EST 330 Notes for Wednesday March 22, 2006 B[1]

EST 330 Notes for Wednesday March 22, 2006 B[1] - EST 330...

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EST 330 – Lecture notes for 3/22/06 Equipment for Fighting Fires Low-tech equipment; rakes, shovels, and hand tools Pulaski: combination of an axe and a hoe, tool of choice for wildfires – designed by Big Ed Pulaski McLeod: combination of a rake and a hoe – named after the inventor, a firefighter from California Ground Fire – Subsurface Fire generally smolder Can creep – burn long and slow Introduction of oxygen causes the fire to flare up More of a nuisance: firefighters will monitor the fire but will generally let it burn itself out Paved roads and natural barriers such as rivers will stop a subsurface fire from spreading If fanned by wind – a ground fire may break out into a surface fire Surface fire Almost all wildfires begin as surface fires Surface fires may burn through any type of vegetation Wildfires are classified based on the type of vegetation that is being burned ; swamp, grass, prairie, forest, etc. Surface fires tend to burn quickly in dry areas In desert areas if the humidity is 20% or more it will halt the spread of a grass fire Fires burn faster uphill
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