Using caution around smoldering stumps
Did you know that the inside of a tree can catch fire and continue to burn for many months after a forest fire has been extinguished? These smoldering stumps are another reminder of the dangers surrounding hazard tree removal in fire corridors and why continued caution is important.
The 2020 Labor Day fires were all deemed controlled by February 2021, meaning that the wildfires are extinguished within the fire perimeters and not expected to spread. Stumps and root systems throughout the fire areas, however, are still smoldering and could put out smoke or flames for several months.
The smoldering fire inside the tree – as seen in the image – will eventually hollow out the trunk and the connected root system. The burning roots can also cause hollow spots underground, presenting additional hazards to recovery crews.
While smoldering stumps are normal, fire staff closely monitor these “smokes” to make sure they stay put and don’t ignite any adjacent plants or brush.