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Ranchland burns in Alberta...

Ranchland burns in Alberta...

Postby dle » Sep 12th, 2017, 5:32 am

https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-s ... htm#206335

After having just returned to Kelowna from Saskatchewan a couple of days ago, we drove this stretch of highway and I feel very sad for the ranchers, but also a little stymied at how he managed to go 8 to 10 km without somebody warning him his tires were sparking.

It's straight road as you can see, and although the traffic isn't the way we see traffic out here (looking like everyone is joined at the bumpers!), it is Hwy #1 and there is traffic constantly on it. I find it very hard to understand how the guy behind him, or even someone coming down the opposite lane, couldn't see the sparks and pull him over to let him know. Even someone on the opposite side of the divided highway could have easily rossed the big, slightly dipped grass meridians they have out there and copped a nut to go after him to let him know in pretty short order. Yes, they are driving around 120km/hr but there's lots of traffic - I just feel it would have been hard to miss in 8 to 10 km so I'm a curious cat!
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Re: Ranchland burns in Alberta...

Postby Bsuds » Sep 12th, 2017, 6:29 am

At Hwy speeds it doesn't take long to go 8-10 kms.
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Re: Ranchland burns in Alberta...

Postby LTD » Sep 12th, 2017, 6:34 am

also if it was a tandem axle boat trailer it will tow completely normal with a flat making it much more difficult to notice
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Re: Ranchland burns in Alberta...

Postby dle » Sep 12th, 2017, 7:40 am

LTD wrote:also if it was a tandem axle boat trailer it will tow completely normal with a flat making it much more difficult to notice


agreed LTD - but I think only for the driver of the unit. Other traffic would notice it I'm sure - granted they might not know the sparking is causing fires because they would have zipped right by where the fire would start as a small spark in the blink of an eye - someone behind that person might see the fires starting on the roadside but not be able to see the trailer sparking farther ahead so wouldn't identify the cause. I think I'm answering my own question from my original post lol!
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