Fire Day 5 – Edgewood FD Doing a Great Job

Edgewood Fire Department - Brush 1

After watching the humming birds for awhile this AM I walked down to where yesterdays fire had been in the back ravine. Still a lot of smoldering logs and a tree that is still standing and I think will come down before the day is over. It is smoldering about 20 feet up the trunk. It will get weak at that point and fall. Could scatter more burning embers around the area, and maybe more fires. As I walked back to the house Sue was pointing to the back pasture and telling me that there was smoke coming from that area. Trouble with living here is everything is at least a hundred yards away. By the time I got to the fire, back to get a shovel and back to the fire, it had grown and was to hot for to stay in there. Sue called the Fire Department again.

This one delivers 1,500 gallons

The Edgewood Fire Department came through again. Here in no time and had everything under control. Great job again today as in days past. I know these guys with the Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department have other jobs but their service to the Edgewood community is outstanding. From the Sullivan household, thank you very much.

From the Corner of the House

One of the firefighters told me that the low humidity was the problem. They can hose down an area and in no time it is dry again and susceptible to fire again. All it takes is a flying ember from other smoldering logs and trees. This could go on for days. Everyone pray for rain.

I know that what is happening here in the Edgewood area is small compared to the fires in other parts of the state.  Without the help of the volunteers from the Edgewood Fire Department it would be much worse in our area. Thanks again for a job well done.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how this started Last Sunday.

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Fire Day 4 – Scroll down the page for the rest of the story.

Day 4 fire north of the house.

I have a big window by my computer station. I’ve been watching the smoke from a downed tree smolder all day. Yesterday I soaked it and thought it might go out but I guess not. About 1:30 I decided to walk out and check on it. The firefighter had already been out 4 times on this area behind (west side) the house. While walking toward the smoldering tree in the back, I looked to my side and flames in the ravine were 30 feet high. I called 911 again and shortly first truck show up and a few minutes later another. Both used all the water they had, walked around the perimeter to make sure nothing was still burning outside the fire area. There are still many smoldering logs and trees in the ravine and they will go on for several days. There is a thick fog of smoke floating across the backyard now. It is getting to close to the house.

I can’t move the house, but later today I’ll move the motor home to a safer area.

I know there are many fires going in Texas now. One of the firefighters from Edgewood, Tx told me they have one of their crews in Longview, TX. We were just beginning to feel safe when this one flared up. Another sleepless night. Thank God for the firefighters and all their efforts. God bless them.

Sue and I had planned to go to First Monday and move more of our sales items but we were to tired. She went to get a few consignment items and take them back to the owners. We will get the balance tomorrow, I hope. I’m glad one of us stayed home today.

My kids and grand kids should should remember this ravine, this is the one we crossed to get to the 3 acres north of the house.

Fired up again

12:00 PM Monday
I tried to put another one out myself, but could not cover all the basses and the hose from the house was not long enough. Had to call 911 again and the Edgewood Volunteer Department was here in no time. Thanks guys. I still see smoke coming from several places where logs are still burning. Keep an eye on it.

Smoking Gun

Smoking Gun

I took a drive this morning, over to the neighbors place and back on 3104. I think the fire behind the house jumped there. There is no fire line leading to this area. Looks like the fire started on 3104 in an open field. The way the wind was blowing Sunday, I’ll bet it went fast.

Early holiday celebration with fireworks?

Burning Embers AM Follow Up

At daylight I put on my hiking boots to see the back part of the property. This is the backyard with smoke still coming from the woods behind the house. Not bad if you see back in the woods behind this.

This is our backyard this morning.

Its quite a struggle for me to go beyond the ravine that cut across our place. But I wanted to see what it looked like from the direction that the fire took.

The fire came from this direction

Over this rise

This is one of the ravine that cut across the north end of our place. Hope I can still climb up there.

Fire still burning in the revene

This is the north 3 acres

This is my neighbors place

There is still a lot of burning logs on the ground. There are many very old oak trees in this area. I hope they don’t die.  I hate to see old oak trees die. We’ve lost a lot in east Texas from the drought.

Darcy said to be prepared. That was my first thought.

This week Sue and I decided to get a space at Canton Trade Days (First Monday) and try to raise a little extra money. Sunday afternoon, Sue got a call from her daughter Carla concerning a fire near our house. I headed out from First Monday to check on the fire when I got a call from Carla that she had loaded the dogs and cat and left the house and said she could see flames just beyond the creek that is north of the house. Now I’m really concerned, I know how many pines we have around the house and they go up like roman candles.
Coming down highway 19 toward the house, I could see smoke from the general direction of our house. The closer I got, the more it looked like it could be our house. As I turned onto CR 3103 I was now behind the Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department and they turned down the drive to our house. Another had turned down the drive leading to my neighbors house. As I came down our drive the smoke was so thick I could not see the house. So thick that for a bit I was afraid to drive on to the house.

One of the First Responder

I pulled over into the field that I had used for a garden at one time to wait and see what was going on. Another fire truck pulled past me and I followed him to the house. The firemen had passed our house and went as far as they could to the back of our property. There was much smoke and I could see flames in the ravine that crosses our property. At this point I went into the house to get a few things of value and our medicine. I had been on the phone with Sue a couple of times and she was closing our First Monday Store and coming home. For some reason I grabbed the camera and started taking pictures of all the furniture and stuff for insurance purposes if needed. This is when I really started thinking of Darcy’s blog about preparedness
I was carrying things to my truck when I saw flames jump sky high from the trees along the creek behind the house. I summoned the firemen working at the north end of the property and they sent one of their trucks. This was a pickup pulling a water buggy with a gas pump. Worked really well and did the job of containing the fire at this point. I got the water hose to keep this area under control while they went back to another hot spot. They had to come back to this spot several times to contain the fire.

Flying Low

Help from above in the form of a couple of crop dusters.  One of these guys was really fast. They flew so low you didn’t know they were there until they were just overhead. They flew low and fast making numerous passes they flew with a watchful eye after the fire was out.  I’ll have to find out later who they were. What a job.

Another Plane Dumping Water

They were so fast I was not able to get really good pictures of them.

It was quite impressive.

Many Thanks to these Guys

More to come tomorrow.

Fire Trucks on the north end of property.

By now Tonja and Richard (Sue’s daughter and son-in-law) had arrived. They were setting out sprinklers to wet the dry grass around the house. Later Tonja, Sue, Richard and I got out with the tractor and cleaned up the dry pine needles around the house. What a help they all were.

Tonja, Richard, Fireman and the plane dumping water.

I wish this was a better picture.

Firemen working in the underbrush

3 AM next morning.

Fire still burning in creek.

Carla woke Sue and I up at 3:00 am and said the fire had started again. I got dressed and went out to see what was happening. Carla and I got the water hose pulled out to the back fence just in case it got worse. A cool front had come in and the wind was making some of the logs blaze up again. We watched for a couple of hours to make sure they did not spread. Even at 6:00 am I can still see burning embers. Danger still is not passed. Late yesterday we had a few light rain showers but not enough to do much good. It has now cooled off to 68 degrees. What a relief from all the heat Texas has had for the last month.

6:00 AM

There is still a lot of smoke coming from the woods behind the house.

This fire started on VZCR 3104 which is north of us about 3,000 feet. Carla and Sue had heard fireworks from that direction earlier in the day. Maybe that was the cause. I’ll drive around and take a look this am and see where all the damage is. At this point all I know is what happened on our property and some of what happened on my neighbors property. As far as I know, there was no property loss.

Special thanks to the volunteer fire department from Edgewood and Wills Point. I’m sure there were others helping, but these are the only ones I saw on our property.

Thank God for Carla. She and her daughter had made plans to go to Six Flags this day, but for whatever reasons they stayed home. Had they not been here to direct the firemen to our property things could have been much worse.

Thank God, everyone is safe.