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  •  And because of that past policy of putting (4+ / 0-)
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    badger, blueoasis, JesseCW, buddabelly

    out fires as quickly as possible, the fires burn hotter and make the soil stay toxic longer.  You wouldn't believe the consistency of the soil where there was a fire several years ago near my house.  

    And then because the soil couldn't absorb the water after the fire, a hard rain a few months later in that area caused flooding up to 1 or 2 miles away.  The issues build upon each other...  

    •  Yup. What should be renewing sterlizes (2+ / 0-)
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      SpecialKinFlag, buddabelly

      the soil instead because of the insane temps, and the length of the burn.

      I got to work on a prescribed burn one spring, and then spend the next six months with my crew cutting a trail on the same hillside whenever we weren't out on a fire, so we got to watch everything coming back.

      Even where the was a big stand of creosote laden chaparral  that roared like a jet engine when it went up, a couple weeks later a whole bunch of wild onion-like plants were shooting up from bulbs.

      That fire was insanely hot.  100 feet away and UP wind with a 5 mph breeze, you felt like you were standing right next to a bonfire.  But it only burned high for 10-15 minutes.

      Now, if there had been 100 years build up?  None of those bulbs would have survived.

      Mr. Universe is a known degenerate Robotophile, and his sources include former Browncoat Traitors. What is their agenda in leaking top secret information about the Reavers and endangering us all?

      by JesseCW on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:50:48 PM PDT

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