Monument Fire demonstrates a new type of behavior

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 Glenn Minuth is a geomorphologist/geographer/cartographer by training and a part-time instructor in the Center for Life Long Learning, Cochise College who offers fire ecology, geology, ecology, climate and meteorological lectures and field trips in the local mountains as well as for regional nature conferences.


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Dumb Herb on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 3:15am

That’s a lot of words to describe what common sense will tell you happens when fire gets into an area with a high concentration of really dry mixed density fuels on a really hot dry summer day with directional winds blowing at really high velocity convecting lots of super heated gases on uneven terrain.

bubba on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 7:26am
Title: Great Article

Well written article. Good information for those not familiar with fire behavior and fire ecology. Will be interesting to read the second article.

BeachBum2U on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 2:06pm

gotta say, it was very scarey and though I felt the intensity of the smoke plumes compared to the day I seen Mt. St. Helens blow.. I could not put my finger on why different scenarios of this fire put fear in me I’ve never had before, it was all to do with these "blow outs" probably the wildest thing I’ve ever seen and one does feel defenseless when you have no way to battle it, just very numbing experience. I remember how intense the center of these smoke plumed that rolled across the highway had swirling red embers embedded in gray, black and white smoke.. it was truly an amazing site that I do hope to never see again in my life!

WW2 Marine Veteran on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 2:22pm

This is a well-written article explaining something new to me.  A lot of detail to help the average person understand this type of fire.


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