HOT SHOTS: PAGE 16
F.L.E. BLAST FROM THE PAST
Fireline explosives were first used on a fire by the Los Padres Hot Shots in 1975. It proved to be ideal for constructing check line on remote creeping fires staffed with limited resources. Rolled from spools as a sausage-like hose, the linear explosive is composed of an emulsion jelly. Miles of F.L.E. can be detonated with exploding bridge wires (E.B.W.) designed to be safe around radios. The demise of tactical F.L.E. in recent years has resulted from increased manpower availability and stringent purchasing, transportation and usage regulations for the explosive. F.L.E. was utilized extensively in Alaska and Montana. The Los Padres Hot Shots blasted five miles of F.L.E. in Idaho in 1994.
Rolling F.L.E. On The Rabbit Fire, Idaho 1994
Remote Detonation
Before
After
Blasting A Mile of F.L.E. # 1
Blasting F.L.E. # 2
Blasting F.L.E. # 3

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