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Fire Season During A Pandemic

catbuster

Catskinner. And buster.
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
1,262
Location
Lou, KY
Everybody’s getting screened before they even so much as walk into the station now. Interagency crews won’t be moving around as much as they would normally be... In theory. It’s definitely better for the crews health but we may be looking at a lot of fires with less aggressive IA that get big because of short staffing. I’ve already read a report from Montana where a shot crew didn’t go to a fire that would have been a two hour drive.

My guys have already been told we’re probably not leaving R8 barring an event never seen before in 2 or 9 (like the whole state of Maine going Ft. McMurray in 2016), and we’re literally 10 miles away & across a river from R9 m. Florida, Georgia, Alabama & Mississippi have been burning all spring and... No call.
 

slowp

Tree Freak
Joined
Feb 6, 2007
Messages
14,832
Location
Warshington
I hate to say this, but I wish they'd shut the woods down for camping. Loggers have fire fighting equipment and prevention know how. Campers and picnickers are often clueless or just don't care. It was always hard to insist that logging operations had to shut down when you drove by smoky campgrounds on the way to the site.

I heard an interview where our state (DNR) plans on using aircraft more this year to try to limit the crews needed on the ground.
 

2dogs

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Santa Cruz CA
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