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Old 08-14-2007, 05:31 PM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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A new fire at Evro outside Missoula has closed hwy 93 between mile marker 3 to 6. Evacuations are being considered at this time. Jeeze are we all going to burn up this season?
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Flathead Valley
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A new fire at Evro outside Missoula has closed hwy 93 between mile marker 3 to 6. Evacuations are being considered at this time. Jeeze are we all going to burn up this season?
Scary isnt it We need a real good rain. We live in the woods and every year ya wonder if this is gonna be our year,
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Kingman - Anaconda
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Yep I don't believe a rain storm is going to do it, look at what is called the 1000 hr fuel moisture it usually needs to be above 20%
go to this link and look at the different areas, It is very dry and the trees are going to take awhile to recover.
NRCC - NR10 Predictive Service Area

I have experienced trees burning in a snow storm and also when hit with lighting, so its going to be awhile.

Like we have all discussed created a defensable space around the structures, thin and branch all trees ground up to 8 ft or so chip all loose fuels laying on the ground trees are more healthy at 10ft spacing. keep all firewood away from the buildings. setup portable sprinklers if possible to a good water supply.
Look at the lay of the land fire won't move down hill as fast as uphill because of the preheating. Look for drainage areas that fire will channel up and clear those areas.
Propane tanks are they buried or trees all around them? point your vehicles out no time to turn around and head out. Is there more than one road out or? if only one you might have to make a stand and will need a clearing safe zone set up.
Sorry for the long post but if we all took precautions thinned and branched trees we could keep the fire on the ground and not up in the trees where its harder to fight.
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:49 PM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Good post rambrush, DNRC has defensable space reccomendations for houses on their web site. Crown fires have to be the worst!!
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Flathead Valley
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Rambush,of coarse i know that rain isnt going to help much at this point,sadly.
Thank you for all the info, not to long a post at all. Lots of need to know stuff.
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Kingman - Anaconda
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I can answer these type cause thats what I did for 15 years or so.

hence screen name ram as in mtn goat brush as in brush on the mountains
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:54 PM
 
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Wow, what time did that break out? i ask because hubby and i went thru there at about 2 and everything was ok. this season is going to have everyone doing some thinking about what its going to take to make their homes safe,or at least safer.
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