Here’s a special Thanks to: For Your Good Health Who has blessed me and my Tiny blog by nominating Town and Country Gardening blog for the ‘Sunshine Award’.
There was a fire that burned about 600 acres 2 miles south of my Tiny farm yesterday afternoon, some fool was burning trash and started a grass fire. I got lucky and the local volunteer fire department controlled and extinguished this fire while it was still a full mile south of my Tiny Farm.
Another big fire about 15 miles northwest of me, I could see the orange glow in the northwest sky last night setting on my back porch. I can still see a huge smoke cloud coming off that fire this morning. This is a massive wildfire that continues to burn in NW Comanche County. This fire has grown to 12,000 acres and forced more evacuations overnight. Firefighters says the fire is more than 15 miles long and about 75 to 100 homes are in danger and have been evacuated.
Pasture land grass fires are not all bad. Fire is one of the natural events that have shaped the great plains prairies into what they are today. Grass fires keep weeds, brush and undesirable plants like the eastern red cedar, salt cedar and mesquite trees in check. Preventing them from destroying and competing with native grasses for moisture and nutrients. Contrary to popular beliefs, native grass is not killed when it is burned. Nutrients are released and returned to the soil. Native grasses will regrow healthier than before burning after the first good soaking rains this Fall and next Spring.
Only foolish city dwellers that have moved to the country life will allow grass to grow tall near homes, work shops, barns and livestock sheds or plant trees or shrubs within 25 feet of a home or out-building. People that have been raised in the country know better than to invite a fire to burn their house down!
A little common sense, keeping grass around your home and out buildings mowed short, a good water hose and hose end sprayer at the ready will usually be enough to protect you and your home from grass fires. A fire without fuel will soon die a natural death.
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Why is common sense so uncommon?
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