wildfires

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ToddW, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. ToddW macrumors 6502a

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    well just thought i would share my experience today. i transformer blew at a power grid that is near my subdivison today. next thing i know i'm watering the house and lawn and getting stuff together to evacuate. it got kind of scary preparing for the worse all day today. the fire has subsided and everything looks okay. for all macrumor members in texas and oklahoma start your rain dance, cause i know i will be.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Hopefully some of the rain we've been getting in SoCal will sweep into OK and TX.


    Lethal
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    We're having the same problems down here. So far, so good, but it's looking like a bad summer. :(
     
  4. crdean1 macrumors 6502a

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    I have been watering like crazy.

    those fires are all too close to home.
     
  5. hana macrumors regular

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    And on the other hand....

    Watching the Tournament of Roses Parade this morning....

    Very soggy.....

    And just about the time where I say to myself (sitting here in Los Angeles watching the rain outside my place...getting ready to run out for some errands...), "Heck...it's just a LITTLE rain....... folks in Seattle face this nearly every day!"..... they break in with the EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM about a flash flood watch in Los Angeles. :eek:

    (Hmm...maybe today is a better day to do stuff around the house....)



    Happy New Year! :D
     
  6. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Watering your house? Sounds bizzare.
    Anyway home much water do you use, I'm assuming this is a precautionary to stop your house catching on fire. Does this actually have much effect as apposed to a non watered house. Just seems that a large fire would probably cause enough heat for the water to quickly evaporate and house burns anyway. Or is it really useful?
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    As bizarre as it sounds, watering the house can help quite significantly. Bush fires are notorious for their haphazard jumping around. They'll burn three houses, skip the next two, it's one of their scarier aspects. Watering the house increases the chances of your house getting skipped. :)
     
  8. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Would a moat help? Clear cutting trees around the house and building a wall of sprinklers could possible prevent future forest fires occurring on the front lines.

    I hear there's also wildfires in Sydney, Australia.

    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    A moat would help in theory but you can't get a good moat these days without also getting a dragon. The dragon factor usually offsets the moat because no matter how many times you place it on the opposite side of your moat, it just keeps flying back over and burning the house down again and again. :(

    I hope the wildfires (or bushfires as we call them) don't get my Sydney home. It should be fine.
     
  10. goodwill macrumors regular

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    you know whats ironic here in texas? there is a burn ban, but all the fireworks stands have lines out of the wazzoo.

    now i know there are legitimate reasons why this doesn't matter. but for the sake of safety and the quality of life of those who are in the line of fire (literally) it warrants more consideration.
     
  11. ibook30 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not far from the fires, and feel for you.
    Everything is extremeyl dry - and a cigarette could wipe out several acres.
     
  12. Nermal Moderator

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    Seems appropriate to post this. May contain language.
     

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