The day of fires

Burn season is coming to a close soon. That made us try to hurry up and burn the four piles we had around the property. With those piles burned that means we have had 12 burn piles so far this season. Wow! I knew we had a lot of brush to get rid of but I didn’t know it was going to end up that many. We have lots of trees that need taken out so I am expecting a lot more burn piles again next burn season. One thing I learned is that Hazel nut trees need some months to dry out because the wood won’t burn otherwise.

The first fire I did some days before. It was the scariest fire I have ever had that left me shaking. It had a bunch of cedar limbs in it that had been down for about a month or so and misc. other brush. I lighted the fire and about 5 minutes later it was a fire bomb. The wind started blowing and started grass fires but the flames were so high and hot I couldn’t get near enough to put them out. I ran back to get Lee to help and a shovel (because my rake wasn’t going to cut it) but by the time I got back we could get near it to get the grass fires out. I decided after that scary experience that I was going to wait until the weekend for Lee to help me with the other burn piles.

Saturday comes and we have the most enormous pile of Cedar limbs to burn from the two trees we had cut down in the front of our house. I was feeling nervous but this pile decided that it wasn’t going to go crazy, thank goodness. It did burn amazing fast though.

Since it was still early in the day I thought “why not try another fire”. I didn’t think it was going to burn but I used the last of my paper on it. It took off so I was feeling pretty happy to get a second pile out of the way for Saturday. Jessica came over for the day along with Skip and his kids. Lee and Skip had the fun job of tending this fire.

By now I am beat and ready to pack it in. Skip tells me I should start the third fire for the day. I have the excuse of not having any paper left but after he carries two shovel fulls of embers from the above fire they managed to get it started. This was a burn pile full of Hazel nut limbs that I had tried 7 or so times to start through out the burn season and could never get it to start. Grrrrr. Thank goodness that chore is gone for a few months. Now I just need to go make some more piles.

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One Response to The day of fires

  1. Rachael says:

    I’m glad to know that Eliza wasn’t part of any of the burn piles. I was a little alarmed when I saw a baby in a stroller among photos of burning wood and ash.

    Hey, by the way, I got your card. Thank you! I plan on writing back this Sunday because I have to go out of town, so it’ll give me something to do on the plane. Thankfully you’re still alive after that one scary burn pile.

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