I had a good day today. I got up early, even though it’s my day off, and went outside to do some much needed yard work. I mowed, weed-whacked and burned some old brush that had been sitting in the back yard (left from the previous owner). I even filled in some low spots around the house (under the sidewalk, next to the egress, etc) with some extra sand from another project.
It was productive. I was “on fire” and my To Do list was dwindling to nothing.
We have one of those little, round metal fire pits that I used to burn the brush in. By about 10:30, there were no more flames, just some ashes. I let them sit there until about 2:45, when I decided to dump them into a ditch next to the tree in our back yard. This “ditch” was where the dry brush was left from the previous owner. The fire pit was cool to the touch and I didn’t think anything of it.
Until 30 minutes later.
Bethany had gone outside to meet the boys as they came off of the bus when a neighbor came up to her and said…”Do you know your tree is on fire?”
Apparently, the ashes were still not quite extinguished and with it being so dry, they ignited some of the leftover brush….and my tree.
It wasn’t too bad, but with it being so dry it could have become a lot worse.
Thankfully the Meadowbrook Fire Department was just a phone call away.
Below is a video of the damage.