Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Last Burn of the Season

Today, Lisa and I tackled the remaining lawn debris, aiming to make this our last burn on this year's permit. During the week, I went out several times and spread and turned the brush and leaves to try and get them to dry out more, although a small amount of rain on Friday didn't help matters.

Last Tumbleweed

We piled up as much dry brush as we could and set it off, then periodically added more of the somewhat less-burnable material. As the fire needed encouragement, I would go across the vacant lot and haul dry tumbleweeds over and feed them into the fire, then feed more leaves and such in as tumbleweeds burn very hot but also very fast. This was the last such tumbleweed we burned before starting to put out the fire.

That's a Wrap

Even though the ashes had stopped burning or even obviously smouldering, the pile was still very warm. It took numerous passes over the pile with Lisa spraying the pile and me turning it with the rake before we once again reduced the remains to a safe pile of muddy ash.

Leftover Brush

This is all that's left of the brush pile. It may not be obvious, but there's more dirt than brush in this pile. If we think it's a hazard, we'll rake up the remainder and put it in the garbage.

That's pretty much the last of the burnable brush on our property or immediately adjacent to it that we can get disposed of this season. As time permits, we'll probably go out and cut brush from the trees along the fence line, pile it up away from the fence, and let it dry out. Maybe next October when burning is permitted again, we'll buy another burn permit and get rid of it. For now, though, we feel a lot better about getting dry brush and leaves away from the east side of the fence along our property and forming a slightly more defensible area to protect our house.

Incidentally, I've edited yesterday's post to include a photo of a truck that Lisa asked me to take for Chris Carson's benefit because she thought he might enjoy it.
Tags: brush, fire, lisa

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