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Forest fires part 2

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,993

    Glad ya made it ok. Im sure ya were sweating bullets for a while.
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,157

    Whenever the hill people say "Grrr", you know it's serious. Best of luck to all, Dana.
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,578

    Is it possible, or more to the point, practical, to follow some of the California construction practices, and substitute for any wooden exterior surfaces, with a non-flammable alternative?
  4. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    Happy to hear that you made it through untouched. Sad to hear about the 500+ homes destroyed and lives uprooted. Have you considered a concrete boarder around your house, oh say a 200ft radius?
  5. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    Not that this may be practical or even possible where Dana lives..... I live up in the foothills in So Cal and we are considered to be in a high danger fire zone. My In-Laws live right next door and they have more exposure to a heavily wooded area so every year their insurance company has a company that they contract with who comes out and sprays the top half of their hillside with Phos-Check. From what I understand it can last for an entire season. We usually brush cut the grassy weeds and remove the larger branches and fuel first and then it gets sprayed. The same company that sprays the Phos-Check also has a private monitoring service and if fire comes within X amount of miles they send out a private crew to hose everything down again and stay on site until any danger has passed. I had never heard of such a thing but I though that it was pretty cool. I'm guessing that it costs less for the insurance company to do this than to replace a multi-million dollar home and it's contents.
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    From what I read last week, I think it was 45% of Colorado Springs is in a high fire hazard.
    After last years fire, they have been amending building codes about the combustible materials. I don't remember what they can and can't use, but I'll try to find out. Problem is, that they said last year that some of the homes had the best materials possible, and had done all the mitigation needed, but the houses still burned up. That's what happens with high winds and homes built with materials that will burn. Unless you want a concrete house with a concrete border around it, it will burn up.

    We live where we live for different reasons, and take the consequences as they come. Same with the folks in tornado alley, or along the rivers that flood, or along the coasts with hurricanes, and in areas with earthquakes. We can build all the precautions possible into the homes, but they will still be ravaged with the right conditions. Mother Nature is much stronger and smarter than we are, and she is fighting back :)
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,578

    Nothing is everything-proof. I was surprised at how many substitutes for wood they've come up with, when a relative in California told me what he had to use, for a home near a 'untouchable' protected area.
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    Pretty weird, but I got 5 calls on Tuesday for repairs needed due to fire damage. All came in on the same day, and I have not had calls on any other days. Drip pipes melted underneath the mulch, also low voltage lighting wires melted. I'd rather not have this kind of work :(
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,993

    Any of your customers lose their homes?
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    I have had a couple customers call about installing a zone or two around the perimeter, when they back up to native areas or large sections of trees. Could be more work, but no guarantees it stops any fires.

    Heartbreaking to read about the firefighters we lost down in Arizona.

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