Does creating fire break lines work to control forest fires?

In summary: The fire started because the Calif refused to clear fire break lines. If they clear the fire break lines, the fire will stop.It makes sense to me, sure, you chop down a lot of trees to create the fire break, BUT isn't the fire now burning more trees as it's out of control and still burning?The fire is burning more trees because it's out of control.Should this be under the name of conservation to cut the trees to create the fire break lines to preserve the forest.It should be under the name of conservation to create the fire break lines to preserve the forest.
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yungman said:
government restrict logging companies, but if you let them log to create fire break, they'll be more than happy to do it for free.
The Forest Service and other government agencies DON'T PAY logging outfits to log the forests.
yungman said:
Then use it to pay for maintenance after the fire break. It must be large amount of money paying over and over and over.
@yungman, you have this idea that firebreaks should be constructed. No one is going to pay any attention to your argument until you do the math to back up your scheme.
On the three West Coast states, how many acres are in National Forests, National Parks, and lands administered by BLM? How far apart do you imagine the fire breaks should be? What is the total acreage of the forests to be logged for fire breaks?

When you come up with some numbers, I will reopen this thread, but until then, the thread is closed.
 
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<h2>1. Does creating fire break lines actually work in controlling forest fires?</h2><p>Yes, creating fire break lines can be an effective strategy in controlling forest fires. Fire break lines are areas where vegetation is removed or reduced to create a gap in the fuel source, which can help stop or slow down the spread of fire.</p><h2>2. How are fire break lines created?</h2><p>Fire break lines are typically created by using heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, to clear away vegetation and create a gap in the fuel source. They can also be created by manually removing vegetation with tools like shovels or chainsaws.</p><h2>3. Are there different types of fire break lines?</h2><p>Yes, there are different types of fire break lines that can be used depending on the terrain and the type of fire. Some common types include wet fire breaks, mineral soil fire breaks, and green fire breaks.</p><h2>4. Can fire break lines fail to control a forest fire?</h2><p>While fire break lines can be an effective strategy, they are not always guaranteed to stop a fire. In extreme fire conditions, a fire break line may not be wide enough or strong enough to prevent the spread of fire. Additionally, strong winds or flying embers can cross over the fire break line and reignite the fire.</p><h2>5. What are some other methods used to control forest fires?</h2><p>In addition to fire break lines, other methods used to control forest fires include aerial water drops, back burning, and using fire retardant chemicals. Controlled burns, where small fires are intentionally set to reduce fuel sources, can also be used as a preventative measure against larger fires.</p>

Related to Does creating fire break lines work to control forest fires?

1. Does creating fire break lines actually work in controlling forest fires?

Yes, creating fire break lines can be an effective strategy in controlling forest fires. Fire break lines are areas where vegetation is removed or reduced to create a gap in the fuel source, which can help stop or slow down the spread of fire.

2. How are fire break lines created?

Fire break lines are typically created by using heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, to clear away vegetation and create a gap in the fuel source. They can also be created by manually removing vegetation with tools like shovels or chainsaws.

3. Are there different types of fire break lines?

Yes, there are different types of fire break lines that can be used depending on the terrain and the type of fire. Some common types include wet fire breaks, mineral soil fire breaks, and green fire breaks.

4. Can fire break lines fail to control a forest fire?

While fire break lines can be an effective strategy, they are not always guaranteed to stop a fire. In extreme fire conditions, a fire break line may not be wide enough or strong enough to prevent the spread of fire. Additionally, strong winds or flying embers can cross over the fire break line and reignite the fire.

5. What are some other methods used to control forest fires?

In addition to fire break lines, other methods used to control forest fires include aerial water drops, back burning, and using fire retardant chemicals. Controlled burns, where small fires are intentionally set to reduce fuel sources, can also be used as a preventative measure against larger fires.

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