8.18.2011

Still Burning


Waiting for word.

The fire continues to burn but it's creeping now instead of roaring. We have been reinforcing lines and clearing ditch banks so large pumps can be installed to pump water from one area to another in an attempt to saturate the peat in front of the fire. In some areas the fire is burning under the roads, creating access problems. A mild-mannered tropical system would be quite welcome about now.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

You look like one super tired firefighter. Ratdog and I are hoping for lots of rain in your future!!

biobabbler said...

Wow. Very interesting. Fire burning under a road--interesting concept, not so common here in the dry (relatively peat poor) west. Best of luck with everything.

Sybil said...

It must be so very hot there. I wish you drenching downpours. Cannot imagine a fire passing under a road !

swamp4me said...

SIL,
Not too tired in this shot. Just waiting, waiting, waiting...

biobabbler and Sybil,
The roads that are on fire are old logging roads that are used as trails. They were built by laying logs down parallel to one another along the sides and then piling in the spoil soil from the ditch that was being dug. The end result is a sand/clay road on top of peat. The fire has managed to reach the peat layer and is undermining the road.

Ellen Rathbone said...

Fire is an amazing thing. We love it, we hate it. It helps us, it destroys us. Lots of lessons to be learned from fire. Hope you get it tamed soon.

Woodswalker said...

Oh dear! So sorry to hear about your fire. Like you needed more heat. I hope that fire is extinguished soon and your life can settle down.

Randy Emmitt said...

Hope you get it finished soon. Been hearing about it on the news here quite often.

Kyna said...

When the wind's blowing wrong, we're still getting smoke off that fire down here in Swansboro. Good luck to you, the fires have been horrible around here this year.

KaHolly said...

I know once it reaches the peat level, it can burn for a very long time. Here's hoping for some drenching tropical rains!

Samantha said...

Hoping for a nice tropical front to move in, quickly.

Amish Stories said...

Greetings from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa. Have a very nice weekend everyone. Richard from Amish Stories.

Wayne said...

Nice kevlar!

Love the yellow and green look. Wish I had a whole wardrobe of it.