Sunday, July 17, 2016

Out of the Jurisdiction: Making a Fire Break


Winter is the dry season in southern Africa.  The grass that grew in summer is tinder dry.  So, field hands create fire breaks by torching a strip of grass at the edge of a field and quickly drenching it.


The hope is that any fire that begins will run out of fuel when it hits the fire break
and won't be able to jump to the developed parcels.

8 comments:

Kate said...

Fire and dry seasons need to be watched carefully as these workers are doing. Guess it is an international problem of concern for many countries, including ours.

Sharon Anck said...

I would think they need to know exactly what they are doing to get this right.

RedPat said...

I hope it works!

jennyfreckles said...

Risky business. It must be worrying if you have land or property when it's as dry as that.

Michelle said...

Jenny is right...that is risky business.

Kay said...

Risky, no doubt. Reminds me of California and the nagging, background fear during fire season (which is now year round). The term "defensible space" comes to mind.

William Kendall said...

Quite sensible, as long as it's kept controlled and put out quickly.

Linda said...

Yes, here they do controlled burns.