Xterra Fire Escape

XterraRising Jun 28, 2020

  1. XterraRising

    XterraRising Test Drive

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  2. CHUG

    CHUG Wheeling Supporting Member

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    amazing how fast fire spreads, in those grass.. keep safe. Keep your area wet..
     
  3. XterraRising

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    Turned on my sprinklers before I left.
     
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  4. westslope

    westslope First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    XterraRising: Big thumbs up for staying relaxed and making the best of a bad situation.

    In 2017, when the wildfire started across the river from us and then tore north, transported by steady up river/south to north 60 to 80 km/h winds, all the areas that were irrigated, cleared and/or grazed were spared.

    The east side of the river was spared too. That was easily predicted in advance as the inter-mountain valley convection air movements at that time of year are well behaved and relatively stable.

    Unfortunately where I live most folks appeared to have missed those high school geography class lessons on convection air movements. Most folks appear to experience the outdoors through the windshield of an automobile. I mention all this, because folks in our village went into hyper-vigilant panic mode for no substantive reason other than sheer ignorance. Sad.

    Two First Nation communities, one immediately to the north of us and the other in the Chilcotin district half a days drive to the north of us defied RCMP evacuation orders and saved all the infrastructure in their communities.

    A wildfire where we live strikes me as a 1/50 to 1/100 year event, i.e., low probability but a potentially nasty outcome. Those who pay attention will notice that British Columbians rarely die in forest fires or sage brush steppe wildfires. Contrast that to the US experience where folks die on a regular basis in large part thanks to the extensive penetration of low-density suburbs into semi-arid forests.

    In this household, we are stocked up on p100 filter masks and have no intention of leaving if a fire starts. The prime strategy is to prevent the neighbour's house to the south from catching fire or burning too close to us.
     
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  5. XterraRising

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    Yeah thank God for fire fighters. My shed is a write off, but they saved my home. But dang, it got close. When we get to go home today, I’m gonna walk the property before I call my home inspector to assess the damage and make sure we don’t have smoke damage. Our smoke detectors were going nuts around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. I was watching one of our indoor cameras and could see the flames coming up to our property line. So I’m worried about smoke damage.

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  6. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    shiat that was close! Glad your house is OK.
     
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  7. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Wow! But at least you made it through safely and the house is still standing.
     
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  8. BEEFY

    BEEFY I Smile when Gasoline Can Freeze

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    that is far to close for comfort. Glad you are safe.
     
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  9. CHUG

    CHUG Wheeling Supporting Member

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    I would be using that fire line, for Digging a Nice sprinkler system with outward spray to enhance that Micro climate.. Just to slow it down till Hose draggers show up & or Air Red goo Or Water Drop.

    That is too dang close.. Them plastic fence do not fare well.
     
  10. TheCrabby1

    TheCrabby1 Sliders Supporting Member

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    I'm glad the house and it's content's survived and you and your's are safe :) I agree with Chug about an in ground irrigation system with extra sprinkler head's aimed toward's the house and maybe some mounted on the roof [ keep the plumbing line's outside if possible ] Make it look like a rain forest when you turn it on . I'd be buying some lottery ticket's if I's you !!
     
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  11. XterraRising

    XterraRising Test Drive

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    We have sprinklers back there. Probably part of the reason the grass didn’t burn. I set it to just run before I left.
     
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  12. XterraRising

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    Our back yard is basically a field. The wind was gusting over 60 mph, so the fire moved fast. The fire crews were fighting the fires at the property lines and were getting ready to triage which houses they’d have to let burn. Then the wind shifted and sent the fire up the mountain. I’m not sure my house would have survived much more of it. The trees in my front yard all have burned and dead leaves.

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  13. CHUG

    CHUG Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Buy 200 pounds of Casoron. and make a Dirt dead zone.
    that was a HOT FAST FIRE.!!. can see heat damage to the rails on house..

    be Leary of snakes they will be tad grumpy..
     
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  14. XterraRising

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    Yeah the mice, voles, cotton tails, and jacks have been out in full force. My dog has been sniffing them out. The land is actually owned by the city, so I’m going to petition them to fix the fire break behind our house. But yeah, we are gonna remove the brush that’s left and kill the rest with chemicals.
     
  15. Zack.

    Zack. First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    that close I would be worried as well - though it seems it was shut down relatively quickly, so fingers crossed. If it was hopefully your insurance will cover professional cleaning.
     
  16. TheCrabby1

    TheCrabby1 Sliders Supporting Member

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    As bad as the shed is it look's like the house made out pretty good . If the Ins company is replacing a few thing's have you thought of a Terra-cotta roof and maybe stucco or aluminium/steel siding just to be a little more fire resilient ? Hope the smoke damage isn't too bad...........
     
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  17. XterraRising

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    Our house is stucco. We will likely get a new shed, so I’m going to opt for a narrower, longer design so I can park an ATV or a side-by-side in it.
     
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  18. Richard

    Richard Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Glad your house is ok. The dog is like what the hell.

    PS-Fireworks are so fun right?
     
  19. XterraRising

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    Most likely cause by a campfire getting out of control when the winds picked up.
     
  20. Richard

    Richard Bought an X Supporting Member

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  21. XterraRising

    XterraRising Test Drive

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    Wrong fire. That was the Traverse Mountain fire. That was caused by fireworks. The fire that threatened my house is The Knolls Fire. Fire season in Utah showcases a new wildfire every other day, and by mid-August, even I have a hard time keeping them straight.
     
  22. Richard

    Richard Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Ok thanks.

    But again glad your all safe.
    Southern Oregon here well versed in fire seasons.
     
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  23. XterraRising

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    I appreciate it. As a PNW native myself, I’m all too aware of the fire seasons that plague Washington and Oregon.
     
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  24. XterraRising

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    Looks like the damage to my shed is repairable. The floor is toast, literally. There was an area in the corner that has some scorch to it, and of course the vinyl siding melted off, but the sheathing paper wasn’t damaged. So I’d be happy if I can just replace the floor, damaged siding, and the broken window.

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    Right now, we are staying at a hotel while the disaster cleanup companies clean up the smoke damage to our house. But I’ll consider myself lucky my house survived.
     
  25. CHUG

    CHUG Wheeling Supporting Member

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    That is close.. seeing those Carbon marks inside. Another hour or less, POOF gone..
    Next siding you going to add more fire resistant siding?. Next fire in your area will be in 140 years.. haha.

    Good time to make it into Mancave!
     

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