On 2019-11-03 10:30, Baloonon wrote:
> Joerg <ne...@analogconsultants.com
>> We had one 1/4mi away. Had to stay indoors in order not to become
>> doused with the red fire retardant dropped from the plane. Another
>> fire farther away was more scary. Debris from it fell from the sky and
>> when it hit the pool it hissed. That was when we decided to plunk down
>> serious money for a metal roof.
> I once was about a mile from where a lightning strike started a fire and
> had to hike fast to get to the car, at which point sizzling ash was
> falling. Later I could see the fire from some miles away and it had spread
> at that point to several hundred acres. It's scary how fast they can
Yes, one has to be fast. Also a good idea to keep an eye out for large
bodies of water to dive into or float down in. That is what I do when
mountain biking in remote areas, keeping a mental note where that was so
I can backtrack in case a fire approaches fast. In some canyons you
wouldn't have a chance to get out in time.
It's similar to large buildings, airplanes and the like where I try to
keep a mental note where the emergency exits are.
>> Our house and property is quite well fire-proofed. Metal roof,
>> manicured vegetation and all. My main worry would be the wooden deck,
>> that has to be soaked when there is a fire. Also, a lot of neigbors
>> are totally sloppy about fire safety, they just don't seem to care and
>> the fire marshal doesn't give a hoot either. That is what makes
>> disasters so much worse.
> It's definitely worth getting the community organized to push for more
> enforcement. It's pretty astonishing to me how many people can be in
> denial, but then a lot of people where hurricanes hit are in denial about
> flooding too.
Yup. Way back when a French expert had told the decision makers in New
Orleans not to build anything that size so close to the water. They did
anyhow. Then Katrina happened.
In Japan there are signs chiseled in rock (!) way above sea level in the
hills saying something like "Do not build anything below here or the sea
will some day take it away". Obviously the forefathers didn't want those
signs to become unreadable for a long time, and for a very good reason.
Then people built stuff at sea level anyhow. Among other things the
Fukushima nuclear power station ...
Back to brewing, on transferring the Barley Wine I had a 1/3 of a gallon
of overflow that didn't fit into the secondary. That went into a glass
gallon jug. In a month or so I'll open that and take a sip, see how it
tastes. Maybe two sips. Heck, maybe all of it. No driving that night
since that had clocked in at 1.100 OG.