Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Blow-up

Fire Terminology has a long list of definitions and we are ready to break it down for you each day.  As we compile our list, you are welcome to comment on our post and we will add them as we go.  Ready?  Here we go in 3-2-1. Go.

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?


“A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

This photo was taken by Ventura County FD on December 4, 2017 of the Thomas Fire.  This could easily be considered as a firestorm as the fire originally was deemed at 500 acres but has consumed everything in its path with a current standing at 50,500 acres with a 0% containment status.  That, my friends is what we call a “firestorm” on steroids.

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  

Source:  USDA US Forest Service

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