[Educator-Gold] DISASTERS: FIRE : ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : COUNTRIES: CANADA : TOURISM AND TRAVEL: Forces of Nature Conspire Against Firefighters Around Fort McMurray

 

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DISASTERS: FIRE :

ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

COUNTRIES: CANADA :

TOURISM AND TRAVEL:

Forces of Nature Conspire Against Firefighters Around Fort McMurray

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Forces of Nature Conspire Against Firefighters Around Fort McMurray

FERNANDA SANTOS

May 5, 2016

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/world/americas/
fort-mcmurray-firefighters.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=world/americas

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/zeex6nz

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How do you stop a big, fast-moving wildfire like the one ravaging Fort McMurray, Alberta? The answer is, you cant.

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Don Whittemore, a senior disaster response manager from Boulder, Colo., who has trained teams of firefighters in the United States and abroad, compared the task to trying to stop a hurricane from hitting the Eastern Seaboard.

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Wildfires are fought from the air and on the ground in a coordinated offensive meant to keep them from spreading. If the fire can be denied access to fresh terrain and fresh fuel, it will dwindle and burn itself out. But when strong, shifting winds are driving the flames, as in Alberta, the fire can move unpredictably and leap far beyond fire breaks and other obstacles like rivers and highways, making containment efforts futile and dangerous.

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Its not a matter of not enough resources, or not enough money, or not enough willpower to fight the fire, Mr. Whittemore said. Its the basic fact that there are forces of nature that we simply cannot control.

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Those who fight wildfires base what they do on a ranked list of priorities, and at the very top is life and safety. If neither can be ensured, the only sensible option is to disengage.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Sincerely,
David Dillard
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