Very close call on Pains Bay fire

proximity suit

The following was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a very close call that occurred May 6, 2011 on the Pains Bay fire on the North Carolina coast.

Pains Bay 24-hour report May 6 2011 incident
Pains Bay 24-hour report May 6 2011 incident

Below is the latest map of the Pains bay fire, showing the fire perimeter (provided by the firefighters) and symbols representing heat detected by satellites today.

 

Pains Bay Fire map 1845 May 13
Pains Bay Fire map 1845 May 13. MODIS/Google

 

Terra torch, Pains Bay fire, Deb Pierce, USFWS
Terra torch, Pains Bay fire, Deb Pierce, USFWS

When we first experimented with a flame thrower much like the one above, in 1973 on the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California, we operators were required to wear aluminized proximity suits similar to the one in the photo below. Working in an unimproved, brushy environment, it probably created more hazards than it mitigated.

 

proximity suit
Proximity suit

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+