Tumbleweeds and fire

Today we ran across two references to the problems that tumbleweeds can cause for firefighters. KRDO in Colorado Springs, Colorado published a video report about how a vegetation fire in El Paso County came close to igniting piles of tumbleweeds, and interviewed a firefighter and residents about the issues associated with the plants that pile up in windrows against fences and structures.

And later we found this photo on Twitter, showing a firefighter assessing what to do about a huge pile of tumbleweeds in Picture Canyon.

Regular readers of Wildfire Today will remember the video we posted in March of tumbleweeds caught up in a large fire whirl during a prescribed fire at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver:

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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.