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Re: Fire season is upon us
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2023, 10:53:03 PM »
Wow that is immense. Sorry about your house and land. Hope you get the cool and rain we started to get up here, ours has been mainly heavy showers. Went from 93F yesterday afternoon to 48F now. We've been quite fortunate in my immediate area, never been a fire since 1910. But we are surrounded by big open fields. The old timers when they cleared land back in the day, planted apple trees and a few yard maples. Breezy on these hills in winter, but low fire risk in summer.
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« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2023, 06:29:03 AM »
Good luck to you guys.
There was a fire next to mine lot many years ago. 
It went out when it hit my land. Mine land in that area had not been logged so nothing for the fire to burn on. It just went out.
helped that the fire dept showed up with a 2 inch hose too. they ran it through the woods on the other road.
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« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2023, 06:52:40 AM »
Whitepinejunky, My thoughts are with you. I hope your place makes it! 
I just woke up to an orange sun as the fires are smoking out the country. We have some in northern Ontario that are spreading smoke down here. My Daughter is on bugout alert in Sept Isle Quebec as the fires are only about 5 miles from town. They expect to evacuate 30,000 people this weekend. 
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Re: Fire season is upon us
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2023, 06:58:09 AM »
WhitePine sorry for your loss. Hope you are getting some of the rain we are.
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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2023, 07:36:56 AM »
The Shelburne County (Barrington) wildfire is now estimated at 23,000+ hectares. The largest wildfire in Nova Scotia in recorded history was the Trafalgar wildfire in 1976 at 13,000 hectares.

It's been a dry spring. It started off with exceptionally low snowfall winter past, and less than 1/3 our normal rainfall over the last few months. It has started raining today, and is forecasted to be cool and rainy over the next 5-7 days. 

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« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2023, 08:55:09 AM »
WhitePine, sorry for your loss and hoping that you and your family are safe. 
Have you been able to get back to your home, or got any updates on your property ?
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« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2023, 09:25:35 AM »
Thanks guys, to clear things up Iím not entirely sure if my home has burnt down, but the fire absolutely rolled right through my land and went further north by about 8km. Had lots of various stuff barns and buildings out back Iím sure there is some damage somewhere. My mill was back in the woods as well. Iíve spent years of work babying that land and managing it, I hope all is not lost and if any, it just burned lightly in the understory.

 Had lots of mature white pine Iím hoping it didnít reach their canopy. I was last there Monday when I went back for a couple more valuables, it was a evacuated area, but I went up anyway, at that time the fire was about 100m from my place just around the corner, before that it was all scorched, could see for quite a ways through what use to be dense bush. Based on nasa and other satellite maps the fires burnt already through my place and there ainít much more fuel for it anymore but it could have a ďreburnĒ scenario but unlikely within the next few days as itís finally raining here.

If I have lost everything I will rebuild, Iíd clear cut the scorched trees and replant, and with a vengeance. I know there are some close to me who have confirmed lost their homes. 

Hereís another photo out in my back woods I took on Sunday right before evacuation, figured Iíd take one more walk in my woods just in case I wonít see it in that state again for a long time


 

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« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2023, 10:51:03 AM »
I must admit that wouldn't have your attitude if I was on the same situation but then again, not much you can do about it. I hope the damage you have is minimal.
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« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2023, 12:05:15 PM »
Wow WhitePiney I sure hope and pray that you donít suffer severe damage from that fire !

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« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2023, 03:11:30 PM »
I must admit that wouldn't have your attitude if I was on the same situation but then again, not much you can do about it. I hope the damage you have is minimal.
Truthfully it ainít been easy the first couple days, it was surreal, got teary eyed a couple times, but Iíve been through the motions over the course of the week and Iíve accepted all possibilities now.
Iím antsy to get back and assess and rebuild if need be, may be another 3-4 days atleast 
Tiny silver lining will be no ticks for quite awhile I guess, and fertile soil 

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« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2023, 06:20:48 PM »
Just talking to my brother who runs a tractor trailer for moving heavy equipment around, he has been in the fire zone since Tuesday moving a 45 ton excavator once in a while, when not moving it he has to wait around in case the fire gets too close so he can take the excavator away. No sure where he was exactly yesterday but said he was watching the fire go by a few hundred feet up the road and was amazed at the sound. After a bit the excavator operator and the feller buncher guy decided it was too close so he went and hauled them out. (maybe Thomasville)

He was saying that there is getting to be quite a bit of gear down there trying to make a wide fire brake some were around 12 feller bunchers, 6 to 8 dozers (D6 & D8 ), and not sure how many excavators, he did mention that there were some guys putting together a very large excavator that arrived on several trucks.

Because he has local knowledge of the roads he has been trying to help other float drivers from away by telling them which roads to take and avoid when moving gear, the D8 (14' blade) and a long truck and trailer they were going to move to the Shelburne water treatment plant was too wide and long to go down a lot of those old narrow streets, we were wondering how many stop signs are knocked over.  

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« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2023, 06:32:03 PM »
Lots of the local heavy equipment contractors on the job, Iím not sure on the whereabouts of all the dozer breaks but I think one up by birch town and clements pond corner, not positive, but just deciphering what they are saying in the radio scanner and watching what the helos and air tankers are doing I kind of puzzled it together. 
The local volunteer FDs have done a great job working around the clock. Theyíre all getting experience in thatís for sure, this fire will be spoken of for over 100 years around here. 

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« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2023, 05:38:17 AM »
Sorry to hear about the fire.
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« Reply #34 on: June 05, 2023, 10:15:56 AM »
Last I heard (Sunday evening) there was a report of 49 pieces of heavy equipment there working on fire breaks, looking at possibly scaling back the gear today.

A fair amount of rain and much cooler temperatures has been welcome 10įc instead of 30įc, unfortunately the weather seems to have kept the water bombers and choppers away. The fire area has grown to around 25000 hectares.  

I went and helped move an excavator yesterday evening, along the 103 the burnt sections started a bit before the landfill and go for around 15kms (marker 79 or 80) close to Beaver Dam, I know that is just a small portion of what was burnt along the main road, I did not see any burnt buildings, there were lots of fire hose stretched out along the side of the road, in some places like the Anchors Away restaurant the fire went right around the building but the building looked intact.

The fire was moving fast through there and burning the grass and bushes so what is left is blackened ground and trees, the normal look would be a thick spruce and fir, thick enough that you would disappear from view by taking two steps into the woods.

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« Reply #35 on: June 05, 2023, 01:43:13 PM »
The system just east of you looks like it's going to be around for days.  Hope you guys get more of it.

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« Reply #36 on: June 05, 2023, 02:42:17 PM »
Yes, giving cloudy with showers or periods of rain until Wednesday. Just the cooler temperatures and cloud cover will be a huge improvement over last week.

Nova Scotia does not have water bombers only helicopters with buckets, we got 2 water boomers from Newfoundland as well as some smaller converted crop-dusters from New Brunswick when the were available. They hired several water bombers (I have heard 3 or 5) from Montana but unfortunately they were not able to use them once they got here due to weather so they have been loaned to Quebec in the meantime as they have some pretty big fires going on there too.

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« Reply #37 on: June 05, 2023, 03:48:17 PM »
Rain here most of the day and for the rest of the week, got 6/10" already today, rained since 4:30 am then stopped by 2:30 pm and now I see another round coming over the hills. Had over an inch on the weekend. I see rain fall warnings for parts of NS popping up, Cape Breton and Halifax area.

Been getting an inch a week here, every week for the last 4 weeks. Looks like that and more in store this week.

Hopefully that will swirl around NS some to put out the fire. All New Brunswick fires are listed as being under control or being patrolled as of this afternoon. 4 fires.
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« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2023, 11:22:41 AM »
I has been sunny and quite warm here but the fire situation has been quiet lately. BCFS has been quick to jump on some small ones before they got out of hand, somebody with experience and the ability to make decisions actually has the authority to deploy resources.  ::)
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« Reply #39 on: June 06, 2023, 11:41:00 AM »
I got a text out of the blue from my son yesterday: "Where the heck is all this smoke coming from? Do we have a big one working somewhere?" I told him it was imported from Canada and the folks up there are getting clobbered. "OH."

 It was a bit thick but high up. Today, it is solid thick and easy to smell right to ground level, even for me with burned out sinuses. Can barely see the sun except for the glowing area. At first I thought it was the small fire I made in the shop stove to dry things out, but no. It's everywhere and we have a statewide 'bad air quality' warning going on. Folks are complaining of course, but I remind them that those folks close to the smoke source need a lot more help and empathy than anybody around here does.
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