"Usually the type of equipment carried using this type of markings would be for signal flare guns carried on the vehicle for the purpose of creating a burnout/backfire situation in support of fire suppression measures during a wildland fire. They are not carried on vehicles all the time, only in areas where there is remote conditions and normal ground operations would not be feasible."
Herzog Railroad Services —has been transporting firefighters and equipment to an area where the Sheep Creek fire has be taunting the settlement of Essex, railroad support infrastructure, and the World Class Izaak Walton Inn, home of Great Northern 441 motel.
"Rocky, " the Great Northern Goat, traces his family tree back to this area of Montana!
Trains magazine contributor, who helped me sort out what I could not find out from BNSF.
"Hey Robert, Here's what I know: They are running trains when it is safe to do so, including Amtrak. On Thursday and Friday that meant they would run late at night and early in the morning until the fire flared up in the afternoon then they would shut it down again.
Also, one track has been reserved exclusively for fire work (fire train, work train, hi-rails etc.). Haven't heard that bit about them holding oil trains, what I can say from my own observations is that they are still running empty oil trains east. Saw two within an hour at West Glacier yesterday. Hope this helps, Justin"
In addition to announcing the lifting of the modified evacuation order of Essex, the Monday mornings situation report included:
1. The re-opening of US Route 2 and resumption of train travel.
"U.S. Route 2 reopened at 6 a.m. today, (Monday)with pilot cars escorting traffic between mileposts 176.5 at Schellinger and 185 at Bear Creek. Escorted vehicles are not allowed to stop in this area. BNSF trains and Amtrak are running intermittently."(from "Daily Fact Sheet)
2. Construction of shaded fuelbreaks.
A "Shaded Fuelbreak" is defined as "A strip of land where trees, brush, dead branches, or downed logs have been cleared to slow the advance of a fire."
Shaded Fuelbreaks, and here be a demonstration of a Feller-Buncher creating a fuel break. Interestingly, timber harvested from a shaded fuel break is often sold — "Waste not; want not."
3. Structural protection measures.
This can be as basic as physically removing combustible material away from structures, protecting structures with fire streams, applying an aquas film forming foam, such as Aquas Film Forming Foams (AFFF.) Smothering foams have been around since the early 1900's.
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