Jonathan Franklin began a report with this:
“More than 30,000 residents across three communities outside Denver were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon after wildfires fueled by strong winds and downed power lines rapidly grew across the area. Authorities say hundreds of homes and buildings have burned.”
However, NPR’s reporter has it wrong. Mr. Franklin clearly doesn’t understand the chemistry of combustion.
The line in the first paragraph of Franklin’s report, “wildfires fueled by strong winds and downed power lines“, is scientifically incorrect.
“>Wind does not ‘fuel’ wildfire. Fuels like grass and brush do ‘fuel’ wildfire.
Wind is merely supplying the second ingredient needed for combustion, oxygen.
And ‘power lines’ are merely a source of ignition for grass and brush fuels. As such, ‘downed power lines’ do not ‘fuel’ wildfire.
So the reality of these devastating wildfires is this; the prodigious un-managed grass and brush fuels present on the landscape in Boulder County Colorado were prime to burn.
And with the addition of a source of ignition (downed power lines) and an abundant supply of oxygen via the wind, the inferno was made ferocious.
So many people today have little, to no understanding of the science that relates to wildfires, which is part of the reason why we are having so much trouble preventing them!
And readers are poorly informed and not benefited when the actual contributing causes of catastrophic wildfire are misrepresented.
And as we clearly see, even in the cold dead of winter, prodigious grass and brush fuels that are not properly managed via large-bodied herbivores, such as wild horses, can pose a very real and deadly risk!
The proper density of large-bodied herbivores, such as wild horses in many appropriate areas that are carrying excessive flashy grass and brush fuels, will symbiotically graze and reduce these key wildfire fuels, and thereby reduce both the frequency and intensity of these kinds of wildfires.
Clearly, wild horses are not suited to all areas for fuels reduction. In urban areas, goats make real sense. But in the appropriate designated wilderness areas, wild horses are both economically and ecologically appropriate for wildfire fuels reduction and ongoing maintenance.
Without the presence of excessive grass and brush fuels, the wind could blow 200-miles-per hour, with downed high-voltage power lines, and there would be no fire.
As we also saw in the recent Talent and Phoenix Oregon grass and brush fire that destroyed 800 homes, alleged arson was the source of ignition for the excessive grass and brush that lay waiting for any source of ignition.
Sources of ignition, whether cigarettes, chains dragging from trailers, lightening, don’t matter if excessive fuels are not present… that is the critical and most important point….
Wildfires are about the key one-hour class fuels, which are grass and brush.
No Fuel = No fire. It’s that simple.
Legislators and public officials everywhere need to learn more about Wild Horse Fire Brigade.
More at: https://www.WildHorseFireBrigade.com
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