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    Thumbs up Grass Fires Works Great

    Both of our grass rigs when responding to grass fires carry gas operated leaf blowers. When used properly the wildland firefighter can use the blower to push the fire onto already burnt grassland and can do the work of five fighters with this one tool. Any other good ideas for fighting wildland fires?

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    Put water on it.

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    Yes we do this also. Works great for light grass/field fires. Neighboring departments looked at us funny the first couple times we used them. Now one of them has them on their rig.

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    Isnt that what water is for, we usually have a tank full of it. Does a pretty good job too.

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    water works , but I have never seen a leaf blower stuck in the mud.

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    If a leaf blower works, a rake probably works as well. I'm always amazed how much of the burn line I can get raked back over the burned area by the time everybody else runs around trying to get the water.

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    KY Div of Forrestry recognizes blowers as a firefighting tool. blowing fire back into burned areas are but one of its jobs that can be done. Guys, don't knock things unless you try them.
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    We use them to make line in leaf litter... we don't use them to "blow fire" back onto the black.
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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    I'd never even though of using a leaf blower prior to last year. At a controlled burn of a few acres in a preserve, someone had the idea to use it since most of the combustible material was leaves. Worked great.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    We have two blowers on all of our brush trucks and even on our engines (just in case). Usually there are two people using blowers to make a line around the fire with one or two following with rakes to clear any limbs or branches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    water works , but I have never seen a leaf blower stuck in the mud.
    That's funny.. i've never seen an indian can stuck in the mud either...

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    You guys' crack me up. I hear hillbilly music in the background.......................













































    Anything shy of a bush on fire in the Walmart parking lot. It will not work in most terrian/fuel and weather conditions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by engineer2000 View Post
    You guys' crack me up. I hear hillbilly music in the background.......................

    Anything shy of a bush on fire in the Walmart parking lot. It will not work in most terrian/fuel and weather conditions!
    We aren't talking about California wildfires here. Just your typical grass/field fire.

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    Duff. liter, loose debris, sounds like a good idea. Don't think the pushing the fire Back into the black is as bright of a idea.

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