Monday, August 27, 2012

Fire pictures

When the smoke started. Looking north from the living room.

One of the draws the fire crept down as it tried to move south. Access from our side meant crawling all the way down the cliffside from where I took the photo, down to the creek and straight up the hill on the other side all while carrying a spray pack, shovel, water and other gear. No wonder both Lloyd and Nathan are a little stiff and sore.

When fires in this country are easily accessible by truck or ATV there are swarms of locals able to help (hence why when the fire started to run east along the field, that would be to the right in the photo, they were able to get it dead out rather quickly) but rugged terrain like this limits who is able to access and fight on the lines. All the more reason why we wanted to get it out - one is only able to climb in and out of that canyon so many times.

Well after that diversion, we are back to our regularly scheduled business of finishing up the harvest.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fire is out

The fire is out. A few junipers smoldering in the black line but nothing really to worry about at this point. Of course we will keep watch on it for the next few days - you never know what is smoldering in the duff layer that shows up when the wind kicks in.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fire Update

It was a late night but Lloyd and Nathan at least got to come home to sleep. It was a little hectic when I got the message to pack a bag, get the baby, get the cash and anything else important and have everything ready to go by the door or in a car. I did just that and got sprinklers started around the house and called my mom to come pick up Thora. Luckily the wind changed so the fire was no longer headed straight towards us.
 The fire started in the neighbor's wheat fields and moved south towards us before the wind came up out of the west and pushed the fire east towards our other "next door" neighbors. The locals rallied over there to put out that line which they did then some of the crew headed over to our place to work on containing the other line. By then the fire had dropped down into Tub Springs Canyon and the task was to get a line around it as it headed down the slope. Fighting fire is always more successful when it is moving downhill because it kind of creeps along. Once it reaches the bottom of the canyon, if the winds picks up it will race up the other side. With those steep canyons though, if a burned off juniper rolls down the hill, it can start a new fire beyond the established lines.

By last night they had lines around the fire down in the canyon and were going to head out first thing to check it. It is in pretty rough terrain but as long as something doesn't blow up down there or a big wind come up, it should be in maintenance mode and we will watch it the next few days.

More info when the morning report comes in.

Harvest Season

While Lloyd and Nathan slave away this week getting the grain from the field to the bin, I thought a peek back at what harvest looks like over the last 110 years or so would be in order:

early combine
horse drawn field work

Harvest 2
chuck harvesting


Auguring grain

Grain harvest

Friday, August 24, 2012


The neighbor's wheat field caught fire about 5:00PM today. Nathan and Lloyd are headed out to start cutting fire trails. There is a canyon between our ranch and the fire but it is nervously close. Thora and I are here at home manning the phone and calling neighbors. I can see the smoke rolling but it is frustrating to feel so helpless and not know what is going on out there.