Ya, who'd have ever thought that could go wrong....
This reminds me of a story...
In 2005 I had a 30 acre abandoned goat farm in Gainesville FL. I started a remediative forestry project to attain a highly valuable density bonus. After many near misses with the chain saw and long days with a home made fire truck (tractor with water tank and PTO pump) and drip torch, I had burned a rectangular border of about 100' all around the property, and I had knocked down all the invasive trees. I was ready to burn the sucker.
The central rectangle was about 25 acres. The community forester and the fire chief both assesed my burn plan and paid site visits. I was good to go. One morning, the weather was right, I was granted a permit, and I quickly ran out and lit the four sides.
In about twenty minutes I had a fire tornado about 300' high. It was not possible (way too hot) to patrol the fire breaks for about an hour (thank god I did not burn down my neighbors properties as well). In two places, burning live trees fell across my fire break, and I had to saw them and pull them into the property with my tractor, basically driving through small fires and charcoal. That took about 2 hours to control.
The fire burned hard well into the next morning. I drove around every half hour, all night. It was worse at night: the embers were visible ascending into the sky, and falling on my neighbors properties, seeming to wink out only moments before touchdown.
I was digging out hot spots three weeks later. Never again.
Looks like they had a blast.
Wait, how do we know it's Maple Ridge?
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saw that coming from a mile away.
looks like a nice hot day. petrol vapours trapped under all of that nice wooden shrapnel.
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how about a seriously tamped screecher going wrong (talk about eye-brows - and hair, eye-lashes, hearing fro a day ...)