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Subject: Parkland County on a gusty day rss

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Esteban Beltran
Punta Arenas, Chilean Patagonia
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At 4pm a call from a farmer and the alarm from Tower 7 (Tango 7) arrived together at the emergencies dispatch center of the forest service (CENCO in Spanish). “We have an R20 in Parkland next to Rapido River” the sexy voice of the announcer said in the radio.

Bravo 2 and Bravo 3 crews were dispatched immediately.
When the trucks arrived, the moisture content (MC) was around 14 and gentle south winds were affecting the area.

Second Crew Leader Pardo from Bravo 3 (3-2) stumbled across two drunk youngsters running down in the opposite way, without giving much attention to them due to the burden of the hoses, he kept laying them as fast as he could.

The Incident Commander didn't want to risk again being the dunce of the forest service (after his previous fire in the same area that went out of control) so he decided to overkill a little bit and sent 2 crews of Smokejumpers, Sierra 4 and Sierra 8. They landed flawlessly even with the wind, and started to build their lines immediately.

5pm and the MC drops and the wind increases, 9-1 of rate of spread.
The wind direction did not change fortunately so no heel fires and all the crews moved to surround the fire to proceed to extinction.

In nearly two hours, the firefighters extinguished completely the fire
The total Expenditures were lower than planned: 14K of 15K a good day!

Investigators found debris of an open barbecue in the shores of the river and cans of beer. It seems that the youngsters were partying and did not find a better solution than run when some embers flew over the dry grass.

14K spent, 1 Ha. Burned, many lives risked because of negligence.
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