Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Well, long ago in some parts of the southwest they use to build fire breaks and pack them w fire ******ant, and air drop it in a contiguous line where it was not accessable by vehicle. They were effective and not constructed in response to a fire, but rather to prevent the spread of future fires. However, they decided this practice was destructive to the environment, which is indisputabley in both errosion and release of toxins. However, risk assessment did not seem to enter the equation - and now they think it best to drop it from the sky only after a fire has started. The whole of the perimeter of fires that rage as large as some of the very recent ones cannot be contained by the air-drop method, and it is not readily available when there are multiple fires raging in multiple states.
I have seen the devastation of fires as they have come very close to our home. The devastation far exceeds that realized by preventive fire breaks. And, the loss of wildlife, their homes, and the cost in dollars is many multiples higher.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.