Wildfires in San Diego County
For the past couple months San Diego County has been hit with wildfires. Thankfully many first-responders have handled the heavy lifting. Putting out wildfires is extraneous work and requires a lot of monitoring and decision making.
First, firefighters assess the fire in order to determine how the it should be put out. Many factors play into this such as: the intensity, spread, and cause of the wildfire. Sometimes it is even decided to let the wildfire die out on its own. And of course in situations where people may be harmed immediate action will take place.
Firefighters use a tactic called “firebreak,” this method is used to stop wildfires naturally. A “firebreak” is land surrounding the wildfire that has been stripped of its fuel (trees, grass, etc.) from aiding the progression of a fire.
Sometimes firefighters don’t have a choice but to manually put out fires. The main method used is pouring fire retardant from a helicopter. Fire retardant is poured by helicopters to slow or weaken the fire. Once fire retardant has been used, helicopters will also pour water to ultimately put the fire out.
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