Why firefighters are fighting wildfires with fire

The best defense is a good offense – this is a phrase used by politicians, coaches and military leaders, but some firefighters use the advice to control wildfires.

From coast to coast, firefighters deliberately put out fires and fires that were ordered to steal natural fuel and help some species survive.

Check out the California Forest Fire Department (CAL FIRE) as the flammable material enters the dry brush below. Another fired a shotgun into the dry grass. The men and women who took the oath to fight the fire are putting it right.

“The ultimate goal of the firing operation is to starve the fuel before it has a chance to reach our lines,” Brigadier General Ryan Wagner told FOX 40 Sacramento. “If something comes out of the canyon, it has good protection to slow down and stop.”

Brush, trees and grass firefighters are considered to be wild firewood used to control a variety of methods, including unburned brush burns.

For the Electra Fire in Northern California, these back fires burn the brush and protect nearby homes. Any burning ash that travels in the wind will have nothing to burn.

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Intentionally setting or ordering combustion

During the year, firefighters prepare or control fires to reduce fuel consumption before a fire breaks out.

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“Without it, the system is balanced and species will fall and plants will fall, and we refer to that as firewood. And firewood builds and grows and grows, and eventually burns, and it burns.” “It’s amazing how fast he recovered. It will start to grow in a week or two. “

Peterson and his staff deliberately set fire to nearly 100 acres of Tiger Creek Preserve Babson Park Florida in July, a practice that takes place every three to five years. They plan to burn more than 900 acres[900 ha]before the end of the month.

“It’s a little scary, but this landscape needs to be enriched,” said Cheryl Millet, manager of Tiger Creek Preserve. “Many species of plants, flowering plants and they grow on fire. But the fire removes all the growths in the bush layer to get sunlight.”

Pyrophobic plants need fire

Some plant species need fire to germinate seeds. Loganpole pine and eucalyptus seeds need heat to melt bitumen. Other pyrophytic plants use chemicals from smoke and ash to wake up, says Britannica.com.

The fire dries up the green cones of the giant Sekoya, allowing the seeds to crack and release. According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the seeds in the cones can be useful for up to 20 years and protect against fire. The tree can live up to 3,000 years. The bark on mature trees is thick and fire resistant to small and heavy fires.

A.D. The 20P KNP Complex Fire threatens the world’s largest Sequoia, General Sherman’s tree, but it is important for the survival of the species. The fire clears the brush and small trees, which shade the new shoots, blocking the sun and competing for water.

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“Fire remains a part of the giant Sekoya life cycle and the normal life cycle of the forest,” says the California State Parks website.

Trees such as pine and sequoia grow long enough to keep their foliage away from the burning debris of the forest floor. Sequoia grows to about 300 feet[300 m]and the pondrosa pine grows to about 150 feet[150 m].

The fire lily only grows after the fire. Some horticulturists wind their greenhouses in Australia to encourage flowering, says Britannica. Wood ash is loaded with nutrients such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. According to the Wisconsin-Madison Extension Office, the carbon in the ash increases the pH, making the soil more acidic.

Birch and aspen grow from burnt roots and stems, says Canada’s Natural Resources page.

A study by the Nature Conservation Agency found that tree rings in southern Oregon burn every eight years. Old trees survived and multiplied in the inferno. After 1905, fires were less frequent and more severe. The watchdog writes that European settlers arrived in the late 1800s and extinguished fires from time to time.

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The authors of the study wrote: “Wildfires are slowly declining and our forests are at risk of severe fires.”

Ordered fire hazards

Although each fire has its own dangers. Hermites Peak, the largest calf in New Mexico’s history, was set on fire when workers lost control of the blaze.

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“You can imagine where these ordered fires are, places with a lot of geography, a lot of valleys can change the wind conditions quickly, just like it did in New Mexico,” said Paul Walsh, general manager. The brazometer told FOX Weather.

Walsh said new technologies make controlled fires less predictable.

“So what we are seeing now is a kind of evolution. I must say, a growing number of companies and governments, called climate technology, are investing in accurate and very accurate forecasts. We can improve, we can, “We need to know when to do a fire, but we need to know how to do it and where and how to do it.

Making the attack smarter can go a long way toward the best defense.

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