WowUgh. Starting tomorrow the winds are expected to shift to the south southwest. That means that the massive smoke cloud will be blowing toward us off the Pacific. It will be a real test for the hvac and the Merv 14 filter I put in. This is what is sitting off the west coast right now.
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I am a big proponent of "experience leads to action". In your corner of Maine the top natural danger is "ice or wind damage resulting in tree fall". You are doing right by your actions.This is truly a nightmare. My wife and I have been slowly but steadily pushing the forest boundary back from our house after seeing what is happening out west.
From the folks I have spoke to & heard speak about it, there has been a lot of mismanagement of the forests as far as allowable logging, fire prevention clean up & development out west. That being said extremely dry & windy conditions are often too much for even the best efforts of management. I am sure there are differing opinions on the issue especially from those out West. Hopefully some of those folks will chime in & offer their thoughts.Our biggest fire danger here is a runaway brush fire in march started by some innocent starting a "controlled burn" - usually when the conditions are dry, 30 mph winds and maximized amount of dry grass. They are usually easily controlled at some point, given enough equipment and manpower. A typical homeowner has none of the right eq. on hand so would then call in reinforcements, usually on a local level, using volunteers and tax resources to finish out their day. I thought it was kind of comical how this year with covid scaring the begeebies out of everyone that feb, march and april saw almost zero brush fires here. Pulling resources to mend an out of control brush fire may have seemed unreasonable at the time, finally.
Is there a legitamate "controlled fire" season out west? Is there too much development to manage fuel sources in a reasonable way? I remember driving by an area in the bighorn mnts. On one side the wooded area was cleaned of debris, and seemed reasonably safe from fire hazard. The other, national park side, was a complete messed up overload of trees down, extremely dry brush laying, all set and ready to go up in flames at the touch of a spark.
Our western red cedar-clad house is located next to a national forest.This is truly a nightmare. My wife and I have been slowly but steadily pushing the forest boundary back from our house after seeing what is happening out west.
Yes, this appears to be the new normal, yet it's anything but normal. There are stations around Medford OR that are recording levels 3 times worse than in Seattle, which just gained the dubious distinction of having the worst air quality in the world for major cities today. Medford is too small, but the air is so bad today that it competes with Dehli and Beijing on a bad winter day.I've lived in the Puget Sound region my whole life (42 years) and for the first 37 of those, I can't recall any instances of significant wildfire smoke in the area. But now, we've had bad smoke events in 3 out of the last 5 summers. Something to think about.