WILDFIRE!!!

Another cool start to our harnessing day, it was 50* at departure (this time wearing shorts) and 74* with a brisk breeze upon return.  Thank goodness for the shorts.  Our exit and return was almost the same route which usually does not happen.  Along with driving the open road we were also in an oat, a soft white wheat, 2 different hay and bluegrass fields all freshly harvested.  We witnessed a grey primed pickup almost wrap itself around a telephone pole directly in front of us.  His tracks going around the corner showed us he was going too fast to stay on the gravel .  Scary thing is he came off a road we were driving on yesterday and he was flying.  It took forever for the dust to lay down.  Must have been late for his 2nd day of high school.  This young man will keep us off that road in the early mornings for sure!

The boys  had a 9 mph trot today.  We drove 5 ¾ miles in 2 hrs and 12 minutes.  Our grand milage total is up to 325 ¾ miles in 68 hitches  2010 total is not at 26 hours

“It was a 50 ft wall of flames moving at least 45 mph and right on my heels,” Colin told us as he recanted his experience of outrunning a wild prairie fire.  It started out as a controlled burn on a day with a red flag warning, which means winds gusting to 40 mph, 100 degree temperatures, low humidity and NO burning.  Apparently someone was not paying attention in Boise when they issued permission.

As of right now our neighbor has no water as her well house is still burning.  Her horses and home are safe thanks to a water tender from Primeland, our local warehouse.  We were onsite keeping the flames under control and trying to make sure her belongings were unharmed.  Meanwhile the winds were furiously dusty hot, temps were already in the mid 90s and the air was full of thick smoke.  Grain stubble fields, unharvested grain for four miles is now a blacken char.  As of early afternoon after I had left the fire flared up, jumped another road and was headed to a home that was recently rebuilt after burning to the ground a couple of years back.  It also jumped the highway, made a run thru grain stubble and burned into a grove of Cottonwood trees where it finally was contained after tourching 1,067 acres total, 140 acres of that was unharvested and it took out two utility poles.

 I’ve seen nasty field and rangeland fires in the past but nothing this huge, ugly and totally out of control with the potential to do so much damage!  Am home this afternoon to keep an eye on the winds and smoke.  It’s not out yet.

NOTE** Photos inserted are of controled field burns  and not of today’s wildfire**

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