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Our resident Angry Forestry Expert says the following:

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Also a bit of trivia for you dimwitted - redwoods do not burn either.

The implication is that redwoods do not burn because eucalypts do not burn as per the article.

However, this statement deserves the added, "If you're pathetic enough to believe the pathetic article you linked to..." because eucalypts are highly flammable and in Australia are called "gasoline trees"and "can turn a small ground fire into a terrifying, explosive firestorm in a matter of minutes."

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Like many plants native to fire-prone regions, eucalyptus trees (aka gum trees in Australia) are adapted to survive — or even thrive — in a wildfire.

Fallen eucalyptus leaves create dense carpets of flammable material, and the trees' bark peels off in long streamers that drop to the ground, providing additional fuel that draws ground fires up into the leaves, creating massive, fast-spreading "crown fires" in the upper story of eucalyptus forests.

Additionally, the eucalyptus oil that gives the trees their characteristic spicy fragrance is a flammable oil: This oil, combined with leaf litter and peeling bark during periods of dry, windy weather, can turn a small ground fire into a terrifying, explosive firestorm in a matter of minutes.

That's why eucalyptus trees — especially the blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) that are common throughout New South Wales — are sometimes referred to wryly as "gasoline trees."



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The threat posed by eucalyptus groves spreading beyond Australia was highlighted in 1991, when a wildfire torched the hills surrounding Oakland, Calif. That conflagration killed 25 people and obliterated more than 3,000 homes, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and was blamed primarily on the thousands of eucalyptus trees found throughout the Oakland Hills.

[www.livescience.com]

Angry Little Ant does stupid again.



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Californian Wildfires That Don't Burn Trees 1587 Barbelo 16-Nov-18 00:56
Mod Note > Topic Moved 168 Dr. Troglodyte 16-Nov-18 01:16
Re: Californian Wildfires That Don't Burn Trees 227 Race Jackson 16-Nov-18 01:56
Debunk chemtrails next. 168 Raja 22-Nov-18 21:14
Re: Californian Wildfires That Don't Burn Trees 221 Audrey 16-Nov-18 02:51
Re: Californian Wildfires That Don't Burn Trees 224 Thanos5150 16-Nov-18 04:14
Who Is Dimwitted? 225 Barbelo 16-Nov-18 20:49
Re: Californian Wildfires That Don't Burn Trees 188 Lost_In_Place 22-Nov-18 17:59
" Did you see lava " 182 Raja 22-Nov-18 21:07
Re: " Did you see lava " 270 Lost_In_Place 23-Nov-18 02:51


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