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    Default Brushfire Season So Far

    Has anyone been hammered with any good brushfires? I was fighting one this weekend that totaled 100 acres destroyed, I was there from 13:30 Saturday until 21:30. On Sunday morning we went back, and there were still good hot spots. There was a brush/structure in a neighboring town, plus a few other good ones on Saturday, depts couldn't go mutual aid because they had fires in their towns. Sunday there were 2 other fires, plus the fire wardens cancelled permit burns for the state.
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    Disclaimer: What I have typed below I have gathered from my scanner (I'm an explorer and a scanner buff )

    Worcester's had at least 1 a day (thankfully it's stopped though for yesterday and today so far) for the past 2 weeks.

    Auburn's had a couple. Most were brush burns without permits. One had an area the size of an acre of brush on fire.

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    We dont really get brush fires here, but last Halloween we had probably the biggest for our dept in a long time.

    Our dept sent:

    Two Chiefs
    Two Engines
    One Medic

    Neighboring Dept:

    1 Engine
    1 Tanker
    1 Brush Truck

    Another neighboring dept:

    1 Engine


    One of our chiefs along with the medic and one engine were out at a chicken coop fire (started by embers blowing from a burn barrel in high winds) when the embers from that fire decided to blow over to the field right next door.


    If I can find pics I will attach.

    Probably nothing for most depts, but for us, a suburban dept who doesnt get brush fires, it was pretty nice.
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    We don't really get brush fires here....
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    You are all 18 correct? Even a brush/grass fire is considered "live" fire. Just to make you and your departments aware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resq1scnd2none View Post
    You are all 18 correct? Even a brush/grass fire is considered "live" fire. Just to make you and your departments aware.
    I was wondering the same thing.

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    Havent been to any myself yet this year, but today most of VT is in a Red Flag Warning and NH is in Fire Weather Hazard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resq1scnd2none View Post
    You are all 18 correct? Even a brush/grass fire is considered "live" fire. Just to make you and your departments aware.
    I was on my way to the store when it went out. I just sat back with the trucks and took pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer View Post
    We dont really get brush fires here, but last Halloween we had probably the biggest for our dept in a long time.

    Our dept sent:

    Two Chiefs
    Two Engines
    One Medic

    Neighboring Dept:

    1 Engine
    1 Tanker
    1 Brush Truck

    Another neighboring dept:

    1 Engine

    Another neighboring dept:

    1 Engine


    One of our chiefs along with the medic and one engine were out at a chicken coop fire (started by embers blowing from a burn barrel in high winds) when the embers from that fire decided to blow over to the field right next door.


    If I can find pics I will attach.

    Probably nothing for most depts, but for us, a suburban dept who doesnt get brush fires, it was pretty nice.
    I have a few...
    I think they're from you anyhow. I don't have any of the chicken coop but you all may be able to imagine - It was fully involved with wind feeding it. the wind that day was probably pushing 20-25 mph.

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    We had a good 8 acres burn this afternoon. Naturally I was stuck at work so I missed it. It hasn't rained in about 2 weeks here so its dry as malibu.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    We have only had 1 so far this year. It has been fairly slow so far. But i have heard a ton from departments in the county and neighboring county, and some fairly big ones.

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    I dont want to bring up the argument but when some of you say we shouldnt be working brush fires, you should think about how other departments have different SOP's and our department lets juniors do anything as long as you are not on the roof, doing a interior attack, or car fires but all other firefighting is allowed.

    We had a couple of 1 acre fires since christmas but nothing big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LKQVFD512 View Post
    I dont want to bring up the argument but when some of you say we shouldnt be working brush fires, you should think about how other departments have different SOP's and our department lets juniors do anything as long as you are not on the roof, doing a interior attack, or car fires but all other firefighting is allowed.

    We had a couple of 1 acre fires since christmas but nothing big.
    Here we go...

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    Please God do not let it get to this again!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LKQVFD512 View Post
    I dont want to bring up the argument but when some of you say we shouldnt be working brush fires, you should think about how other departments have different SOP's and our department lets juniors do anything as long as you are not on the roof, doing a interior attack, or car fires but all other firefighting is allowed.

    We had a couple of 1 acre fires since christmas but nothing big.
    Ok this has been said over and over again and most of the time everyone says the same thing. People who work at FD with explorer posts know what they can do and can't. Some departments can do things like brush fires and some can't. Explorers are there to learn....not for any other reasons. The firefighters don't need us they are just nice enough to let us learn. They could handle everything just fine with out us. Keep that in mind. I do.
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    Fire is fire...no matter what. As an under the age of 18 person, you are not to be doing jobs that are considered "dangerous". While the goverenment doesn't classify firefighting as such for teenagers (still not sure why)
    a lawyer would have a field day should you get injured or God forbid killed at a brush/grass fire.

    To sum it up? Under 18 stay away!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resq1scnd2none View Post
    Fire is fire...no matter what. As an under the age of 18 person, you are not to be doing jobs that are considered "dangerous". While the goverenment doesn't classify firefighting as such for teenagers (still not sure why)
    a lawyer would have a field day should you get injured or God forbid killed at a brush/grass fire.

    To sum it up? Under 18 stay away!!
    Fortunately, you don't make the laws and what you say doesn't apply to anyone but you.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Colorado we usually have 1 brush fire burning. Where I'm an Explorer maybe once or twice a month, usually small.

    This past week we had two firefighters die in the LODD battling a wildfire.
    And a pilot died while battling a wildfire. Not sure if he was a firefighter or not, I think he was just helping out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resq1scnd2none View Post
    Fire is fire...no matter what. As an under the age of 18 person, you are not to be doing jobs that are considered "dangerous". While the goverenment doesn't classify firefighting as such for teenagers (still not sure why)
    a lawyer would have a field day should you get injured or God forbid killed at a brush/grass fire.

    To sum it up? Under 18 stay away!!
    People do things differently everywhere.
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    we get our small fires here and there, mostly on the side of the highways, cigarettes out the side of the window, out last big fire we had in our unit was in 1984 i think it burn for 6 days and took 50,000 acres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta107 View Post
    Colorado we usually have 1 brush fire burning. Where I'm an Explorer maybe once or twice a month, usually small.

    This past week we had two firefighters die in the LODD battling a wildfire.
    And a pilot died while battling a wildfire. Not sure if he was a firefighter or not, I think he was just helping out.
    Whatever your age, whatever your dept. allows, whatever size brushfire, be safe and watch out.

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    http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com...tory.php?64456

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    http://www.wildfirelessons.net/Home.aspx

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    Around here, usually they are so tame you can step over them and put them out with a garden hose. They move at about a foot or two a minute and are no big deal.

    Friday was the first time I've every actually been legitimately concerned. The terrain, huge fuel load, no rain for two weeks, and the wind all combined at once. I've never said "oh ****" and meant it seriously at a brush fire before. We saw it in one place and by the time we came around the trail ahead of it, it was already there and moving up the ridge right at us.

    Don't get complacent. These things can get ugly really quick.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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