Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Flame out

A lack of winter rains put the damper on the annual wildlands fire training at Tracy Airport. In the past I have been witness to spectacular fires from the waist-high grass along the runways as crews trained to battle grassfires in a controlled setting.

The dry months starved the grass and the resulting stubble proved difficult to burn. Crews finally abandoned the training and torched the stubble as best they could. There wasn’t even any need for me to break out the flame proof clothes. Oh well there is always next year.

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