Skip to comments.Once in a lifetime: Tornado of tumbleweeds spreads grass fire in Colorado. [video]
Posted on 03/26/2014 5:23:39 PM PDT by servo1969
Firefighter Thomas Rogers recorded this video of a tumbleweed tornado that helps spread a controlled fire beyond what was originally intended. Taken at a wildlife refuge in Denver, Colorado, several fire teams were at hand to help control the blaze.
"Prescribed burn of 150 acres at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, CO.
Participating agencies: USFWS, USFS, South Metro Fire, West Metro Fire, Denver Fire, Fairmount Fire.
A dust devil formed and drew the prescribed fire into it. It crossed the line and burned about 1 additional acre."
I grew up in east El Paso, Texas, and I remember the winds in spring and how tumbleweeds would bunch up at any obstruction. Dry tumbleweeds are as flammable as gasoline.
Coming to SYFY next fall.
These teams normally wait for a windy day to start ‘controlled’ fires. This day was no exception.
I honestly think these teams are headed up by pyromaniacs.
When I was engaged in controlled burns as a young man back in California, the rules were pretty strict about having almost no wind at all and even the humidity level couldn't be too low.
I honestly think these teams are headed up by pyromaniacs."
I won't argue that some probably are. :)
There have been lots of ‘controlled fires’ in recent years that were set on windy days and burnt thousand of acres. Even a sixth grader would not have started those fires on those days.
The one in the article was just another in a seemingly endless string. Of course, very few in the media seem concerned. Even after the big one last year.