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Our Humidity is so low I wonder if it will go to 0
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Willy-N    Posted 07-19-2003 at 22:08:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lowest I have ever seen it here that I can remember. It got down to 5% humidity at 94 degs outside at 6:00pm. Man that is what they call dry heat! I wonder if it can get to zero %? The high danger for fires starts around 20% humidity and less. Mark H.


Hal/WA    Posted 07-22-2003 at 12:28:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is way low..., but I doubt that you will ever see 0%. I bet your pond is losing depth though.

It is real dry here SE of Spokane. I fought fire in the 70's and I don't remember it ever being this dry this early in the season. There was a significant fire over by Cheney on Sunday that really worried a lot of people. The wind was blowing about 15 or 20 mph steady, and the smoke was headed right toward our place. I got into the car to find out where the fire was--I wanted to know if I needed to get ready for the fire to come through. It's really hard to stop a fire under windy conditions, as you know.

You have mentioned your fire fighting. Are you a volunteer fireman? Is your department all volunteer, or do they have some paid people?

Our local fire department is part paid and part volunteer. They have been having trouble recruiting and retaining volunteers, in my opinion because of the extreme amount of training and time commitment that they require. They require 200 hours of training, including EMT certification before the volunteer is ever allowed to particiapte in any calls. And they require further traing--I think it was 40 hours before the volunteer can work on a wildland fire (and get a "red card"). They also require about 5 to 10 hours a week commitment for further training and standby. I was a volunteer for many years and the time commitment was nothing like that--you were busy when there was a fire, and there was some training, usually mostly not in fire season.

We had some fun. The volunteer fire department was almost like a lodge or fraternity. And we got the job done for a heck of a lot less money than the fire department does now. And I think we dealt with brush fires much better than they do now. It appears to me that the persons currently in power in the fire department want to make it a full-paid department and not bother with volunteers at all. I think their method of doing this is making the time requirements so large, and by not really treating the volunteers as if they appreciate them. It all comes down to money and political power. If there is no volunteer fire department, then the citizens of this fire district are at the mercy of the very highly paid "professionals" for fire protection.

What kind of training and time commitments does your department have for volunteer firemen?


Jimbob    Posted 07-20-2003 at 14:44:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen 20% here in the winter (MI). This is 'nose bleed' stuff for some.


Sid    Posted 07-19-2003 at 22:38:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man that is dry. If I remember right it is usually about September before you can expect some relief. Is my remember malfunctioning? I can rember it being dry enough that fire hydrants would fight over a dog passing by. I am sure you have every reason to be concerned hope for the best for you this fire season and that the worst of it is over.


Willy-N    Posted 07-20-2003 at 08:08:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya around Late September we should get some rains. But it might be in the form of Lightning storms. If we have one now and that an happen all he** will cut loose. I am not realy worried about my place burning it is all trimed down but all around me there is tons of dry grass to burn. Don't feel lke looking at black hills again and dealing with the smoke. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 07-19-2003 at 22:58:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
we,re not usually this dry here not till mid august, a month early, everything is burning off bad, not even any dew at night,3300 ft. level in the rocky mountains .


Sid    Posted 07-19-2003 at 23:08:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Toolman where are you at again?


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