Can someone please explain this to me?

Canada
September 6, 2011 6:21pm CST
Im watching the news now and they're talking about fires in Texas, USA. 1000 houses were burned to the ground . I looked at the video and you can see whats left of the houses.....nearly nothing, its all charred. Yet you look at the trees around the houses and they're ok . One guy could save his 2 flags and they're not burned either !!?!?! The same thing happened last summer here in Alberta. A whole town was ablaze and they wouldnt let the people go anywhere near their homes. Then when journalists were able to go on site, they showed nothing left of the houses or cars but all the trees around the houses were ok?!?!? How can that be? How can the trees not be burned to the ground when right next to it, the house is a pile of ashes and the car is blacken metal??
9 responses
@Amanda81587 (3043)
• United States
6 Sep 11
I am not sure you would think that the trees would catch as well. Maybe it is because the houses burn faster and easier. Maybe the house burned to the ground before it had a chance to get to the trees then went out. I have no clue just some suggestions.
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• Canada
8 Sep 11
How can you explain a whole town that had their houses burnt to the ground but not the trees around the houses? I dont get it, looks as if someone did set the houses on fire but not the trees. If a forest catches fire, all the trees will burn AND the houses nearby. What bugs me also is that in Alberta, they prevented the people to go near their houses, they blocked the whole town.....why?
• United States
8 Sep 11
I think they blocked the town because once it turns into a wild fire who knows where it is going next. Wild fires are really hard to keep tamed so they try to keep the people away so they do not get harmed.
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• Canada
26 Sep 11
Ive never been close to any wild fire and I sure hope I never have to. I guess its the only way to keep people safe then!!
@Jacruz25 (1124)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
You can't burn a tree easily. Houses were burned because maybe it is made of light materials. The place was in intense heat but trees are quite resistant enough not to be burned completely while houses that are made in light materials tend to burn easily. I think that's how it is.
• Canada
8 Sep 11
The houses in Alberta arent made of light material because it gets very cold in the winter and they get a lot of snow. Most of the houses are made of brick. It might take a long time to burn a tree, but the leaves would burn easily if the tree is right next to the house, the house is burnt to the ground, only the concrete footing remaining, yet the tree is untouched, not one leaf burnt!! The cars and trucks were blackened, twisted metal. So it must have been REALLY hot.....yet the trees were untouched. Its not that I absolutely want the trees to have been burnt, but how can you explain that?
@chiwasaki (4695)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
I agree with you as well. Aside from the light materials, include the electrical wiring and appliances inside the house as well. The house is already gone before fire can consume the tree.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
7 Sep 11
You have started a very interesting discussion, I have been googling all night for an answer and have none.i will keep checking back to see if it gets the answer. A fee have come up with some good thoughts, not sure if correct or not but quite interesting none the less. I know that one thing they say is keeping your area clean of debris, and watered helps stop the spread if fire, but I know that much of Texas has been in a drought and had extreme temps which don't help the situation. Its amazing the trees didn't go up along with everything else.
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• Canada
8 Sep 11
Im so puzzled by all this. I too have been searching but cant even find pictures of that town in Alberta where it happened in the spring. I saw it all on tv, on the news but nothing on the net!!! What has me uncomfortable about all this is the fact that this town in Alberta, they prevented anyone from entering as it was burning down. No firemen, no journalists, NOBODY!! The whole town was deserted while it all burned to the ground!! Then once it was all over, they let journalists go in and thats when I saw those weird video of all the houses burnt to the ground, only the concrete footing was left, the cars and trucks were blackened, twisted metal......yet all the trees were there, not missing one leaf!!!!!!! Im sorry but that doesnt sound right to me. Something happened, it was NOT a normal fire....sorry!! Unless you can come up with a scientific explanation for this?
@libramie (562)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
From my opinion, trees are alive, they have sap to fight or opposed against the heat while houses especially made of lumber which were too dry wood that is easy to burn. The car even made from metal is coated with a paint that is prone to fire and have gasoline that's blast easily when fire connected.
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• Canada
8 Sep 11
I understand all that.....You have a point here.....the cars would have exploded.......yet they didnt.......you could see the cars, well the frames there, black, twisted but still whole, so none of the cars or trucks exploded Yet, you could see trees very close to houses not burnt at all. But all the forest surrounding the town was burnt to the ground, only a few blackened, smoldering tree trunks were left!! It was a horrible sight The houses were nearly all made of brick. It gets cold in Alberta in the winter.
@petersum (4522)
• United States
6 Sep 11
Trees aren't insured! I never understand why Americans make houses from such poor materials. Most of it isn't even wood! What happened to bricks and concrete? You know, the stuff your European ancestors are still using to make their houses.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
7 Sep 11
LOL, I think because brick is very expensive and houses in some states are already over inflated. What started the recession here in the first place, the housing bubble burst. I saw the aftermath of a house built out of cement, the outer part of the house remained but it contained the fire inside and it got so hot that there was absolutely nothing left inside to salvage. The couple did make it out safely thanks to a neighbor awakening them in the middle of the night.
• Canada
8 Sep 11
@ Petersum: Houses here are made of bricks or other material on the outside. Not many are made solely of wood anymore. Yes the skeleton of the house is wood. Ive seen houses in Alberta that were made of bricks and they also burned to the ground. Its as if someone had poured some gasoline over the houses but NOT the trees!?!? @ Beaniefanatic: OMG....must have been awful to be stuck in that house made of cement. Lucky a neighbor could save that couple!!
@rose1717 (190)
• United States
7 Sep 11
I'm just guessing here, but houses are made out of highly flamable things like the roofing and the lumber used in houses are very dry wood. Trees are not dried lumber and the roots asorb water through the ground so they are a wet wood, this is why (in my opinion) they do not burn. They can burn but they take a while to catch fire.
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• Canada
8 Sep 11
I know that, I know trees will take much longer to burn. The fire in Alberta started because it was too dry. The forest surrounding the town was all destroyed by the fire, then they say it would get to the town, had everybody leave the town, prevented anyone from entering, no firemen did try to save the houses in the town. The town was completely deserted. A few days later, they let journalists enter the town and thats when I saw it on the news, on tv. Everything destroyed, completely burnt, twisted metals yet the cars or trucks didnt explode, but the trees, ALL the trees were green and leaves intact. It was really weird. I have never seen anything so strange. I tried to find photos on the net but couldnt find anything so that I could show you.
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Electrical wiring gives the fire a path, along with homes full of oxygen to give it good life and plenty of high flammables that burn hot and fast like insulation. It's kind of like the elements in a house act like lightening rods do to attract lightening. The house is so magnetic to the fire, it bypasses things like trees, and takes the easiest path. Quite often, a whole row of houses will be a charred ruin, but still have nice, full trees in their front lawns. Mother nature only goes after her own when she has no other choice I guess.
@Angelee_27 (3460)
• United States
6 Sep 11
Wow, what an interesting topic you have brought up! I honestly don't understand it either. It doesn't make sense! Perhaps it is easier to put out a fire that's burning a tree, than it is to put out a house fire? I really hope someone can give a logical explanation to this. I am very interested!
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• Canada
8 Sep 11
Its strange, isnt it? Here in Alberta, they evacuated everybody and sealed out the whole town, NOBODY could go in or even fly over the town. They didnt try to put out the fires, they just let it burn to the ground. Then journalists were allowed in and the pictures is what had me thinking when I saw them (saw them on the news, cant find them on the net to show you) You could see all the houses burnt to the ground, blackened by the blaze. The cars and trucks also, all blackened.....yet the trees were still there, green as if nothing had happened. I told hubby maybe it was some experiment they did, how else could you explain the trees still untouched by the fire?
@Bluedoll (16823)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Not sure if this is a suitable answer but fire can spread by jumping around. Fire could almost be described as a living thing as it breaths oxygen. It will seek air and make its own wind. As it consumes it can create low pressure by using up the air or high pressure from it's heat and carbon dioxide laiden air will shut down the flames only to be rewarded later when oxygen and fuels are present. It is possible that fire will not burn things down in a straight line but it can pick and choose at random. Of course once it gets its foot hold, fire claims its property for its own self indulgence. That might be a reason for strange looking scenes.
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• Canada
8 Sep 11
I know fire is sort of a living thing that will jump here and there, but why did it jump on houses only to burn them to the ground, same with cars and trucks that were left here and there as they evacuated all the residents of this town fast. Why did jump from house to house but never touching the trees here and there in its path? I cant understand it.....why also secure the whole town, not send in any firemen to try and put out the fire and prevent anyone from entering!! To me, it sounds like some kind of experiment that happened. I know.......it sounds crazy but what other explanation is there?