Burn Day!

burn day 1
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.



burn day 2

So after piling up some good kindling, Bill lights the match at the bottom of the laid fuel




burn day 3
So on with the show. After raking a good base of kinkling into a pile and the fire has been lit, it is time to feed the feul into the blaze.





burn day 4
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



burn day 5
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.



burn day 4
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 day 7
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.


burn day 8
All dwellings are inspected by the Fire Department each year to assure they are safe. We have to submit their write off each year to our insurance company to keep our home insurance policy intact.




burn day 9
To keep the nearby brush and trees safe Bill hoses them down throughout the burn time. This will keep them from catching fire and ease the stress from the heat.



burn day 10
So when we burn I like to help and watch the flames.  Unfortunately I have asthma and COPD, so Bill, bless his heart, will not let me help when the smoke becomes excessive.




burn day 11
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!



burn day 12
Now the ashes will get raked and spread into the compost for the gardens.

Have a safe day!

The End…for now.

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