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A Florida Forest Service helicopter dropped more than 76,500 gallons of water on the Allanton Fire.

due to dozers having difficulty working
in the heavy debris. That evening, March
31, the 2297 Allanton Fire was declared
50 percent contained.
In total, the Florida Forest Service
required 39 wildland firefighters, seven
wildland fire supervisors, 15 medium
Type II dozers, five heavy Type I dozers, one fixed-wing aircraft, one helicopter, 10 fire department Type VI engines
and 25 structural personnel to protect
homes in the community and contain
the wildfire. Even though the helicopter
made 255 bucket drops (76,500 gallons
of water), the Allanton Fire grew to 668
acres and took seven days to contain.
"Michael ravaged the forests in
the Panhandle and created an imminent wildfire threat" said Jim Karels,
State Forester and Director of the
Florida Forest Service. "I worry that
we could go from one catastrophic
event to another."
Given the same weather parameters at this time one year ago, before
Hurricane Michael, the 2297 Allanton Fire
would have been managed differently. A
single medium Type II dozer would have
been dispatched for a two-acre fire in the
Sandy Creek area. If the initial attack tractor required any assistance, an additional

unit would have been sent to contain the
fire within a few hours.
Now, with the extremely high fuel-loading conditions, the fire line construction
rate has greatly decreased while the rapid
spread of wildfire has increased. For example, in a moderate blow-down area with low,
dead fuel moisture, wind speeds of 10 mph
and 18-foot flame lengths, we can expect
the average fire to move 2-1/2 times faster

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than our quickest fire line construction rate.
The only way to compensate for this disparity is to increase the amount of specialized equipment to attack future wildfires.
While we anticipated suppression challenges due to the unprecedented volume of timber blown down by Hurricane
Michael, the Allanton Fire fully confirmed
what we are up against now and many
years to come. *



FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019

Executive Outlook
2019 Legislative Report
Forestry Day at the Capitol
Suppression Challenges in the Panhandle Confirmed
Timber Damage Further Quantified
Community Tree Recovery Program Regrows Panhandle Canopy
Project Learning Tree Brings the Forest to the Kids
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom
Forest Stewardship Program Builds on Partnership and COMMUNICATION
Snapshots
Noteworthy
Products & Services Showcase
Index of Advertisers
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - intro
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - cover1
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - cover2
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 3
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 4
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 5
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Executive Outlook
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 2019 Legislative Report
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 8
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 9
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Forestry Day at the Capitol
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 11
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Suppression Challenges in the Panhandle Confirmed
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 13
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Timber Damage Further Quantified
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 15
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Community Tree Recovery Program Regrows Panhandle Canopy
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 17
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Project Learning Tree Brings the Forest to the Kids
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Florida Agriculture in the Classroom
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 20
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Forest Stewardship Program Builds on Partnership and COMMUNICATION
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 22
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 23
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Snapshots
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Noteworthy
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Products & Services Showcase
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FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Index of Advertisers
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