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Thu Sep 2, 2021, 07:52 PM

Lake Tahoe ski resort uses snow-making machines to fight wildfire . . .

Staff defending building and equipment turned to repurposed water cannons as huge Caldor fire approached

As the flames of California’s Caldor fire approached a popular Lake Tahoe-area ski resort, staff used every tool they could to protect the property, including snowmaking equipment.

Staff at Sierra-at-Tahoe spent days preparing to defend the 2,000-acre resort west of South Lake Tahoe from the huge wildfire, which has rapidly advanced through the region. Before the blaze burned on to the property Sunday evening, they had created defensible space around buildings, sealed air ducts to keep out embers and repurposed water hydrants, normally used to make snow, to douse buildings in water, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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(Resort Manager John) Rice used those hydrants to spray the buildings as flames from spot fires bore down on the resort on Sunday evening, before pushing further into the Lake Tahoe Basin on Monday. Fire crews later used those snow-making machines to douse the ground. Meanwhile, firefighters nearby used ski lifts at one resort to travel up the mountain to fight the blaze, SFGate reported.

Rice told the Chronicle that he credited the firefighting efforts with helping to save the ski resort from major damage.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/31/lake-tahoe-ski-resort-uses-snow-making-machines-to-fight-wildfire

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Response to Journeyman (Original post)

Thu Sep 2, 2021, 07:55 PM

1. That's a very clever way to fight the fires. Kudos to whoever thought of it. n/t

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Response to Journeyman (Original post)

Thu Sep 2, 2021, 08:14 PM

2. That could be a template to fighting fires. . ..

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Response to Lovie777 (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 2, 2021, 09:08 PM

4. Takes alot of plumbing

That snow making equipment takes alot of plumbing to support them. Short of building out infrastructure in the forests, I don't see it getting used in too many places.

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Response to Journeyman (Original post)

Thu Sep 2, 2021, 08:22 PM

3. Excellent Idea.

Thinking outside the box.

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Thu Sep 2, 2021, 09:38 PM

5. Smart. Good on them. nt

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Response to Journeyman (Original post)

Thu Sep 2, 2021, 10:00 PM

6. I got married in Lake Tahoe on a ski trip. I love that area.

This fire is really hitting me where it hurts, although I'm now far away.

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