Yesterday was burn day here on the Ranch. This is the brush and pine needles that will be burned throughout the day. Bill uses a rake and a pitchfork to feed the fires’ fuel. He also has a hose on and ready to wet the ground around the fire to keep it from spreading.
So after piling up some good kindling, Bill lights the match at the bottom of the laid fuel.
The reason we burn is because pine needles do not compost well and you can not let them build up around your dwelling, as the hazard for fire if very high in the mountains, and they can cause a home to burn to the ground
The flames rise….
So, raking begins early in Spring, to clear the ground around the house for at least 100 feet all around the buildings on the property, for safety during the coming Fire Season. We also have to remove the low growing brush such as bay and Manzanita as they burn very hot.
The EPA watches with satellites to make sure folks are not burning out of season. This is also how forest fires are detected in the deep wilds of the forest that can not be seen from any roads or lookouts.
Burn Season is from the first very hard rain to the end of the very last rain and up to about a month after the rain has stopped, and the ground is still wet, to give the fuel a bit of time to dry out before the combustion.
At the end of the long day, we always put the fire all the way out to make sure the wind does not cause the fire to spread or rekindle. What a long day for Bill but he loves the flames and call himself a pyromaniac on burn day. You go Bill. Thank you for keeping our house hopefully safe from impending forest fires.
So I hope you all have a great day and don’t get burned!
The End…for now.