Constructing Line Without a Safe Anchor Point
8. Constructing line without safe anchor point.
An anchor point is an advantageous location, usually a barrier to fire spread, from which to start constructing a fireline. This Watch Out depicts an engine crew working along the fire edge without a clear anchor point.
When deciding where to build fireline, the following considerations must be weighed:
- Can you hold the line? How do you do so and ensure your safety if there is a danger of the fire hooking under/around you?
- Are there adequate safety zones and escape routes? Review what constitutes an adequate safety zone and escape route. Who has the responsibility to designate them and monitor their continued suitability?
- Can you develop your starting point into an anchor point? List some effective anchor points. Describe how you would develop your starting point into an anchor point.
- Have you posted lookouts? Where should they be posted? Can they see the main fire? Describe the qualities of a skilled lookout?
- Do you have effective communications? Who do you need to be in contact with? If there are problems with communications, what can you do to improve them?
- To reduce risk, evaluate several locations before making a decision. Talk about fires where you have had to relocate the line because your anchor point did not hold the fire.
- How have you mitigated Watch Out Situation #8 in the past?
Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
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