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)
long sleeve cotton shirt
cotton canvas coat
6. Prepare a horse evacuation kit:
equine first aid kit
7. Prepare dog evacuation kit:
Collars and leashes
8. Check on our personal (already prepared) 72 hour emergency kit
Does anyone have any other suggestions? Or questions?