Wildland fire response is a critical thing when living in the desert or forest. Where vegetation gets dry and turns in to fire fuels it is important to have a good response program to combat fires when they start. This is especially important when dealing in areas that are inhabited, and that is usually where the fire starts. Statistically, 90% of the Wild land fires on public lands are man made, and it is more likely to have a human source near where the humans are than in the wilds.
We were showing property today in the Topaz area and noticed a puff of smoke over the hill from where we were. It grew as we drove around looking the subdivision over. Pretty soon the white smoke was streaked with black and the plume grew in size and height. Just before we saw the smoke we had passed the Fire Department and we explained how the entire County was served so well by Volunteer Fire Departments. The buyers were impressed with the size of the building and equipment. Just minutes later it was pressed to service.
As we drove back to town along the highway we saw the open flames, trucks on the hillside precariously close to the fire. Down the road they were setting up a command post. Further on they were closing the road. We barely got through. All the way back to town, 20 miles, there was fire fighting equipment racing to the scene – in the air as well as racing down the highway lights ablaze.
After awhile we began identifying for the buyers the different agencies that were rolling by. East Fork Fire District. Bureau of Land Management. Nevada Division of Forestry. Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department. Douglas Search and Rescue. Ranchos Volunteer Fire Department. U.S. Forest Service. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. It was helpful to show the buyers how well all the agencies work together in this area, and how seriously everyone takes their roles in suppressing fires and protecting the people and structures in the area.
We were proud to see all of the hardware rushing to scene. There were rigs from the Feds, State, Carson City, City of Reno, and volunteer departments from all over rushing in a timely manner.
Other than the horse facilities that burned early, we believe this rapid and extensive effort saved many homes from being lost. Besides the risk of life and the financial toll that it takes, the emotional toll of fire losses is horrific… and was avoided by the exceptional response efforts we witnessed today. What started as something that could be construed a negative to a buyer, a fire near the homes I was showing them, became a selling point. They liked the fact that we are safely watched over and hastily protected by many agencies. It became a topic of discussion as more and more equipment rolled by. They made the decision to move to the area by the time we got back to the office.
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