Aerial suppression has never stopped a large wildfire - it just makes people
feel like they are doing something.And fire ground management has
consistently killed 10-20 firefighters every decade because of their failure to
follow the long established Ten Standing Fire Orders that require firefighters
to be removed from unstable conditions. Hopefully that will not happen here in a
misguided attempt to save structures.
Fire ground management is very good in these instances. The problem is the
states and the feds won't open their pocketbooks to provide enough
personnel and modern equipment. It takes large airplanes to make frequent,
accurate drops to be effective. Unfortunately, there aren't enough such
planes and they have to fly long distances to make their pick ups.If
urban fire departments were at the same relative level of personnel and
equipment, there would have been a large public outcry years ago.It's past time to get Washington and the states to invest tax monies to
help preserve homes, natural landscapers, and wildlife habitats.
"We're simply not going to leave homes unprotected.""Crazy and immoral if this means risking the life of a single firefighter.
Hopefully the Fire Boss and the Type One crew will not attempt to save homes by
risking the lives of firefighters. Anyone who has built in the wildland urban
interface should understand the risks that they were taking and not expect
others to risk their lives to save mere property. We have had far too many
multiple casualty wildland firefighter incidents because those in charge did not
value the lives of the firefighters over the value of home and the appearance of
being heroic.A former USFS Smokejumper - been there and done that.