Fire fighters that specialize in structural and wildland firefighting from Tahoe National Forest, Mt. Shasta-Trinity National Forest, South Yreka Fire Department, Dunsmuir-Castella Fire Department and others, called to the Salmon River Complex Fire, meet at the local U.S. Post Office and plan how they will conduct their structure-by-structure assessment of the urban intermix environment, at Sawyers Bar, CA in the Klamath National Forest, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The firefighters advise available residents about fire prevention measures they are doing on their own as well as other measures they could take to prepare for fire. Actions such as moving away firewood, cutting and clearing plants next to their structures, and using garden hoses to soak structures and grounds all help in the event the main fire comes into their town.
There are two types structure environments in the realm of wildland firefighting.
This urban intermix structural protection environment is generally the more challenging, where structures have been built within a wildland area, isolated to some degree from other structures, but with no separation from wildland fuels (trees, brush and grass). This requires each structure to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Fire protection measures will be tailored to each situation; defending these structures require a more complex solution, more firefighters, equipment and resources per structure.
For more information, please see www.usda.gov and www.fs.fed.us.â USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 6, 2014
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