Burn Baby Burn

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After not doing much of anything but walk around our country lot since October 31st, it was about time we got back to work. Our biggest issue: the very large pile of brush that had built up from last summer’s workdays. If we cut anything more, we would have nowhere to put it. So the brush had to burn.

Growing Pile

After our long run for the week, I ate a quick lunch while Jason met up with his brother to head out to the lot. Just to be on the safe side, Jason asked to use his grandpa’s water tank that could be trailered by tractor (something his grandpa could also supply) out to our property. I drove out to watch help them, only to find that I was essentially too late.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Apparently, the majority of the pile went up in flames quickly. Jason and his brother, Jeremy, patrolled the perimeter to be sure things didn’t get out of control. Considering that the clearing was all tall grass and it has been particularly dry lately, this was pretty important.

Now, I say that the majority of the pile burned quickly for a reason. One small portion of brush simply refused to burn.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

The boys brought out the big guns, or should I say the big gloves.

Jason’s glove bomb.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Detonation!
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Fail
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Let’s try that again.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Success…
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Short-lived success.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Our personal fire truck.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

After letting the ashes smolder just a little longer, it was time to cool things down.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

While Jason and Jeremy circled the burn area with the water tank, I did a little walking around.

Smoke as seen from one of the far corners of the lot.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

I also had to capture some shots of the other point of progress: a clearer “driveway.”

Looking up towards the lot from where we park:

Before
Eventual Driveway?

After
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

And around the bend:

Before
Starting Our Branch Pile

After
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

After the guys sprayed down the burn zone, Jeremy left with the tractor. Jason and I stuck around a little while longer to make sure all the flames had fizzled. We staked out a shady spot since it was ridiculously hot outside. Obviously, a massive bonfire didn’t help matters.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Now that the big burn is complete, we can begin working again. Jason has talked about shifting gears and clearing along the front of the property. However, we only want to clear it to a certain extent. We want our eventual house to be a little hidden from view. You’ll have to be a friend – or blog reader – to really see itΒ  πŸ™‚

 

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2 thoughts on “Burn Baby Burn

  1. Lacey

    I got concerned at first, knowing that there was an out-of-control brush fire somewhere outside of Whitewater this weekend. πŸ™‚ Glad it wasn’t yours!

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  2. Laura Post author

    Oh no! Was there seriously an out-of-control fire outside of town? I’m also glad it wasn’t ours – we came prepared πŸ™‚

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