- Chunks of charred material in the black can reignite on a hot windy day when exposed to ember wash. Hmmmm, this is big news for our “experts” who have years and years of forest fire experience…
- Recognize that an area that gave a problem during blacklineing could be a problem area during subsequent ignitions or mop up
- Pay closer attention to the weather.
- Residual heat sources can be an escape threat during high winds
- Patrol and monitoring needs to be more responsive and adaptive to changing conditions
- Portable weather stations are a great source of site-specific weather info. Make sure they are properly maintained (The wind direction sensor was malfunctioning since March 19th…)
“First of all, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy. I can imagine how distracting and heart wrenching that must be. I can imagine that because I just lost nearly everything I owned and almost lost my wife in that fire. So, I can guess at how that could impact someone’s judgment. In my case, I have had to ask people to cover for me on days when I cannot think straight because I am aware that I am not functioning at full capacity. That is because, it does not matter how I feel about it or what my intentions are, if I do not perform, I am ultimately responsible.”