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HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 28, 2014 - 06:06pm PT
use outdoor power equipment before 10am
Thanks for the reminder to get up early tomorrow for my brush clearing project.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2014 - 10:59pm PT
No kidding. I've been shopping for a string trimmer / brush cutter. Too many options... Anybody have experience with the beefier units? I still have about an acre of tall grass and weeds to clear and I'm looking to reduce the time to do that.

I would just use my scythe but my snath is having issues.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 29, 2014 - 12:53pm PT
As a matter of fact I do have a recommendation.
I've got a 35 year old Husqvarna. It was a midsize model when I bought it. It can use either string or a cutting blade.
It gets about 40 hours use a year. Gave me trouble for the first time this year when it wouldn't start - no fuel. I went down to my local Husky guy who's been selling/repairing for 40 years or so. He sold me (for very few bucks) a new fuel filter and fuel lines. Suggested I take apart the carburetor and check for corrosion on a tiny screen filter. Didn't find any corrosion, replaced fuel lines and filter and BANG. Back to work again.

My wife was almost hoping I couldn't fix it so she could get the brand new model for $450. She does most of the weed whacking. We do a total of about 2 acres a year on rough ground.
I've got three Husky saws that have also never needed a major repair.

I'm guessing your work is moderate duty. Lots of area, dense, tough weeds, minimal brush. I'd suggest the Husky. Get the brush cutter blade if you think you'll be needing it. I've cut through manzanita (very tough wood) as thick as my thumb.
Whichever brush cutter you get, use the Husky string. It's far far better than any other string I've used. Cut's better and lasts much longer.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 29, 2014 - 02:20pm PT
Maybe you should sell me the old Husky :) I've been seeing more and more reviews slamming the build quality on Husqvarna equipment. I have a husky saw and think it's dandy, but am leaning toward Stihl or Echo for the trimmer. I can't afford it really but as they say, you can't afford cheap tools.

Yes, it's probably moderate duty -- heavy grass and weeds, about 2-2.5 acres total clearing per year. I scythe most of that. I do also have about 5 acres of heavy brush and manzanita that I'd love to thin out.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 30, 2014 - 03:23pm PT
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=987
Big brush fire adjacent to homes in southern San Jose.
If anyone remembers the Mazzones boulders, it's on the southeast side of that ridge.
Besides Santa Clara county units, CalFire is dispatching engines from all over Santa Cruz county and southern San Mateo county.
They're calling engines for structure protection.

My local Saratoga Summit crew (2 wildland engines and a 3000 gallon tanker) has gone to the Curie fire. An engine from Pescadero is being moved up to cover for them.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 30, 2014 - 03:30pm PT
My newest Husky is an arborist's saw from 2007. It's been fine. It has a plastic cover over the spark plug which got cracked in use. I replaced it for about $10.
Otherwise no trouble.
That's a very useful saw. I probably put more hours on it than my other two saws combined.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2014 - 06:44am PT
The Curie fire above the Santa Teresa neighborhood in San Jose is 125 acres and 75% contained.


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HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 1, 2014 - 05:47pm PT
Curie fire was 100% contained by the time I went to bed.

New much more dangerous fire in NE Napa County
[quote]http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=988[/quote]
It's gone from 400 to 1000 acres in a few hours.

There are a few SuperTopoeans from Napa County.
One I know from Angwin about 5 miles of open land S of this fire.
This image was at 5:30 PM today
Credit: HighTraverse

Angwin in lower right corner
Mt Saint Helena in upper left just under the MODIS info
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2014 - 06:50pm PT
Just got home and saw the Butts fire... 2,500 acres in just 5 hours. Now 30% contained. Holy cow!

Hundreds of homes threatened and mandatory evacs in place.


Irony: "There are reports that a weed whacker may have started the fire but Cal Fire is investigating." (ABC news)


And I went with a Stihl FS 240. A real beast.


Edit: First the Rim Fire, now the Butt Fire. Somebody needs to rethink this naming thing.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2014 - 06:57am PT
ButtS fire. Sorry.

Now at 3,200 acres, still 30% contained. 5 structures burned. There are 1,000 fire firefighters battling this!

This is just north of where H just moved. Anyone else live in this area?

A map with basic MODIS data can be found here: http://bit.ly/1sVbHJh
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 2, 2014 - 09:32am PT
yeah, the names
Rim (of the world)
Butts (road)

looks as if Butts Fire is moving NE away from towns/villages. Just a very few ranches are in it's path. So far

Our local CalFire chief was at our firesafe council meeting last night.
They're really not looking forward to July 4th with the extremely low fuel moisture.

Cal Fire, CHP, State Park and Regional Open Space LEOs are going to be all over the SCruz mtns starting about 3 PM. They've already marked for 4th of July closure dozens of roadside turnouts along the county roads going up to Skyline Ridge (such as Page Mill Rd)

If you're coming up this way for the great fireworks views......you know what to do and not do.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jul 2, 2014 - 10:11am PT
We once name a fire the "Amplifire".. It went to "eleven" acres..;-)
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:20pm PT
Thought I would post my neighborhood fire from the Idaho Owyhee Desert Fire-ecosystem. It is the second of the year within a mile of where we live.

Another close call with a fire on the west-side of the Snake River this evening. A neighbor called about 5:30PM with the news, then I took these photos over the next two hours.

The fire is now under control, thanks to the efforts of our Choss Creek & Bliss firecrews, and some BLM folks. To my surprise, no air resources were employed.

However, the boldness of our firefighters stopped the fire. Great job folks. We really like and respect what you do! Thank you!

The fire when I first looked at it.  A front was blowing by, and altho...
The fire when I first looked at it. A front was blowing by, and although temps were in the high 90's F, winds were gusting 15 to 25 MPH. I really thougt it would explode up the hillside. Bear in mind, the 300' wide Snake River is between me & the fire.
Credit: Fritz

The winds shift to driving it north, but the wind angle changed freque...
The winds shift to driving it north, but the wind angle changed frequently, and likely saved te day.
Credit: Fritz

The 1st fire truck on te scene drove up a narrow road above the Snake ...
The 1st fire truck on te scene drove up a narrow road above the Snake River, and right by the fire, which was moving uphill a few feet away. Gutsy. I didn't think they fought fire that way anymore.
Credit: Fritz

The Choss Creek Rural Fire Dept. responded with 2 tanker trucks, but B...
The Choss Creek Rural Fire Dept. responded with 2 tanker trucks, but BLM crews were also there, and likely Rural Fire Depts from other nearby towns.
Credit: Fritz

The fire kept burning north, but the fire trucks were gathering at a c...
The fire kept burning north, but the fire trucks were gathering at a choke point.
Credit: Fritz

Fie Trucks on a hill at a gravel pit.  They also had hose-crews out in...
Fie Trucks on a hill at a gravel pit. They also had hose-crews out in front, wetting down the vegetation.
Credit: Fritz

Hose-crew at center-left fighting fire from in front of it.  I didn't ...
Hose-crew at center-left fighting fire from in front of it. I didn't think this happened anymore? Due to low winds, and low vegetatiion, it worked just fine.
Credit: Fritz

The fire is pretty much out now with a swarm of fire crews working to mop it up.

Just another day in a fire eco-system.

A single-engine aerial tanker is now flying around the fire looking for a place to drop a load of fire retardant. The fire is all but out, and the winds have dropped from 15-20 mph to near calm, although the temps are still at about 100 F.

I guess the pilot needs some Federal money for his fire-fighting efforts.

I am impressed! The fire crews fought the fire like in the good old days of the late 1960's, when I put myself through college working summers for Forest Service Fire Crews.

apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:27pm PT
There's a fire in the San Jacinto wilderness (near Idyllwild) that started yesterday...called the 'Cornell Peak' fire....apparently started by a lost hiker, who started a 'signal fire'...
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Jul 2, 2014 - 08:51pm PT
Yes the Butts fire looks still to be only 30 pct contained.
And meanwhile,


Sebastopol, Ca.
Sebastopol, Ca.
Credit: JOEY.F

Under smokey skies in almost as dry Sonoma County the vets are still selling.
Just do not understand this...
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2014 - 09:20pm PT
Joey, you should chuck a match in that mess.


The vast majority of the public has no clue as to how serious this is. Granted, most of them live in places that have more concrete than vegetation, so I guess it's understandable.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 3, 2014 - 10:23am PT
Our CalFire district chief was very unhappy that Gilroy and Watsonville both still allow "safe and sane" fireworks (oxymoron anyone?)
Both towns, especially Gilroy have dry grassy hills and forests coming to the edge of town.
Brilliant!

We'll be in SF for the day and evening watching fireworks over the Bay with friends. Hope my place is still intact when we get home.

Butts fire now 4300 acres and still only 30% contained. Notice the great leap to the North due to spotting. Something like 1/2 mile.
Looks as if it's cooling off.
Credit: HighTraverse

clarification: "contained" in CalFire speak means a fire line all the way around a fire. Sometimes containment isn't reached until the fire is mostly burnt out.
It's not "out" until there are no, none, zero, zilch "smokes". The Rim fire was still not out last year two weeks after it was 100% contained.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2014 - 08:47pm PT
Way too many incidents in California headed into Fireworks weekend:

Banner Fire 150 acres / 15%
Butts Fire 4,300 acres / 45%
Gulch Fire 5 fires 900 acres
Colman Fire 7,500 acres / 15%
Ranch Fire 150 acres
Modoc Lightning Complex 1,800 acres / 20%


There are over 1700 fire personnel on the Butts fire alone.
bergbryce

climber
East Bay, CA
Jul 5, 2014 - 09:20pm PT
Driving back to the bay on 80 this evening.
Apologies for photo quality. The fire was easily visible from the freeway.
If the news reports last night of the half dozen plus small conflagrations are any indication, it's going to be a long summer.
Just north of 505/80 junction, July 5, 2014.
Just north of 505/80 junction, July 5, 2014.
Credit: bergbryce

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 5, 2014 - 10:15pm PT
looks like the Berryessa fire. Really irritates the lungs.



small one up on 108

http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/214741/fire-stanislaus-national-forest-2-2.html
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