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Sat Apr 19, 2014, 06:47 PM

BREAKING... Fontenelle Forest Bellevue, NE fire in progress (update photos)

The fire is in at least two areas. Drought conditions prevail in the area. One line of fire is over 150 yards wide. Trees and grass with high winds driving it to the north. Fire crews are having trouble reaching the area. We are watching the fire from our deck. We will post Marta's photos when time allows. The fire is about 100 yards to the east of us. There is a wetland between us and the fire. There are no homes in danger at this time that we know of.

Details to follow. The fire that we know of is at the bottom of the green area on the map moving up.

Moved to LBN.

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Reply BREAKING... Fontenelle Forest Bellevue, NE fire in progress (update photos) (Original post)
Omaha Steve Apr 2014 OP
Tsiyu Apr 2014 #1
Brickbat Apr 2014 #2
Omaha Steve Apr 2014 #3
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2014 #5
sweetapogee Apr 2014 #4
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2014 #6
Omaha Steve Apr 2014 #7
sweetapogee Apr 2014 #8

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 06:52 PM

1. Hope for no damage or harm



Scary stuff....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 07:45 PM

2. I can't think of the last time there was a fire there...when was it?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:22 PM

3. Photos Marta shot from our deck and back yard


The fire is still burning in several areas. We have the wetland and the railroad tracks for fire breaks between the flames and our home. More news when we have it.

Rain is expected tomorrow.

This area of the forest has been under a great amount of stress since an early October snow storm in 1997. Trees throughout the area suffered from the weight of snow on limbs still covered with leaves. A couple wind storms since then have made things worse.

Three years ago most of the area that burned today was under flood water for several months. Lots of dead wood to feed the fire. This may be a beneficial fire for the portion of the forest that burned.









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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:33 PM

5. I do hope Martha used a long lens

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:28 PM

4. I just got back

from working on a wildland fire. Do you want to hear all about it?

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Response to sweetapogee (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:34 PM

6. You stay safe, you hear?

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Response to sweetapogee (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 06:29 PM

7. Sure

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 09:01 PM

8. actually steve

It's really not that exciting. You go out and basically rake the world. Get really dirty, really tired, begin to think that the fire will never get put out. Finally it is out, you go home and take a nap. Then go to work at your regular paying job.

About half of the approx 100 FF deaths/year are wildfire related. So once in a while you find yourself in a bad spot and think why am I doing this? But the same thoughts will sometimes run through your mind when you are working a structure fire.

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