Fire!

on 28 April 2009

Yesterday afternoon we smelled smoke and assumed someone nearby had
started a campfire. When we got to the ridgetop we noticed the whole
hillside was on fire. We came within less than a mile of it. It's been
very hot and dry lately...perfect for fire. Later on someone mentioned
that a ranger said it was a planned, controlled fire. Now my question
is, why would the forest service intentionally set a forest fire? If
you can figure out the answer please leave it in the comment section.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi it's catherine , where were you when you first smelled the fire?There might be a tree that was infected or sick so it could of spead and so instead of having to chop them all down they decided to just make it easier and burn them all down.I hope my answer makes scence.
YOUR FRIEND,Catherine

Anonymous said...

Every once in a while the underbrush needs to be cleared out. fire is the best way, as long as its kept under control. Heat from the fire also germinates seed, such a pine cones. Mom of Matt R.10t and Andrew R 4th

Anonymous said...

Maybe they wanted to get rid of some of the really old trees along the trail so they dont fall and hurt someone, or there might be something out there they dont want crushed by trees

G-town Forensics Team said...

Mr. Devoe!

We think we have an answer to your question. Some students think that a fire is a good way to clear out an area that is overgrown, to provide more room for additional future vegetation.

Or, perhaps there are some trees that need a periodic fire to help the seeds germinate and produce a floral specemin -- Becca Barlow suggested these last few words :). Let us know what you think! Have fun and keep it real.

P.S. -- Becca would also like a possum, if you would be so kind as to bring one home for her.

Period 6 Forensics and Mr. S., yo.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes forest rangers feel that it is necessary to set a controlled fire to avoid much larger damages that could be caused by an uncontrolled fire, especially since you have described the weather as having been hot and dry. However, I think it was foolish to set this fire so close to the trail. It is dangerous to hikers on the trail.

Veronica C said...

they might set a fire to prevent a real fire from starting when they dident know when it might come. Also they could control it too which would be better then if one started and they couldent respond quick enough.
- Veronica Chamberlain

Anonymous said...

They probly set it on fire to prevent a real fire from hapaning when the dident know when it might catch on fire this is probly a good thing because then if 1 started with out them knowing some 1 could get hurt/burned pretty badly

Anonymous said...

I did some research on why the forest service would intentionally set the forest on fire and supposedly it is because the fire can be a good thing if it is controlled. The research said it clears out under brush and small trees and makes openings in the forest in a mosaic pattern. It said that fighting fires agressivly was a mistake for all of these years because it let the forest get over populated and ripe for fires that were nearly impossible to control. The Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management now routinely have detailed fire management plans that show where fires don't have to be fought. The transition has been easiest in unpopulated blocks of land, but increasingly land managers are learning to regulate fires near communities... I was shocked by this information, even after reading it, I don't understand why they would intentionally ste the beautiful, serene forest on fire.
~Crissy

Mr. DeVoe said...

Nice job everyone! Thanks for the information. Yes, although usually destructive, forest fires are very NATURAL and important for many ecological process to take place.

Anonymous said...

Love your website, Mr. DeVoe. If you would like some additional information about prescribed fire in the Southern United States, please feel free to contact me. I am the Public Affairs Director for the Southern Region of the US Forest Service, and I am based in Atlanta. You are your students are correct - fire is an important part of the ecosystem, and by keeping it out for years, we have created unintentional problems. By conducted planned, controlled burns under the best weather conditions, we can replicate the effects of fire without the dangers of an unplanned, catastrophic fire that occur when humidities are low and fuels are dry. Let me know if I can help! Stephanie Johnson, US Forest Service, 404-347-7226, snjohnson@fs.fed.us

Mr. DeVoe said...

Haha..a possum. I'll see what I can do!

Anonymous said...

Hey,how close were you to the fire? Do you think you could guess how high the fire smoke was. Keep eating alot.

Anonymous said...

Lauren and jay jay how skoob is doing

Anonymous said...

did you get the taonafish yet from katiemae

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