Friday, May 30, 2008

Summit Fire Update 5/30/08

I've talked to a few people now, and I've learned a few things.

First, the technical definition of the word "contained" is that fire lines surround the entire area of the fire, making it difficult for the fire to escape.

After containment, the next point is "controlled", which means that it's out enough that the fire folks decide they can walk away from it. The best estimates I've been able to drag out of people on that seem to converge at two or three weeks out, so call it mid June.

But even "controlled" doesn't mean "entirely out". Tree roots and heavy timber can smoulder for weeks or months and then flare up again. At least twice now I've heard from different sources that we're likely to see several flare ups over the summer, and that the fire probably won't really be "out" until we get some rain in the fall.

No other fire news today.