|Roadside Fire threatens to become Wildfire|
|Discing a firebreak and hosing the fire in smoke on July 8|
Being on a paved road, we had several locals stop to observe the smoky scene, and the reactions were mixed. A couple of well wishers thought that we were out having fun and that nothing was wrong, while a more seasoned outdoorsman reacted with shock that this hotspot could reignite after laying low for days. So this is a good time to raise awareness about being careful with any fire in a localized area that is so dry that the duff layer of the earth continues to smolder underground waiting for a chance to flame back up at a random time, and possibly catching both land managers and the public off guard. Additionally, this is a good time to share that there is a big difference between prescribed fire (usually conducted in winter) and an unplanned wildfire.
|S.C. Forestry Commission fire plow on scene|
|Aftermath view from paved road down the firebreak|
To view past blog entries about weather click on 2009 drought or 2011 drought or 2013 wet weather or 2014 Ice Storm