Thursday, May 05, 2011


We had our monthly community meeting last Monday. A month ago Julie suggested the topic of firewise safety. We do not live in a fire district and do not pay taxes for fire protection. It's up to us to be prepared.

As a result of the suggestion a battalion commander from the closest fire district joined us last Monday, did a presentation about fire safety and firewise landscaping. His presentation was informative, useful and enjoyable.

One person present asked about burning the mass of tumble weeds that line the ditches and fences along the road. We learned about permits and procedures necessary to burn materials.

Yesterday afternoon a fire started along the road away from any houses. The fire was northwest of our house about two miles away. I haven't seen the results yet but I understand it wasn't extinguished until it had crossed the line to the Navajo Nation. If I understand the starting location correctly that's a distance of more than two miles.

Fortunately yesterday was a fairly calm day. Winds were forecast at 3 to 6 mile per hour. Tomorrow we're back to winds in the twenties.

Before we go home tonight we'll drive by the area, see how far it went and learn a little more about protecting our house and property.




After posting the above I received two emails that indicate there were two fires and that the one fire did not cross the Navajo Nation line. That was a separate fire. How the rumor mil is discussing arson.



Blogger Anvilcloud said...

It must be a bit unnerving to be without outside protection.

5/05/2011 07:08:00 PM  
Blogger Buffalo said...

With even a whisper of wind a tumbleweed fire can travel very quickly. Mom had us gather all the tumblers near our house, bring them home and stuff them in our burn barrel for disposal.

5/05/2011 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous firme de contabilitate said...

All is well when it ends well. I hope not to be another fire, good luck!

5/10/2011 11:52:00 PM  
Blogger jbmoore said...

Be prepared. We are in a drought and over 70 structures have burned down here in Sierra Vista. I hope that you do not experience any brush fires in your area. if you do, cut the grass and brush back away from your property. Your house will survive a small grass fire, but it will not survive a brush or tree fire.

6/19/2011 08:15:00 PM  

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