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Metaphorically:Why catch fish with a spear, when a (Japanese drift net)fishing trawler is more efficient?

Why not use fire retardant mats around 3 Meters high that can be rolled out off a special storage spindle using a farm vehicle when front sections are moving over flattish grass terrain,Then the vehicles can race around after the/any patch fires that are from jump.

The idea is to smother it by either rolling it over the front line serially in a line from a starting point on the fire front(unbroken line) not wherever its sim-ply been placed after roll-out on the front.
Another method perhaps would be to have a system like bird trappers nets, of a special pin rammer and 3 meter tall stake pin to hang the long 3 meter tall mat on, then drop it on the front as it reaches up against the mat.
Mats like that could be air dropped ready for use on their spindle(axel)with their stakes and the truck/trucks could ready them.
The trucks could be used more for jumping from spot fire(those are set off by floating burning debri) to spot fire until that section of front over that type of land terrain (mainly grass) is out. [xx(]

Watch this Youtube video(The first images in the news item of the "grass fire" transisting up the hill):
HOLOCAUST FIRE IN AUSTRALIA MEDIA - PART FIVE
« Last Edit: 27/02/2009 05:57:59 by nicephotog »


 

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Could fire-retardant mats be used to combat bush fires?
« Reply #1 on: 05/03/2009 22:40:33 »
Fires dont burn in straight lines and spread in many ways other than on the ground, like through embers being blown 100's of feet through the air. The wind created by fires can also be very strong and you may have difficulty keeping your mat down.
« Last Edit: 05/03/2009 22:45:42 by ukmicky »
 

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Could fire-retardant mats be used to combat bush fires?
« Reply #2 on: 05/03/2009 23:28:23 »
The only way to deal with the forest fire problem is by managing the land properly. What is needed is large areas of low vegetation between the forested areas. This can be achieved by controlled burning at suitable times. But it's no surprise that it isn't often done. It requires money to be spent long before it is likely to be needed - not a politician's favourite action.
 

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Could fire-retardant mats be used to combat bush fires?
« Reply #3 on: 06/03/2009 06:34:01 »
When it gets to farmland, thats where it has always had me bothered how they often (as i have) fought grass fire in open sections.
The action always is the truck moving along the front from one end extinguishing the fire along it and cooling the burnt area behind.
But one of the standard parts is beating down spot fires(started by floating embers) using a sacking bag.
Since other techniques such as rolling a solid carpet over a grass fire to stomp it out also can operate. then a fireproof mat held on struts that can be dropped by hinges onto the fire at optimum moment of reachseem to me to be a far more sensible solution and leave one truck to destroy larger sections that weren't hit correctly when it reached and another to control the largew spot fires on the paddocks if they cant be beaten down by a sack(usually when its to far to run to in one sprint).
 

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