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FIRE & AIRBOATER

Post by Whitebear » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:13 pm

Several years back there used to be a thread and a post that showed an airboat putting out a marsh fire by running through it and spinning on the fire and blowing it out.

Anybody remember the thread or post? I'm not even positive it was resident here, it may have been on You Tube or a News Article. Just been too long to remember the details. Anyone find it please post up the link. :thumbleft:
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Post by :) » Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:58 pm

I remember it. I was just taking to someone about that
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Post by :) » Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:01 pm

14 ft Combee. 4 seater, BPE 383 sb chevy, 2.09 stinger, 3 blade ww stump puller.
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Post by dougeey » Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:17 pm

I have done this in the 80's you have to flatten the grass be for it burns then run it over if done before flatting you will get burning grass in you boat . Doug

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Post by Whitebear » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:43 pm

Thats the one ! Gerald's thread about fire close to the camp and asking for help made me think of it in case others had not seen it and didn't know how its done.
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Post by :) » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:42 pm

I understand Gerald's position with protecting his camp but that aside, don't some of that need to burn from time to time?
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Post by Whitebear » Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:37 pm

Damn if I know, I'm up here in Brevard. :lol:
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Post by MYDIXIEWRECKED » Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:04 am

I'm here to tell you from experience, you need to be aware of the fact that if it is a good size fire (WHERE I LEARNED MY LESSON) there will not be enough oxygen for your boat to run directly on top of the flames! I thought I was gonna be "THE MAN" and roll up with my badarse Waterthunder powered fire breathing beast and blow the Sheit out of the fire. Well, let me tell you the surprise when the motor choked down and almost shut off when I spun the boat backwards up into the fire!!!! OH SHEIT MOMENT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! After a second or two that seemed like 5 minutes, she picked back up some oxygen and I blasted out of there... Had to figure out a different method! lol This is good information...FO SHO I got some video around somewhere of that night.
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Post by Whitebear » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:18 am

MYDIXIEWRECKED wrote:I'm here to tell you from experience, you need to be aware of the fact that if it is a good size fire (WHERE I LEARNED MY LESSON) there will not be enough oxygen for your boat to run directly on top of the flames! I thought I was gonna be "THE MAN" and roll up with my badarse Waterthunder powered fire breathing beast and blow the Sheit out of the fire. Well, let me tell you the surprise when the motor choked down and almost shut off when I spun the boat backwards up into the fire!!!! OH SHEIT MOMENT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! After a second or two that seemed like 5 minutes, she picked back up some oxygen and I blasted out of there... Had to figure out a different method! lol This is good information...FO SHO I got some video around somewhere of that night.
WOW ! You might want to post this again under Airboat Safety then. YIKES ! :thumbleft:
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Post by jopete » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:34 am

he made it look easy!!
we burn out marsh every few years as per the landowner. i have been known to do just the opposite of what that guy did. lol

we burnt up a nice airboat 5 or 6 years ago in the marsh, we got to the boat in time, but he left his battery switch on and had dead batteries and we had to let nature take it's course. it melted a few things, but didn't burn up. them marsh fires move along pretty quick, especially if there is some wind.

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Post by Sniper » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:41 am

all this fire fighting talk made me think and I just rigging up a pump and hose in my boat
where I can spray water on the fire, I'm the only SAR Airboat in the whole state so if we have a fire in or around the marsh or rivers here the Fire department has no way to get to it other than with a fire fighting plane or helo
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Post by Muddyduck » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:14 pm

4 moons had a small honda pump for the camp that filled holding tank and then to garden hose that helped when fire got close. Mashing the grass and getting it wet before the fire gets there helps alot. As far as pump on the boat would probably work well where you run Sniper, but hard to pick up water in the glades unless your are in the middle of a trail.
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Post by scottymartin » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:04 pm

Blackwater. :salute:

I was kinda watching you and Gerald run around... You boys pushed the limits !

A little pump like I have, wouldn't have done much... in order to pump water, you have to have water.
It was skinny back there !

Just glade you guys got out.

...and, yes, it is sticky !!!

Thanks for pulling us out.

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Post by newoldglory » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:16 pm

This time I waited until Blackwater got back before going in. (I don't always wait). The video that y'all saw was in short grass and was not of much danger because it was along the open sloughs. This fire was in grass 14/16 feet tall and was well away from good water. It's very dangerous and I do not recommend any one trying it for fun. Yes, when the prop pulls in the hot air from the flames, there is not enough oxygen left from the fire to run the engine so the engine stops for a second or so and so does you're heart. On the other hand, the adrenaline kicks in and if you had to, you could push the boat out by you're self. Charging head on into a blazing inferno is like flying a wet kite in a thunder storm or taking a dose of poison that you know will probably kill you. It's a challenge that once you've done it, you WILL do it again. :slap: :violent1:
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