Post a Pic Tuesdays– Juniper Burn, or the Desolation of Stupid

As is occasionally the case with country living, accidents will happen.  In this case, a stray spark led to a small brush fire, scorching juniper that had run wild over the landscaping (which was a nice side effect) but also nailing our plum and cherry trees (which was a not so nice side effect).  We got to meet the fine folks of Snohomish Fire District 4 who arrived very very quickly and immediately got the fire under control.  It looks bad from the road, but it’s a fairly small burn.

Here’s some pictures of it all

Burnt Holly

The fire hit this English holly, another invasive that will now be easier to dispense with.

Window View

Taken from the window, not long after the firemen (and one lady) put the blaze out.

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Scorched juniper

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The flames went right up-hill due to it being a breezy day.

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The burn revealed old terrace landscaping that had become hidden under mounds of juniper bushes, now burnt bare.

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That untreated cedar fence was going to be firewood. Heh.

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Poor plum tree, no plums this year. 😦

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Closer view of the old terracing and the poor plum tree of love.

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It spread through the grass up hill, but was beaten back, so our pasture is fine.

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The juniper hid a lot of hard work landscaping this place.

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Poor cherry tree! The stump is fine, though!

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This is well up-hill, it spread in less than ten minutes. This is why rural areas need multiple fire districts.

Desolation of stupid is my husband’s name for the burned area.  The Juniper Burn is mine.  It looked worse than it is.  The grass is likely to come back, it doesn’t look like anything was burned to death, but with no leaves, the juniper will be much easier to clear out and replace with fruit trees or bushes.  While the fire was going on, it was stressful, but it was over quickly.  I took the girls and kept them out of trouble.  My oldest was thrilled and wanted to help the firemen.  My youngest smelled the smoke and was scared and unhappy.  Funny how personality differences come through even at very young ages.

Anyway, due to this accident, we’re going over our property and will be working to clear fire hazard plants out now while there is still frequent rain.  And if things go very well, we’re going to go ahead and throw some sheep out to graze down some of the brush in the next week or two.  Sheep are great at eating plain grass and also knocking out underbrush.  Their dining habits blend cow and goat, skewing more towards one or the other depending on breed.

Life is a strange business, but we’re glad to have good neighbors and firefighters.

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2 thoughts on “Post a Pic Tuesdays– Juniper Burn, or the Desolation of Stupid

  1. Pingback: Post a Pic Tuesday: Juniper Fern | Food, Farming and Faith in Snohomish County

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