Fast Moving Wildfires Destroys Preppers Homes

fast moving wildfires

After TEOTWAWKI these fireman may not be there to help you.

I am sure by now you are all aware of the fast moving wildfires that are burning across Northern California. What you may not know is that quite a few preppers live in the areas that are burning. Many of these areas are quite remote and have been attractive areas for homesteading.  I know that many preppers live in these areas and with over five hundred homes burned down I am sure some preppers have been affected.

Having spent time in the fire service and having fought this type of fast moving wildfires, I can tell you that unless you have large fire breaks around your home you will not be able to defend it against this type of fire without fire department help. Now I am not saying don’t move to remote areas, but you have to face reality as to the potential fire dangers.

You need to build with fire resistive types of construction, for example metal or fire resistive roofs, Concrete or fire resistive walls. See this article for additional information on what you can do to protect yourself,  Wildfire Protection and How It Effects You.

Now I know people who live in the affected areas that I have not been able to contact, I don’t know if their homes are still intact. I know people who are fighting the fire and others who are helping to evacuate homes and animals. Within the next few days, I hope to talk to some of them and get them to share their experiences with you. If you have had experience with fast moving wildfires, share them with us so that we can all learn from your knowledge.

After TEOTWAWKI there will be people who set these types of fires both accidentally and on purpose. Fast moving wildfires may be one of your biggest threats. Don’t just ignore it.
Howard

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6 Responses to Fast Moving Wildfires Destroys Preppers Homes

  1. Ed Harris says:

    Something I have not been able to understand, where I live in West Virginia, we live in a wooded subdivision, on a dirt road, on a mountainside, 5 miles outside town. We have metered municipal water and sewer which we are billed for. But NO FIRE HYDRANTS!
    Average lot size is 5 acres and the water system is gravity fed from a series of tanks located about 600 vertical feet up the mountain, about 1/2 mile away.

    I was told by the water authority that because we were zoned rural-agricultural and were outside the town limits we couldn’t get hydrants. They don’t install hydrants in residential neighborhoods with a density of less than 4 units per acre. Some people have dry hydrants installed in small yard ponds for fire department use. My lot is too steep for a pond, and there are none close by.

    My lot fronts on a deep water creek which has water year round. The vertical drop from my house to the water line is about 100 ft. over a distance of about 500 feet. Would a gas powered trash pump pull water uphill from that distance with sufficient force to pressurize a 1-inch hose? What would you recommend?

    • admin says:

      It has been a while since I did this type of hydraulics. But here is a link to a site that may help you. http://training.nwcg.gov/courses/ffm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31&Itemid=45 There are a few questions you need to answer. One are you using hose or fixed piping. Two, what pressure do you want at the nozzle, I would recommend at least 50 lbs. How much hose will you have at your home, you will need this to figure friction loss. I don’t think a trash pump will put out enough pressure, you may need a higher pressure pump’ I will see what I can find out and get back to you.
      Howard

  2. gonewiththewind says:

    Good insurance, a good escape plan with alternative plans, a good vehicle and keep your important papers/things where you can get to them quickly.

    I have been in this situation two times. Once in Southern California where 400+ houses burned (mine did not thanks to a block wall around the subdivision AND the fire department). Once in a cabin in a wooded area (the fire didn’t reach our house). Both times I left early, didn’t need someone to tell me it’s time. As soon as the risk was known I’m outa there.

  3. Ed Harris says:

    Contractor recommended fixed pipe from a screened creek intake, uphill to the house, high pressure pump and standpipe at the street using whatever coupling the VFD in my area uses and have the fire department pick the best location to locate the equipment. Store in the carport not less than 100 ft. of VFD compatible hose and nozzle on reel near the pump.

    • admin says:

      That sounds like a good idea. Make sure you have enough hose to reach all areas of your home both inside and out and get an adjustable fog nozzle. This will give you both straight stream and fog.

  4. kens says:

    I recently read “Wall of Flame” by Erich Krauss. It is a true account of fighting a firestorm in southern calif. in 2002. The fire crews repeatedly found that most of the homes destroyed had actually survived the initial fire only to succumb to small fires in gutters and landscaping that remained after the flamefront passed. Some crews were able to use were successful by taking shelter until the main fire passed then using garden hoses to control the smaller fires. Its an excellent read truly depicting the problems of fire crews.

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