Fire Preprardedness

Fear and fire, or maybe I should just say worry and fire. After my nightmares last night a person can’t help but think, “what if . . . ”

With the wind yesterday of 100 km or more my cowboy made the comment something to the effect that it would be a bad day for a fire.

We grew up in windy country and shake our heads at the 8 foot wide fire guards some of the EID pasture have around their perimeters. We know that a wind can carry fire clear across the river, never mind over 8 feet of dirt.

Whole towns in southern Alberta were evacuated yesterday: Coalhurst (where the fire jumped the river from the Blood Indian Reserve) over by Lethbridge plus Milk River, closer to the US border was evacuated to Raymond.

I also heard via Facebook that there were a couple of fires at Etzicom and at the Lost River down by Manyberries. Some one said their heart sunk when the fire crews left there headed to another fire further west (which must have been the Milk River fire).

So my motto is: “He (in my case, she) who is prepared shall not fear. ” It’s a little different preparing when you have animals you care about.

So here is My Preparedness/evacuation Plan (so far)
1. Decide on two possible escape routes from yard
2. Point the truck and trailer for fast escape.
3. Leave keys in ignition
4. Have leather/cotton fire-halters and leads handy (Nylon melts).
5. Set aside my own fire clothes (cotton and leather only)
Denim jeans (matches in pocket)
cotton socks
long sleeve cotton shirt
leather gloves
leather boots
cotton bandana
cotton canvas coat
6. Prepare a horse evacuation kit:
Hay cubes
equine first aid kit
7. Prepare dog evacuation kit:
Dog food
Collars and leashes
8. Check on our personal (already prepared) 72 hour emergency kit

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Or questions?


6 responses to “Fire Preprardedness

  1. Living in the land of fire and having been one place from being on the wrong side of the evaculation line once, we stock up on backpacks when school season has all their great sales. We have an backpack for each of us, including animals. Once a year usually in the winter when the days are short and the nights are long we repack them replacing batteries etc. One of the most important I think is a phone call in list. We use relatives a state away to call in and let folks know we are ok. Sounds silly to use some one so far away, but from experience you can get separated, and that distant relative can be a great personal switchboard. Only two things I would add is a shovel and bolt cutters.

  2. Good to have a plan.
    Praying you don’t need to use it.
    *hugs* ♥

  3. I also have a dog crate. We have to be ready down here for hurricanes!

  4. Great advice, I wonder about filling some buckets or spare tubs with water to soak towels in etc if you are needing a filter for breathing in the smoke or to put out sparks

  5. That’s a pretty comprehensive list, I’d add water stored in the horse trailer and extra fire extinguisher in the truck ; maybe some rags that could be soaked and attached to halters if you have to go through a hot/smoky area.

  6. Important documents, insurance policies, medications, proof of vaccinations for dogs and horses, important photos, computer backup records, sleeping bags, etc
    Take a photo of the house/barn/vehicles before you evacuate.

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