Fire

The ban has lifted.

The burn ban was finally lifted the other day so time for some fires between now and winter.

Eastern Washington is a wild fire waiting to happen. It being dry and moderately arid out here, it seems as if there’s always a fire somewhere. I actually applied to be a wildland firefighter but I couldn’t pass the physical test. You had to carry a 45 pound backpack for three miles in less than 45 minutes. My body frame was just too small. The pay would have been excellent but I wondered if I could do it anyway.

There was an especially large fire just past the neighboring town of Kettle Falls on the far side of the Columbia River. It seemed to last a couple of weeks although don’t quote me on that. We watched helicopters dip their water bucket thingys into the Columbia and swing around back to the fire. The fire was named the Boyds fire and it burned a lot of acreage.

Air quality was really bad and once when we went grocery shopping downtown, you could see a haze inside the store. It seemed as if almost every day we’d hear the siren going off, summoning all hands to a fire. There almost seemed to be a perpetual haze in the distance.

We had our first fire tonight. Built a fire pit and I’m building a sort of natural patio around it. I’m setting rocks into the ground and filling in between them. I plan on doing a little at a time and doing about a 20 foot radius from the fire. I think it will look cool.

I’d like to eventually create some kind of semi dessert garden area. Some place to sit. It would have to have trees or I will roast.

I took some cool pics of the fire tonight. I thought some of them looked unique without color.

Looking forward to some more evenings by the fire before the bitter cold arrives.