Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Burn baby, burn.....

 7:54 am - Tuesday - January 19th - Seal Rock, OR - 36° F, 87% humidity, wind 0 mph out of the north......clear, cold, blue skies today with a forecast high of 53° F.  On this date in 2016 good friend Steven Dempsey took this picture near Quartzite, AZ which ultimately became the masthead for our blog.....↴


I reported to work around 9:50 am.....I love my walk to work when this is the view that greets me......


.....as I predicted in my blog yesterday we did light the burn pile Monday.  It took us a while to get it started, but once it was going it was hard to quench at the end of the day.  As we always do when we burn brush, etc. we got out the Massey Ferguson tractor so we could push more brush onto the pile......


.....here you see Terry (in the background) moving more brush onto the pile.  I got a chance to spend some time on the tractor, also.  This is the smallest loader I have operated, but it works the same as the mid sized Kubota I operated at Ramona Oaks, and the same as the full sized Case I operated at Tahoe Valley Campground.

Terry and I also installed the new arrow I created on our entrance sign so people will know they must turn left to enter......


....I'm thinking it's pretty obvious now that you go left, and not straight up the hill.....lol!

Monday was my longest work day since we arrived here at SRRVC.  In all I worked 5 hours, mostly just babysitting the fire to be sure it did not spread, or get out of control.  At 4 pm we still had a lot of brush to burn (about 1/2 of what we started with), but we had to douse the fire as no one wants to spend the night up there, right?  We'll be back another day to finish the job.

The sun is setting closer to 5 pm now, and I was alert enough to see what was happening and scampered down the hill to get a picture of the sunset, and the moonrise......



.....I forgot to mention above that around 1 pm I took an hour break to go home and grill a London Broil for our dinner Monday night.  I finished with that right at 2 pm, and was back up the hill to give Terry a break.  I also had to run back up there just after taking the sunset picture to make sure the fire was out.  It's a good thing I did, because it wasn't.  Even though we had doused it heavily with water, and left a sprinkler running it had started up again, so I had to spend another 30 minutes making sure it was out that time, and it was.  By the time I left there was just steam rising from the brush. I left the sprinkler running all night to be sure.

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