Scenes From a Near By Fire

by Karen on July 4, 2012

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Yesterday there was a fire about 20 miles from us.  As I have told you all it is very dry here.  Today Mike and I drove over to the area to see how close it had been to us.  A new report just out says 500+ acres burned, I had originally thought it was about 15 miles from us but I do believe it was closer to 20.

Mainly this is forested area with some farm land here and there.

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How the leaves on these trees didn’t just light up and burn is beyond me – they are so dried up – this is what we are seeing on trees around here.

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Today we got some more 5 gallon buckets and Mike drilled a couple tiny holes in them and we put them around the Redbud and Dogwood trees.  I will fill them up in the morning and/or evening and see if we can save those trees – I love decorative trees these are not real close to the house so it is hard to try to keep up with them.  The small dogwood by the house I put a water sprinkler on it barely turned on so it will drip overnight on it and it is staying ok although I need to do that again tonight as the leaves are drooping.  I do it about once a week.  I want to conserve – but they have not told us that we can do no watering so I think it is still ok to do a little of this – if they come out and say no outside watering at all then I will stop.

Did you all have a good 4th?  I must admit to doing hardly anything at all!  We had a picnic meal inside! it was too hot to cook outside I thought – it was just the two of us anyhow.

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glen I Louisiana July 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

That is so scary to have the fires so close. I am glad we only have hurricanes!

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Pip July 5, 2012 at 4:45 am

Not pleasant to have the fires nearby, do you have a bushfire plan in place, just in case. When we had water restrictions a year or so ago, we were only allowed to water using a hose between certain hours, outside those hours you could water as much as you like but could only use a watering can, the powers that be figured that most people wouldn’t want to spend time filling a watering can over and over. A lot of trees really suffered in the heat with the lack of water but the majority of them survived and are doing well now.
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Karen July 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

no Pip can’t really say I have plan in place – if we would have to evacuate for a fire we do have the motor home gassed up and near the house. I guess I would just toss in as much as I could given time and would take off – that way instead of a shelter we could stay in it.

Nedra July 5, 2012 at 10:15 am

Filling 5 gallon buckets sounds like a great idea for saving a tree during a drought. I will have to remember that tip.
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