My state is on FIRE!!!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    There is still some grass to mow...

    Insurance will rebuid it and you will get the landscape jobs.

    I know it is still sad and scary.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    As sad as it is, I'd be thinking about getting back to installs, Dana.
     
  4. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for posting those links Dana. I had not seen them.

    Personally I have a couple friends I helped evacuate the area. Thankfully their homes are safe. One of them has a home within a quarter mile or so. Like Dana, I also have several customers in the affected area but, haven't heard of their situation.

    No way to explain the scene as I have never been in that situation. Suffice it to say I hope it never happens again. Amazing the speed and destruction a fire can cause. It seemed like a scene out of the movie Dantes Peak. I remember as a kid seeing the
    Mt Saint Helens footage which I realize was a bazillion times worse.

    Amazingly that so far no deaths have been reported.
     
  5. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    Yes, but that is the problem. These fire breaks can be fail safes WAYY out ahead of the fires. In TX our problem is all the red tape around clearing land in "sensitive" areas, this created a lot of underbrush that fueled the fires. The state used to provide money to clear fence lines on private property to create fire breaks. 30mil. a day could have cleared a lot of fire breaks, and helped out local contractors.

    Dana- Those pics are unreal, cant help but feel for those people. Insurance will re-build but you can't get everything back. I have a friend that works at Mccoys hardware near one of the fires and he said the scum suckers came out of the wood work before the smoke cleared looking for over priced work. This could be your chance to build a solid rep by not price gauging.
     
  6. 1idejim

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  7. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    #1. Be safe...that's real scary.

    #2. you make me an offer I can't refuse I'll do those installs for you...
     
  8. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Dana,
    Devastating to say the least, and I wish the best to all of you. Man, what disaster! Such a beautiful area too.
    Explain to me, if and when you feel like it. But looking at the interactive map of before and after photo's; how does this happen? I mean I can see if one house starts burning, that it's likely to catch the next on fire, but in many of these photo's, it looks like there is not that much vegatation close to these areas, how does that happen to get to the homes? Even after the fire, it looks as though there are still some green trees around????
    Little hard to understand, but then I've never been close to something like that, so forgive me.
     
  9. DanaMac

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    Dirt boy - 65 mile per hour winds will do that. These were primarily good, professional landscapes, with manicured lawns. But they are surrounded in the area by pinon pine, scrub oak, and native grass areas. Combined with no moisture (20% of average precip), all time record high temperature, it was a fire bomb waiting to happen. The wind changed in the blink of an eye, and everybody had to evacuate. People need to realize, we live in a high elevation desert. These things can happen, no matter how well we were prepared or how well we did fire mitigation to prevent it. Some locals are now pointing fingers, of course. Which is a shame.

    346 homes lost. Now labeled as the worst fire in Colorado history. Not the largest, the worst. More homes, more money lost in homes. Very expensive to fight. 1000 brave firefighters here because of how close to the city this is. this was on the very northwest edge of town.
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  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Worst fears happened. One person has died inside a home, and another for that home is also missing. Unfortunately there are a few others reported missing, but it's tough to account for 32,000 people.
     

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