Do you remember Smokey the Bear from when you were a kid? “Remember….Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”
When I was in elementary school Smokey the Bear used to come visit us at school, along with local firemen, to talk to us about fire safety.
I had that slogan running through my head the other day when we had a fire that got out of control. It was one of the days recently when we didn’t have snow on the ground so we were taking advantage of some time outside in the nice weather. We had a small pile of brush to burn from some dead bushes and landscaping at my parents house. When you live in the country that’s what you do with stuff like that!
Well, we thought the fire was out and went on in the house, only to look out the window several minutes later to find that the yard, fence row, and neighbor’s field were on fire.
In a panic we grabbed the water hose, only to find that one of the dogs had chewed off the end of the hose that connected it to the faucet. I’m sure we were a funny site to watch as I went running around to the front of the house dressed in my bright green pajama pants which were tucked inside of my zebra striped rainboots! I grabbed the hose from the front of the house and drug it around to the backyard, trying to stay on my feet in the slippery, muddy yard. I didn’t manage to stay upright though! It was like my yard had turned into a muddy slip-n-slide and I took a ride on my butt!
I really would have thought that everything was to wet to burn since the ground was so muddy!
We managed to connect the water hose and start hosing down the fire. It wasn’t a major, huge fire but rather several small fires. Just when we would think we had it all extinguished the wind would shift and the fire would spread in another direction.
Just to be safe my mom went in to call the fire department. They came within minutes but by that time everything was pretty much under control. They didn’t even have to use the hose from the fire truck. I turned over my water hose duty to the “professionals” and attempted to catch the dogs to get them in the house out of the way. I’m sure the firemen were highly entertained by this muddy pj and rainboot clad lady chasing two dogs around the yard trying to herd them into the house!
The whole experience was over within minutes but talk about an adrenaline rush! Shew! Not something I want to experience again any time soon.
We learned our lesson. If you are going to burn something be sure the fire is totally out before leaving the fire! The damage could have been a lot worse!