Trees, FOPS, ROPS and OPS

by James Steele Overhead hazards from fire-weakened and burnt trees are major causes of accidents and fatalities in forest work, and on the fireline. Wildfire also burns out tree boles, weakens tree limbs and damages tree roots. Erratic winds, induced by fire and post-fire wind streams, shake snags and weakened roots of live trees like wiggling a loose tooth. Openings in the forest, such as roads, trails and continuous fuel breaks can channel air flow, accelerating and twisting wind as in a tunnel. Burnt, rattled snags and over-mature trees create a dangerously unstable forest canopy, potentially fatal to forest workers, …

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