the potential damage a fire presents the environmental and cost benefits need to change based on the threat and operational benefit. Each fire is different so the rules for each fire need to be different if we want to get out ahead of these “MEGA” fires. Loosing or restricting dozers would be catastrophic! Spread th word.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —
An environmentalist group is questioning the use of bulldozers to fight major wildfires, saying they’re ineffective and leave lasting environmental damage.
The Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, & Ecology organization released a report Thursday detailing bulldozer use during a Northern California wildfire in July. That fire killed eight people and destroyed 1,000 homes in and around Redding. One dozer driver died and another was seriously hurt.
Bulldozers are called in to help contain wildfires by clearing trees and vegetation in the blaze’s path.
The report found that the 305 miles of terrain the bulldozers cut through did little to slow the fire because flying embers jumped the lines.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Mclean didn’t respond to phone and email requests for comment.
Follow this story to get instant e-mail alerts from KCRA on the latest developments and related topics. that the fire would not have been contained when the next north wind event rolled in and would have pushed the fire south likly through the Bolinas Mesa