California Wildfires: Preparation for massive fuel reduction operation

California is purchasing equipment in a wildfire fuel reduction effort to minimize fire intensity this coming summer.

Log chippers, mobile sawmills, portable incinerators, and other equipment has been purchased to remove some of the nearly 30 million trees that now stand dead across the state, killed by drought and insects.

The latest weather forecast modelling from the US National Interagency Coordination Center [NICC] provides the latest wildfire forecasts for June, July and August 2016.  

Significant Wildfire Potential Outlook - July 2016

Fuel reduction programs like this provide a critical first stage of wildfire risk management.
Fuel + Oxygen + Heat + Chain Reaction all form part of the Fire Tetrahedron.

In this definition of the Fire Tetrahedron, courtesy of the Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Fighters Association;

"The four elements are oxygen to sustain combustion, sufficient heat to raise the material to its ignition temperature, fuel or combustible material and subsequently an exothermic chemical chain reaction in the material. Each of the four sides of the fire tetrahedron symbolize the Fuel, Heat, Oxygen and Chemical Chain Reaction. Fire extinguishers put out a fire by taking away one or more elements of the fire tetrahedron."

Without large reserves of fuel, the risk of mega-fires firestorms will be significantly reduced.