December 14, 2017 at 2:45 PM #808772spdrunParticipant
Many rural systems only have a pressure tank, not the main tank.December 14, 2017 at 3:36 PM #808773FlyerInHiGuest
You can see them on Google maps. Here is one of them: Mostly inground for Carmel Valley
Thanks. Very interesting. I didn’t know that. But then engineering is not my forte.December 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM #808839CA renterParticipant
[quote=ucodegen][quote=spdrun]I’m aware. I’m also aware that typical pressure tanks only have 50-100 gal capacity, some of which can’t be used once the pump stops due to pressure drop in the tank as water is used.[/quote]
True, but there is also the main storage tank which is often as large as 500gal or more. Add a gas powered pump and you have a reasonable ability to deal with some of the brush fires. Fire trucks carry around 250 to 500 gal of water on board. Water trucks from the fire department carry more.
On a related note: I have been watching the growth of the Thomas Fire. I have relatives in the middle of it. I am really surprised at its spread. The fire even doubled back on itself, which makes me wonder what is going on. Fire does not like to burn or ‘re-burn’ over area that it has already burned. Fire started at Santa Paula and headed west.. then about 5 days into it, reversed direction going back through Santa Paula… here is the fire map for the still burning Thomas Fire.
You probably know this already since it’s been a week since you’ve posted, but I checked into this a bit, and the reason the fire appeared to double back was due to a shift in the winds. Oftentimes, the fire might just burn one side of a hill, etc., leaving fuel on the other side, or there will be patches of unburned fuel left behind after a fire has passed through. This is what might make it appear as though the fire is burning over an already burned-out area.
The winds up there have been incredibly strong at various times since the fire started. We also have family and friends up there, and they’ve had to evacuate multiple times. We need rain!
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