Awhile back I heard on CBC radio about a man who got trapped in a forest fire (surrounded on all sides) and survived. The way he survived was so ridiculous that he was brought to court and almost fined/put in jail: He fought the fire with another fire.
He was in the thick bush with white hot fire closing in the distance. He lit a tree on fire where he was and let it spread. He hit the floor and let his fire blackened all the surrounding trees. Afterwards when the real fire was approaching, it couldn't get to him because of his pocket of burnt trees.
The man claimed back in the day, this was common knowledge.
Does this have any validity / is this the thing to do if surrounded by a forest fire ?