WILDFIRE HAZARDS IN LOST PARK RANCH. Mountain Shadows June 23, 2012. Green Mountain Falls 1889. Courtesy of the Ute Pass Historical Society. Green Mountain Falls 2008. What Happened?. Settlement—First we cut the trees indiscriminately. Conservation—Next we decided to save all the trees.
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Mountain Shadows June 23, 2012
Courtesy of the Ute Pass Historical Society.
Settlement—First we cut the trees indiscriminately.
Conservation—Next we decided to save all the trees.
Fire Suppression—After the horrible 1910 fire season we decided to put out all fires.
Wetter than normal conditions during the 20th Century—Really!
Expansion of the “burbs” into rural areas—subdivision on the range.
Dryer conditions during the 21st Century—Is this a drought or just normal?
Keeping it natural –It looked this way when I bought it, so that’s natural.
The Point to Remember is:
1) You can’t change the topography ;
2) “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”;
3) The only way to mitigate your fire risk is to reduce the amount of fuel!
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Aspen areas contain significant amounts of spruce.
A chain equals 66 ft.
40 Chains per hour equals approximately ½ mile per hour
Flame lengths in excess of four feet cannot be attacked by hand crews.
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