Originally Posted by tylrwnzl
If a raging wildfire is started by trees and shrubs in a residential neighborhood, then the fire department has seriously failed at their jobs or there are some unusual mitigating circumstances.
I think it is too tempting to believe this. The National Weather Service issues critical 'red flag' fire watches and/or warnings just like you would get for winter weather. It is simply a combination of high temps (heat), low humidity (no moisture), and high winds, and those are not unusual circumstances. When you add this to long term drought where it takes little to cure the so called 'thousand hour fuels' (trees), a day of the hair dryer can fully cure the finer fuels and all you need is a match.
All of these are from the Black Forest Fire:
In a fire that has perfect conditions to crown, I think the single tree tells a big story. Even with spacing, you add enough wind....
This is a typical view of that area - the cost to 'urban park space' this type of landscape proactively is way out of range of most people for the tree removal, even if you wanted to.
Here is CT's proactive homeowner (photoshop perhaps)...
And then the question of defense, in terms of what is left. Imagine how people would feel if in a hurricane the coast was left black and lifeless. We all pay to clean up the coasts - they are the ultimate WUI with incredible human concentrations in very vulnerable places. I wonder how I would feel about this being my home that survived - amazing from a saving of sentimental things and not being displaced, but how do you live in a place like this? What is this house worth?Edited by NayBreak - 9/3/13 at 4:36pm