Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I've seen better weekends

Haven't had much of a chance to sit at the computer this weekend. Sunday I got a call from out at my mom's; the firefighters were just arriving to get after a brush fire that started out in the middle of my mom's 20 acres. We rushed out their, but even driving like a maniac, it takes about an hour. The fire was pretty well out, except for a few hot spots, but it did manage to completely burn some sheds and stuff like tillers, snow blowers, and such. Luckily, no one was hurt. The blaze came up to about 2-3 feet from her home, and was blocked by the rocks along her flower bed. Spent part of yesterday and today out there fixing some of the stuff that wasn't damaged by the fire. When the fire was first sighted, all of her neighbors for miles around came and helped move equipment and valuables away from the area, and helped with shovels and a backhoe to make fire breaks. My thanks to all of them. I may be busy from time to time out there, so blogging may or may not be spotty for a few days.
This is a picture of part of the area, her home is on the far right; you can see where it burnt around the pump house and up to the home. It probably burned up a total of about six or seven acres.



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9 comments:

Nate said...

Well that must have been a bundle of excitement you could have lived without. Just glad to hear no one was injured.

Hammer said...

Good to hear that no one was hurt.

Send my best wishes to your family.

BobG said...

They've had grass fires in her area before, but this is the closest one has been to her home.
If you are familiar with Tooele County, and Rush Valley (where she lives) in particular, you know how bad the area is for grass fires.
It could have been a lot worse.

Kenny said...

Do they know what started it? Glad your mom is okay.

Karen said...

Too close to home, as they say. I'm glad it didn't get to the house and no one was hurt.

BobG said...

They don't know what started it; there is no wiring out where it started, and there was no lightning. Personally, I think it may have been someone throwing a cigarette butt into the grass. Dove hunting in on right now, and I wonder if it might have been a careless hunter.

DirtCrashr said...

A buddy of mine out here has a tractor that he uses to disk a fire-break perimiter around his place, even though it's inside the city-limits.

GUYK said...

Pastrue fires were always one of our fears when I was a lad in Oklahoma. Sometimes we burnt on purpose because sometimes a pasture is better for a good burn but when a wind driven wild fire is out of control it is dangerous. There were several back in the winter that killed cattle and people and burnt up homes.

Rusticus said...

I echo the sentiment that I'm glad no one got hurt!

Good luck on getting things back to normal.