I promise to not make this into another weather post, but I have to start by pointing out a few things that we all know already…
1. WINTER HAS BEEN CRAZY COLD, SNOWY, ICY AND WINDY.
2. BURNING BRUSHPILES ON A CRAZY WINDY DAY IS NOT ADVISED.
Both statements are obvious, I know. That being said, our neighbor missed the boat on prescribed burning.
This was the view from our porch a couple of weeks ago.
Apparently, the brushpiles our neighbor went off and left unsupervised set 250 acres a blaze. In the big scheme of things, 250 acres is not a huge fire, but it can seem that way when you are looking out your front porch at it and the wind is pushing it in your direction.
Flames were well above the tree canopy and air support was called in. Our highway was shut down and volunteer, state and federal fire divisions did their thing. A little bull dozer work and it was in control within a few hours but not actually out until the following day.
It got hairy enough to discuss the possible exit plan for the cattle. The only problem is that there wasn’t a way to vacate the farm with livestock in tow.
Even though I am well versed in fire safety and prescribed burns, it is still a helpless feeling to know that we couldn’t really do much if a wildfire did cross our fenceline.