Red wrote:Your comment, which px addressed, about the patagonia being a fire-free zone is curious.
It's my understanding that prior to a couple of hundred years ago there was no fire. Even prehistoric man seemed to manage their fires in caves successfully,
I was there during the fire. I suggest there is a parallel to the Reno fire last November or SoCal when the Santa Anas are blowing. Reno has access to assets. Professional firefighters with experience, airbases with retardant, airports, helicopters, ... And yet the 60mph winds made all but ground assets sit out the party and even the ground teams were defending homes rather than fighting the fire, at least to start with. The Paine fire was the same, but without available assets and timely notification. All the law suits in the world won't change the reality that once the fire started it was going to run, and run fast. The law suits might help stop the fire starting in the first place. Note that there was a helicopter on the ramp on Friday and it was still too windy to fly but at least they had an endless suppy of accessible water.
I'd be interested in hearing your perspective on the DC-10. Standing under it when it dumps 12,000 pounds of retartant would be a sticky situation. I've seen that their mission requires a large run out area so it can't be used in mountainous fires, hence its successful introduction to the big Texas fires last year.