Wildfires: Clear fuel from hilltop and remote area communications towers

Etienne-Victor Depasquale edepa at ieee.org
Sat Sep 12 07:31:31 UTC 2020

Don, your answer to Eric's valid point is open to broad interpretation -
what is your point, exactly?

On Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 3:24 AM Don Gould <don at bowenvale.co.nz> wrote:

> Eric they have the same issues in Australia.   You might want to join
> aunog, if you haven't already, I'm sure you'll find endorsement for these
> issues.
> Fuel management is a problem. Finding the right balance between management
> and ecological issues is political and complex with many vested interests
> driving the narrative.
> D
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: Eric Kuhnke <eric.kuhnke at gmail.com>
> Date: 12/09/20 10:14 am (GMT+12:00)
> To: "nanog at nanog.org list" <nanog at nanog.org>
> Subject: Wildfires: Clear fuel from hilltop and remote area communications
> towers
> Over the past week I think I've seen about 20 to 30 photos of burnt out
> communications sites in Oregon and California.
> Due to the often remote and unstaffed nature of many of these sites,
> there's a natural tendency for brush, shrubs, grass and small trees to grow
> close to the tower compounds on many hilltop sites.
> Many of these sites also support emergency communications services.
> In the subject line I'm using "fuel" as defined by firefighters, not
> literally meaning petroleum fuels, but anything flammable.
> In some places there are ecological or political concerns with maintaining
> a cleared perimeter around telecom tower sites. This might be a time to
> re-visit the logical purpose of some of these policies, if allowing fuel to
> grow right up to the tower and telecom equipment shelters greatly increases
> the likelihood of the whole thing going up in flames.

Ing. Etienne-Victor Depasquale
Assistant Lecturer
Department of Communications & Computer Engineering
Faculty of Information & Communication Technology
University of Malta
Web. https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/etiennedepasquale
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