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Gérer les incendies pour sauver les forêts de la Californie

Aux États-Unis, depuis l'année 2000, les incendies de forêts ont détruit quasiment 28.000km2 de terrain chaque année. Ces vingt dernières années, l'ampleur de la destruction causée par les incendies a doublé. L'augmentation significative de ces catastrophes naturelles et leur impact social, environnemental et économique ont suscité des inquiétudes croissantes, à tel point que la prévention et la gestion des incendies font l'objet de débats non seulement aux États-Unis, mais dans le monde entier.

Il devient en effet crucial d'étudier des approches innovantes et efficaces pour affronter un phénomène de plus en plus destructeur : c'est là que les machines FAE font la différence.

L'un des outils les plus efficaces pour arrêter la propagation d'un incendie est la création de lignes coupe-feu. Il s'agit de couloirs exempts de végétation, réalisés dans des forêts et des zones naturelles. Les lignes coupe-feu ne se limitent pas à contenir l'incendie dans une zone délimitée, elles sont également utilisées par les animaux sauvages comme abri et par les équipes de secours pour éteindre l'incendie, ainsi que pour effectuer les travaux d'entretien de la végétation nécessaires.

Bien qu'elles soient souvent critiquées par les environnementalistes, qui refusent tout type d'intervention humaine sur la nature, en réalité les lignes coupe-feu se sont révélées extrêmement efficaces pour la conservation à long terme de nos précieuses forêts et de la faune sauvage.

Dans les états à risque d'incendie comme la Californie, l'utilisation des lignes coupe-feu est plus importante que jamais. Brad Kingsley, propriétaire de la société d'entretien des espaces verts « Kingsley Management », raconte : « La Californie a été fortement déboisée dans le passé et il y a eu une intense activité de lutte contre les incendies. À présent, toutefois, cela fait environ 100 ans que le sous-bois est laissé libre de tout contrôle et nous assistons à nouveau à des incendies dévastateurs. Nous devons commencer à éclaircir les sous-bois et à réduire le nombre d'arbres afin de laisser moins de matériau combustible au feu.
Nous travaillons avec l'RCD (Resource Conservation Districts) du comté d'El Dorado. Ils font un excellent travail pour obtenir les fonds à utiliser pour la création de lignes coupe-feu, à construire surtout pour protéger les petites communautés locales. »

M. Kingsley et de nombreuses d'autres entreprises spécialisées dans le monde utilisent les machines FAE pour réaliser des lignes coupe-feu. La qualité et la technologie FAE représentent en effet un tournant dans la gestion du territoire.

Le broyage des arbres, des arbustes et des branchages est une activité écologique et économique, ainsi qu'une manière efficace de préserver la qualité du terrain. En effet, les résidus de broyage sont laissés au sol pour apporter de l'humidité et des nutriments essentiels et pour supprimer les espèces végétales envahissantes. « Ce qui me plaît chez FAE », ajoute Brad Kingsley, « c'est la qualité de broyage du bois. Le produit final est de qualité constante et nourrit le terrain. Ainsi, un tapis moelleux de copeaux se forme, réduisant le risque d'incendie et rendant la zone utilisable par les animaux et par nous tous, même les enfants ».

Chez FAE, nous sommes ravis que nos machines soient activement utilisées pour résoudre le problème des incendies et nous sommes fiers de contribuer à sauver nos forêts pour les générations futures.

Pour en savoir plus: PT-175 

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