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    This problem is not limited to the US. I heard last night on the news that my home town, Kamloops, which is about 3 1/2 hrs away from where I live now, has 98 fires currently burning in the surrounding area. 28 of which started yesterday, and there is no hope of rain in the immediate future. The normal drafting source would be the river that runs through the center of town, but do to the extremely dry winter, the snow and ice packs on the glaciers which feed the river are way down. They are having to do the old "scoop and run" with bombers from nearby lakes.


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    Our towns hydrant system it there for looks really. The water source is about 1 1/2 miles away and it is gravity fed. If we do use it the pumps can only refill at max 110gal a min into about an 8000gal holding tank. That serves as the towns fresh drinking water. So if we get a fire we have our box setup to call in additional tanker support. With a little luck on our side we have alot of natural springs and farmers have man made ponds that we can pull water from. If that doesn't work well we will just toss a hard suction into someones pool when nobody is looking
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    Perhaps bottled water. Many come with the "sport" tops. Not only would you have a water supply but the tip could finally provide the happy medium between solid bore and fog.

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    Not bad LT. With the size of this country, it truly is amazing the different situations we all face. What is standard operating procedures for a lot of us are rarely used by others. There are some departments who have rarely had to consider drafting before this drought and I'm guessing are a little nervous about it (I know I would be). That's one of the reasons why these forums are so valuable. It allows us to share ideas and discuss things with people who confront water supply issues on a daily basis.
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    Wooo Hooo, its raining!

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    Good news...its RAINING!!! I think this is the first time I've actully looked forward to the rain.It was raining when I woke up this morning and its been raining ever since. Yay!!
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    Here in Arizona, when we see a rain cloud eveyone drives toward it! It is so nice to have rain - without the lightning!

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    Halleluhah! It rained all day! Now we need about two weeks of this. Talk about fickle, the local weather "forecasters" have been complaining about the lack of rain all summer. Now they're ringing their hands because the Labor Day weekend might get rained out. Now, I enjoy a holiday as much as the next guy, but I think we should look at the big picture here. I'll forego a picnic outdoors if it means the reservoirs are filling back up.
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    My rain gauge on the farm here in downtown Davidsonville had an even 2 (thats TWO) inches of rain as of 0700 today (thursday) Those who rely on static sources for firefighting along with those of us who depend on wells for our home's supply are continuing to pray for more rain though. A sobering item in the news was when a Baltimore TV news person Quoted a senior weather forcaster as saying that the now-to-3 and now-to-6 month trends continue to favor dry conditions. Stay Safe....
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