That Escalated Quickly

Crop/grass fire west of town currently in progress. Farm trucks are staging at the arena.

Update. As of this evening, the wind has dropped and they’re mopping up hotspots. No damage to buildings or homes, afaik.

Morning after update: some of the damage.

17 Replies to “That Escalated Quickly”

  1. What’s to burn? Quick Dick’s field stubble?

    PS … please tell me that’s an especially windy day in Sask.?

    1. I hope that was field stubble … and not crop that burned. Looks nice and dry … and with that wind … somebody did a hell of a job stopping that fire.

      Oh! I know … they’re REAL working people, who make decisions quickly and attack the problem. They don’t sit around in their “command center” ensuring there are enough Native people’s receiving hazard pay to fight the fire.

  2. I grew up in Saskatoon, and Regina. I have relatives in Macklin and Assiniboia. There are no calm days in Saskatchewan because there is nothing to stop the wind. And the current wind speed is 23 kph, with gusts to 53 kph so it isn’t unusual. I have been in my fair share of prairie dust storms and these speeds are nothing.

      1. From experience, those friggin winds are an evil menace in a hot, dry harvest. They swirl and pack chaff around mufflers, exhaust manifolds, gearboxes and what have you…
        Best precautions- regular inspection, on- board water supply, nearby water truck, tractor with deep-tillage or disc! Oh, and a phone!

  3. that tractor plowing a break, should be warning to antifa and BLM, if they decide to take their shit to the countryside, farmers are self reliant

  4. I’ve been close to some big fires in the Bush. Marianna lakes, 1995; firebag river around 2008, mcmurray a couple of years ago… La Ronge…
    And the prairie fires scare the daylights out of me. The speed of these is incredible. You don’t want to be on the downwind side. Ever.
    It’s on the far side of a 1/4.
    30 seconds later it’s crossing the grid in front of you. Scary as hell.

    Stay safe

  5. Back in the day, spouse and I were heading south towards Spokane, Washington, when we stopped to help another vehicle heading north. Can’t remember the details, but that vehicle had started a fire which went up the bank and was heading out of control. There were a fair few of us trying desperately – and unavailingly – to stop the fire’s progress by trying to stamp it out. Was never so glad as when uniformed men turned up and told us to stand down; they would take over. As it was, spouse coughed for most of the night as had inhaled rather too much smoke.

    It was a good lesson about how fast a fire can get out of control; might not – at my years – care to repeat the exercise, but we’re glad we did what we could. And really grateful for the quick response of professionals.

  6. Dry Hot Windy

    It’s not unusual for dust and chaff to accumulate and smoulder on the combine exhaust or turbo. A quick squirt and you’re on your way again.

    The wind can swirl up a pile of dust and chaff very quickly and then, when the combine turns, the embers are exposed to the wind and scatter over the field. That was the story on a field fire SE of Swift Current this afternoon. It doesn’t take long for 50 people to show up with water trucks and other equipment and a half hour later the fire is contained.
    Fortunately the wind has been dying down for night.