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Brush/grass fire today

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by PapaDave, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Just a little excitement I thought I'd share from early this afternoon.
    So, I'm out having a fire in the pit this afternoon. Mom's sitting in a chair and we're talking about how goofy the lab is, and my next door neighbor starts yelling across the power line field.
    I had noticed some smoke from her property for a bit and thought she was doing the same as us. Well, she was, until the fire got away from her and caught the grass on fire next to the hole dug in the ground she was calling a fire pit.
    I went running over (no easy task any more) and she hadn't hooked up the hose and was in a panic about the fire and couldn't do it, so I did. By this time, the fire had spread to about 50' around and was moving pretty quick. It was headed to my tree line.
    The hose didn't reach far enough, so she finally made "the call" while I put out what I could.
    DNR and local fire crew were already on another call close by and showed up in less than 5 minutes.
    She hadn't cleared around the pit, and didn't have the hose ready and she started burning after the winds began. 3 strikes.
    She ended up getting a citation for allowing the fire to get out of control, and got a warning for no burn permit on a "no burn" day. Don't know what the cost will be.
    If only she'd had the hose at the ready, the fire could have been contained in less than a minute.
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  2. Jack Fate

    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the reminder.
    Gotta get this years " Burn permit".

    BURN PERMITS REQUIRED APRIL 1 THROUGH AUGUST 31
    Online application

    Got Mine:
    Top of permit:
    brn pt.jpg



    Good for 2013 - Dec 2015

    Lots of areas have the snow melted off & lots of dry areas.
    Be fire season soon.
  4. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Burn Permit for here? That's the first time I have ever heard of that! They can kiss my ass if they think I'm going to pay so I can have a fire on my land!

    The same way I refuse to pay to have my dog registered.

  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Yes
    Free & easy. o_O
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Here in Maine it is much better to get a burn permit . . . than to not get a burn permit and have the fire get away from you. In the first case, you may be lucky and get away with a warning. In the second case, they may warn you or go right to the fine and charges for fire suppression costs.
  7. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    What's the point if it's free?

  8. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Glad to hear no major consequences for her poor choices.

    Being prepared matters!

    pen
  9. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Well, if the fine is as high as I've heard it is, she's in a financial world of hurt.
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    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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