Now I know that you’re expecting another “Gather round the campfire whilst I tell ya a story about steel and determination”…
But today we’ve put the welders down and picked up another set of tools…
You see… campfires are now officially a no-no!
Let’s just jump in, shall we?
That “Hail and how are ya?'” camper reference seems perfectly appropriate as we dive into the July 4th weekend!
I say “dive” as I’m hoping that you are all headed to some glorious beach, river or lake to find respite from the heat waves baking the country!
Here at the homestead it’s been 100 degrees plus daily and it’s not just tempers that are flaring.
Mother Nature has decided, in her infinite wisdom, to try to burn off most of the surrounding forests and we’re seeing the wildfires double in size, in less than a day.
Just south of where I live (by a few miles) a wildfire is raging out of control. The fire line is miles long as it consumes everything in it’s path.
Many readers remember that a few years back I had to evacuate my own home to get clear of the horrific wildfires that threatened our canyon.
Now, many other Montana families are revisiting that adventure…
Property owners who haven’t evacuated their homes have dug in and fire crews from all over Montana and elsewhere have been mobilized to help combat the flaming inferno that is now the Bitterroot Montana forest. I say “flaming inferno” because the surrounding forests are filled with “beetlekill” timber that is almost incendiary when it’s introduced to a spark. “Beetlekill” trees (trees killed by insects) are literally “standing dead” trees just waiting to go off. The trees literally burst into flames like bombs when embers hit them.
Despite my personal injuries (I’ve torn muscles in my abdomen), I personally spent the wee hours of last night up in the fire zone, surveying the fire’s growth and photographing it as it jumped from canyon to canyon. You could literally see the trees exploding as the fire races from ridgeline to ridgeline.
As I did this, property owners not in their yards clearing out a firebreak or standing the lines in the surrounding mountains… were packing cars and trucks with precious belongings in case they needed to flee the path of destruction that roars toward them.
Why I telling you all this? I mean, I’m sure you have better things to do than worry about rural Montana, right?
I’m telling you about this because I want to remind you to BE CAREFUL as you enjoy your July 4th Independence Day extravaganzas!
One stray spark and you can literally turn your party into an inferno!
If you’re camping or playing in the woods, PLEASE EXERCISE SAFETY!
Please be careful where you point those sparkleys!
Please make sure that the remains of your fireworks displays are extinguished! Put a bucket of water next to your display area!
Please make sure that campfires are out and doused with water after you’re through roasting , burgers, hot dogs and marshmallows!
Please exercise safety in every aspect of your celebrating!
The lives you save… may be your own!