We have been working on the fire roads. This is a scary time of year for us.
As you can see there is lots of fuel, if a fire were to get away from someone burning off their fields.
Twice we had two different neighbors start fires below us and go off and leave them. The fires came just five feet from the barn and corrals at our rental. It was terrifying.
The photos here are of the one in 2012. (the second fire…was in 2011 from a different neighbor)
Then on March 16, 2012 the ditch company burned up the other two sides of our place.
Since that time we have been very, very careful! to keep fire roads open and well maintained. For years and years we never even had fire roads, nor did we need fire roads. It just all started about 8 years ago when people decided to burn instead of work the ground up.
Terry, also, disks around all the corn fields and the alfalfa fields. Having those fields disked actually stopped the second fire from swooshing across to our house and barns. Fire makes it’s own wind and with the wind blowing it can travel very fast, even jumping from spot to spot.
We feel the roads are in now good shape; so today he will start disking around the ends of the fields.
Usually I drive the tractor with the loader, but sometimes Terry and I switch.
He’s MUCH better at the scary stuff and than I am!
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,