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I was cutting some firewood in an area where there had been some thinning done. There were hundreds of brush piles. All of them had a sheet of black plastic thrown over the top of them with a bit more brush on top of that apparently to keep the plastic on. What gives? The plastic didn't seem big enough to keep any of the brush pile dry.
 
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Usually thats roofing paper, all it needs to do is keep enough dry for a road flare to catch it, once it on fire that crap burns like nobodies business...
 

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Yep Gunner correct. All the brush pile needs is a point that will ignite. The guys I know will some times take crap grass straw with them and they stuff a wad of it in under the tarped area and hit it with a propane torch. In a couple min the whole pile is alight.
 
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Yep Gunner correct. All the brush pile needs is a point that will ignite. The guys I know will some times take crap grass straw with them and they stuff a wad of it in under the tarped area and hit it with a propane torch. In a couple min the whole pile is alight.

The diesel-blowing fans are pretty helpful in that area!
 
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I don't know enough about this but it would seem that if they decided to burn these brush piles they would be setting themselves up for a big forest fire. The area was thinned but there was still plenty of trees and fuel on the ground.
 

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Slash burn have been going on for maybe 100+ years and since they typically do it in the wet season the chances of starting a forest fire in the middle of a clear cut is pretty slim.
 
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Slash burn have been going on for maybe 100+ years and since they typically do it in the wet season the chances of starting a forest fire in the middle of a clear cut is pretty slim.

I wasn't in a clear cut area. Would be a little hard to get decent firewod in that type of area. As mentioned it was a thinned area but still had probably 6-8 trees per 20'x20' square.
 
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