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Fri Aug 09 2019, 12:58AM Email Thread Print View
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When I retired, San Bernardino County Fire was starting to use Thermo Gel. My department did not have it. The extent of my knowledge on gel was what I learned from reps at the annual trade show. Having lost a home to the Panorama Fire (I was a teenager), I know it’s a miserable situation. My Dad who is also a retired firefighter was off duty that day but fought to save our house by ripping off the shake shingles as they caught fire. He couldn’t keep up and as he drove away to go to work he saw our house burning. If gel had existed in those days, he would have used it in a heartbeat. The question for mountain dwellers is whether you have time to apply it and still get safely off the hill. That depends on a number of variables. Here’s an old Facebook post about SBCO gel task force. If the link gets deleted, do a search for San Bernardino County Fire gel task force. [Click Here]
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I have several gallons of home Phos-Chek with a backpack sprayer, just in case. We keep our home cleared of the "usual" brush, needles, branches, etc. If I even think that there is a chance that we will have to evacuate, I will use the Phos-Chek and get off the hill. We are not ones to stick it out, although I do not fault anyone that feels that they must.

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it!
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Also remember that houses routinely burn from the inside out- even in wildfires. Are your eaves boxed? are your vents covered in fine screen or do they have a solid cover that can be easily placed? What kind of window coverings do you have? Heat radiating through windows can catch interior possessions on fire.
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All four vents have screens and eves are boxed with fascia board. Windows are standard.

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it!
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If you have time when evacuating, remove window coverings. Curtains can ignite from exterior heat during a fire. Close doggie doors. Embers can enter the house through them.

I was told to do whatever may assist firefighters. Store away umbrellas and lawn chairs. Fasten down trash cans (in Baldwin Lake, mine have gone airborne in windy conditions - maybe 100 feet into the air and landed a block away). Leave outdoor lights on. Put up a ladder so they can more quickly reach the roof.
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Aug 23 : 09:33pm
Hey SCM. 3 car rule in Idaho but rarely does anyone pull in the slow vehicle pullout lane area

Aug 23 : 07:55pm
Hey Mr Owl!

Benny ⭐
Aug 23 : 07:39pm
Yeah they've even put signs up along hwy 38, 5 or more cars to pull over. Haven't noticed them on 330, and it doesn't seem like they do any good anyway.

Aug 23 : 07:25pm
Thanks for informing me!

Aug 23 : 06:36pm
I’ve been driving UTH & DTH for 21 years. One of my pet peeve‘s is when people speed up at the passing lane… Dries me nuts! If you want to drive slow pull over! The main problem is the flatlanders they think they own the road and really they’re breaking the law, I’ve seen so many driving slow and refusingi to pull over . I believe if you have five cars behind you you were supposed to pull over but this is absolutely ignored all the time. Drives me nuts

Aug 23 : 06:22pm
I think there are lots of reasons people might drive a bit slow on the 330. Unfamiliarity, vacation mode, retiree mode and/or just enjoying the view. I think I drive on the slower side because I have a dog that gets car sick and I don't like to feel like I am working hard at driving (if that makes sense). I use the turnouts unless I'm in the middle of a pack and I'm keeping up with the guy in front of me. Even then, if somebody's on my bumper I'll use a turnout. I don't have to do the drive every day so maybe it's easier for me to be relaxed about it.

Aug 23 : 03:29pm
Quakes, we usually have 2-3 military helicopters fly through every day up over Big Bear, in addition to the weekly Osprey flyovers. Not to mention the daily tour chopper(s), Mercy Air(H285), etc. The military uses our area as training grounds, which is similar terrain to Afghanistan.

Aug 23 : 02:11pm
I drive slow partially because coming around a blind turn, you never know when there maybe a bolder in the road. isn't it easy just to slow down?

Aug 23 : 02:06pm
Quakes...there are usually 3 or 2 military helicopters about every 2-3 weeks....nothing to worry about...I am in your area so they are the norm.

Aug 23 : 01:47pm
Dream, you are one of the few that actually slow down when in the right passing lane. Usually most will speed up to prevent anyone from passing them, they seem to have a mentality of "I have to be in the lead". I have always thought that it should be: Lead, follow or get out of the way. Thanks for being courteous, wish more people were like that.

Aug 23 : 01:27pm
Driving slow and safe through the curves would be ok if they did not fly through the passing lanes. When towing our boat, I actually slow down when I get to the passing lanes so no one has to risk a speeding ticket to pass me.
Just comes down to being courteous.

wade easton
Aug 23 : 01:18pm
At least on the 18 from Waterman there are 2 lanes and I can pass the vertically challenged. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't alone. I refuse to come up the 330 on Friday afternoons.

Benny ⭐
Aug 23 : 11:48am

Aug 23 : 11:44am
3 helicopters in a row just flew over my house. They appeared to be military helicopters.

Airport Razz
Aug 23 : 11:39am
Really, after 10 years up and down you have to question why DTH dad is driving like either great grandpa or mario andrette?? Wife yelling at him, kids throwing up, and looking at the cliff he is going to drive off in the next 30 seconds. that is why we call them FlatLanders........OOPS.....Vertica lly Challenged to be PC

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