Thursday, August 26, 2010

Country Brushfire!

Today we spent the afternoon at some homeschool friends' house who live out in the country surrounded by wheat fields. We drove on gravel back roads for half an hour to get to their house.

When we got there we discovered that a nearby field was ablaze, filling the sky with smoke.

The wind, as you can see whipping Curly's hair, got up to 40 mph, fanning the innocent field fire into something much more deadly.

Most of us hung out in the kitchen, munching on pretzels and talking, while people took turns watering their grass on the north side (where the fire was) and checking on the location of the fire over the hill to the north, standing in the whipping wind.

My baby took a nap in their spare room and when he woke up, he was hungry! We all restlessly roamed around, watching the fire as the the wind blew it along. It jumped the highway, passed by our friend's house, burned around a neighbor's farm (they apparently had a good fire break) and finally on toward the newly harvested stubble to the east, spreading ash on the surrounding region.

I think by tonight the fire crews have it contained, but it sure gave us an exciting afternoon!

1 comment:

  1. I heard about this fire. I can't believe you were so close to it! I'm glad everyone's okay. My husband saw what he thought was dust because of the wind in from that area. It wasn't until he talked to me that he realized that while some of it may have been dust (there was a lot of that going on, too) it was also smoke.