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Interesting information about our big fire burning
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Willy-N    Posted 07-24-2003 at 22:43:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
This fire is now 60,000+ acres and still growing. It has got so bad they do not think they can get it out till snows this winter! The wind speeds at the front of the fire (wind the fire is making) is so high it is now ripping trees out of the ground and throwing peices of them burning 3/4 of a mile in front of the fire. They have stopped fighting the front to dangerouse and no made made or natrual fire lines like a river, creek or roads will stop it now. It is going into Canada and there are no roads to access it. The town of Loomis is in the path of the fire and 180 homes are threated now. They are having meetings on evauating the homes. This one is going to be a big mess. Glad it is not coming towards us and aprox 40-50 miles away. We are getting smoke from it in the vallyes and you can't see far to the north due to the smoke. Some of the towns up north not far from us are in the smoke and some people are having problems with breating at times. The fire is called the Fawn Peak Complex Fire. Mark H.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-25-2003 at 05:18:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I drove alongside a fire front one time, (grass fire) and couldn't outrun it with a pickup truck. Then i've seen fires crawl downhill against the wind, super-heat the facing slope and whoosh, the whole thing was burning. Wouldn't matter much if you were in a trench under a dozer then.

Willy-N    Posted 07-25-2003 at 06:37:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your right and our 23 mph sutained and gusts to 37mph all night and still this morning is nor helping any! Mark H.

Be Phlatt    Posted 07-24-2003 at 22:50:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was it set by an arsonist , never been around a big fire like that .......don't happen in N.C. Take care Willy!!

Willy-N    Posted 07-24-2003 at 23:29:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
This one was caused by lightning. There talking it might get to 200,000 acres is size befor it gets out! Mark H.

Be Phlatt    Posted 07-24-2003 at 23:49:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a lot of acres burning , hopefully no one will be injured or killed , a bad note if the houses burn but they can be replaced , thanks for the update , Willy, I'll say a prayer for the firefighters and people involved.....

toolman    Posted 07-24-2003 at 22:49:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
we got two in our area right now one came in from montana from the south and one just east only a few miles in southwest alberta,should be fun with the temps and high winds, they put a fire ban on and closed the bush even chased the loggers out and they just got back to work at the end of june after spring break up.

Willy-N    Posted 07-24-2003 at 23:40:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Were having 20 mph sustained and gusts higher then that right now. At least it is only 75 degs outside. Mark H.

Willy-N    Posted 07-24-2003 at 23:36:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was reading about a 120,000 acre fire in Montana that is another big fire. Only a couple of homes lost in it so far. Maybe that is the one? We are having some high winds now. The fuel is at 2% and wood you buy from the Lumber Yard is 7-12% moisture. The weather is not going to get better for a while. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 07-25-2003 at 07:44:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
was just listening to the radio , that fire down by you mark is 60000 acres now expected to cross into canada by keremoes within the next 5 days the one in montana is pretty big too they haven,t given a size but its only about 3 miles from crossing over into our portion of the flathead valley, our valley is right full of smoke this moring can hardly see the mountains around us , today is suppose to be the coolest high 80s low 90s then it expected to heat up again next week to up around the 100 mark, the indicent commander for that fire by you said they have no records of conditions ever being this bad , said the west is in bad (dangerous ) shape, they are starting to close campgrounds now up here , all logging is stopped, complete fire ban is on , no campfires, backyard buring etc. well better get at it gotta check everything , make sure all brush , any taller grass etc. gets all cleaned up , lessen the chance of anything starting too close here. later

Willy-N    Posted 07-25-2003 at 11:33:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
They found records of one in the same area in 1929 and they have been looking at the stumps that burned. They also found some notes taken by some of the fire fighters and the conditions were the same. That is how the are guessing it to get to around 200,000 acers in size by that one. It burned into the winter and the snow atopped it. Mark H.

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