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Thread #162921 Message #3882313
Posted By: GUEST,.gargoyle
14-Oct-17 - 09:35 PM
Thread Name: Wildfire at California's Camp New Harmony Oct 2017
Subject: RE: Wildfire at California's Camp New Harmony Oct 2017
Sorry to read about the loss.
The Ponil Complex Fire in North Eastern New Mexico started on June 2, 2002 and burned until June 17. The burn zone covered 92,000 acres (370 km).
The main backwoods historic cabins were wrapped in an insulated, reflective material, French Henry is the home of the Aztec Ponil Mine...the main Ponil log cabins were also wrapped (imagine a giant roll four feet tall that is handled by two people, much like wrapping a shipping pallet.
The wraps are similar to ones firefighters use for personal safety on the job, though they're thicker and the Forest Service says they're not exactly fireproof. These wraps are straightforward to apply?essentially you use staples and special tape to hold it fast against the building, so the high winds of a wildfire don't blow it off?and appear to have the potential to keep the structures intact. It's not cheap: Wrapping a single cabin costs nearly $1,200 of the stuff, and it takes six to seven hours to secure to a building.
The photos of the NM buildings I knew VERY well...all survived.
I am rather shocked that most "camp" organizations are not using the product...it saved several log-cabin structure 15 years ago in NM.