The Rocky Mountain Research Station released its Fourmile Canyon Fire report, requested by Senator Udall of Colorado. The Report confirms that:
1) A home’s fate depends upon fuel in its immediate surroundings and construction materials;
2) Fuel treatments, especially those that leave fine fuels untreated, are ineffective protection against wildfires that threaten homes, i.e., windy, dry conditions; and,
3) Fire suppression resources are easily overwhelmed precisely when Fire-Unwise homes need them the most.
The report took a special look at aerial attack, finding that the great preponderance of retardant was dropped after the fire had already stopped advancing.