Nearly the whole state of Texas is under burn ban, and there was a big grassfire just north of us last weekend. On tv, they've been advising people to cut their grass short around the house and keep it watered. I'm also concerned about the back of our lot which is an un-mowed meadow. With July 4th coming up, and having neighbors upwind from us who ignore burn bans, I'm worried about them starting a fire that will catch my meadow on fire, which will then spread to my wood deck and shed. I've mowed a ten foot perimeter around my yard now, but that won't stop the high winds we've had lately. In fact, nothing will stop burning embers in those winds. We've had sustained winds at 30mph and gusting to 45. But IF the wind was normal, how wide would a mowed fire break need to be?
P.S. It rained last night and we got a 1/2 inch. Before that, our last measurable rain was the first week in May. Without rain, and with the uncharacteristic winds, and the hot temperatures we've had lately, I can understand how the dust bowl happened.
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This message has been edited by TxNet on Jun 21, 2011 4:21 PM
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If it is windy
June 21 2011, 5:29 PM
I would wet my wood deck and roof top on July 4th!
I agree with Stacy on the 6.5 feet. But with winds that high
I am not sure it matters! I would also keep the hose in front
and back attached and ready to go. But is a fire is close get
in the car and drive away! My DH is a range fire fighter. So
I know all this exciting stuff! lol He has seen fires jump from ridge
to ridge in high winds. That's with a couple miles in between! Fires
Hope none gets close to you!