Araucaria a Fire Promoter or Retardant?
Wondering if anyone here knows how much about how the araucarias respond to fire or more saliently how they behave when they are on fire... The land I am working on has a row of Araucaria columnaris (Cook Pine - almost indistinguishable from Norfolk Pines) on the neighbouring property on the windward side. A prior designer/consultant/character who was here warned the owner of this property that they are a fire hazard, quoting something Bill said about the propensity of pines to become flame throwers in firey situations.
My intial reaction was to laugh at this concern. The trade winds which would blow fire at us through those trees almost invariably bring moisture too, so a fire from that direction seems unlikely.
Also, it is my impression that although we call them pines, and they are a softwood, the araucaria's are more like a rainforest tree and would seem poorly adapted to that environment if they went about being highly combustible.
But then, they are quite resinous and I wonder if this bloke had a valid point or not? They are certainly very fine windbreaks.
caretaking 14 acres of ridge and gully land at Huelo, Maui. 400-500 ft above sea level