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#292429 - 06/08/19 03:26 PM Easy way to start a fire
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https://enewspaper.latimes.com/desktop/l...0c-236bf740270e

Simply pounding a stake in the ground started one o California's biggest wildfires. Dry grass is almost perfect tinder for ignition.

Some years ago I was directing a project restoring some historic masonry structures on Santa Cruz Island. We were whacking at limestone rocks in tall dry grass, striking sparks regularly from the silica rich rock. We kept fire fighting gear handy and fortunately never started any fires. Other construction projects were not always so lucky
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#292431 - 06/09/19 02:47 AM Re: Easy way to start a fire [Re: hikermor]
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Can you list the page number? I ran out before reaching the story.

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#292437 - 06/09/19 12:50 PM Re: Easy way to start a fire [Re: Janysboy]
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Front page.
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#292442 - 06/10/19 06:13 PM Re: Easy way to start a fire [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
https://enewspaper.latimes.com/desktop/l...0c-236bf740270e

Simply pounding a stake in the ground started one o California's biggest wildfires. Dry grass is almost perfect tinder for ignition.

Some years ago I was directing a project restoring some historic masonry structures on Santa Cruz Island. We were whacking at limestone rocks in tall dry grass, striking sparks regularly from the silica rich rock. We kept fire fighting gear handy and fortunately never started any fires. Other construction projects were not always so lucky


I imagine PG&E is taking extra precautions now that they are Chapter 11 with the lawsuits arising from last year's fires.

Also be wary of parking your vehicle on dry grass or even driving through areas with high dry grass. Sometimes you will pick up some dry material and it gets jammed into the undercarriage. Your hot exhaust system can ignite the grass even later after you have parked. Its a quick way to lose your vehicle and start an environmental fire.


Edited by Roarmeister (06/10/19 06:17 PM)

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#292444 - 06/10/19 11:30 PM Re: Easy way to start a fire [Re: hikermor]
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Yup, saw a fire start from a bullet hitting a rock at the rifle range. There were just two of us there at the time so we were kicking dirt and peeing to stop it from spreading. Steel core bullet I imagine.

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#292481 - 06/13/19 02:49 AM Re: Easy way to start a fire [Re: hikermor]
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This is probably a better way to link the article. The above link was to the front page of the current day.

http://enewspaper.latimes.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=4f8f95eb-1d90-47bb-93b8-70719328efa9
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#292482 - 06/13/19 02:54 AM Re: Easy way to start a fire [Re: hikermor]
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Thanks - much better
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#292548 - Yesterday at 09:08 PM Re: Easy way to start a fire [Re: hikermor]
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Inappropriate language deleted.


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