Originally Posted by thefishguy77
So are you advocating for removing every combustible item for say a mile or 2 before any structures are allowed to be built. Sparks and ashes carry further than that in cases as well. Or are you advocating removing all combustible material completely and just having pavement. That doesnít start from lightning strikes. Many of the major wildfires in washington state are not man made but lightning strikes.
So you would either need to figure out how to prevent lightning strikes.
Remove all combustible material that could start from a lightning strike.
Or keep all building and structures or any sorts for miles, 1-1.5 miles isnít uncommon for spot fires from big wildfires, and leave it barren between the last combustible and the nearest house.
So whats your great solution to PREVENT/STOP the racket.
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You don't have to stop wildfires completely, what I am talking about is human structures and lives. For example, northern houses are built to a code which requires a certain roof strength. Western houses can be built of non-flammable materials.
Furthermore, restriction of building areas should definitely be practiced, it's absurd that people live in certain draws, arroyos, and canyons that have obviously burnt in a firestorm before and will again.
Futhermore, certain total areas should be restricted, and access to certain areas barred during seasons determined by the Forest Service.
And, plans for development will have to pass a criteria set up by a body like the NFPA, which does a fantastic job at preventing electrical fires by passing their info to the NEC.
The cost of improvements, restrictions, and re-settlments should be born into the cost of property and structures exactly the same way it is to mitigate fire prevention in homes across the nation. You don't *really* need 14/2 Romex to wire a house, your house will work without it, without GFCI, without a ground, etc. But the total absence of shit (well, mostly) wiring options means even w/o reading codes, people doing electrical work just about can't fuck it up.
That should be the same standard for Western homes, businesses, schools, all of it.
It is a massive glaring inconsistency that we have built truly massive levees and waterways, possibly the largest Civil Engineering feat ever accomplished, to prevent floods, but we just let the West burn down so that the RE shysters can move back in and use Illegal labor to clap up brand-new McMansions.
What are the exact parameters of the proposed code? I have no specific idea and neither do you. The fire prevention data I've seen is rudimentary compared to the NFPA's housing regulations, statistics, big data mining, etc.
Hell, look at cars? Do you know exactly how to build a cheap, reliable, 5-star car? Probably not, but the NHSTA and car makers and insurance companies have massive data and testing to support it.
Welp, same thing needs to be done out West vis a vis wildfires.