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Offline Dave In Odessa

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Wildfire's at Alafia?
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:44:10 AM »
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/nov/09/alafia-blaze-under-control-phosphate-pits-challeng/news-breaking/

Alafia blaze under control, but phosphate pits challenge firefighters
TBO.com                                                       Published: November 9, 2009                                             Firefighters have contained a brush fire in the Alafia River area, even though they were stymied by the reclaimed phosphate mine landscape of steep hills and deep gullies.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and Florida Division of Forestry firefighters remain on the scene this morning. On Sunday, the fire torched more than 500 acres of difficult-to-access terrain in the Alafia River State Park.
"There were two separate fires about a half-mile apart, all in the state park area," Fire Rescue spokesman Ray Yeakley said this morning. "It is 100 percent contained right now, though there will still be some smoldering."
Efforts were hampered by the deep phosphate pits left by a mine that operated in the area years ago.
"The reclaimed land has unique topography that offers some of the most radical elevation changes in Florida," said a fire rescue news release issued Sunday night.
No structures were in danger and overnight campers were not in harm's way, Yeakley said. No one was injured.
Rainy weather approaching the Tampa Bay area, expected today and Tuesday, will help douse the hot spots, he said.
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Re: Wildfire's at Alafia?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2009, 12:46:49 PM »
I wonder where this was at, and if any of the trails were damaged.
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Re: Wildfire's at Alafia?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009, 01:06:41 PM »
My guess would be that it wasn't near the trail system, since the article stated that no campers were in harms way.  I think anything close to the trails would be considered a threat to campers.  Just my opinion.  I am sure someone will elaborate soon.
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Re: Wildfire's at Alafia?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2009, 04:05:18 PM »
Could be a blessing in disguise since all the underbrush will be cleared out. Couple of months and it will be green again.

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Re: Wildfire's at Alafia?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2009, 04:14:47 PM »
Might be a good time to go in there and lay out some new trail! ;D
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Re: Wildfire's at Alafia?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2009, 05:02:25 PM »
illegal trail modifications!!!
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Re: Wildfire's at Alafia?
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2009, 12:09:23 AM »
the fires were on the other side of the river, nowhere near the trails

 

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