Thursday, April 18, 2013

Smoke gets in your eyes.....

The last couple of weeks there have been some hazy lazy days of spring.
Yesterday as the sun was setting the sun was mellowed out by the smoke in the area. Usually the setting sun is a clear orange orb but this time it was just washed out.
Last week there was a substantial fine on one of the mountains south of town called Estribo. It went for about two days and I don't think it did much damage. There seems to be quite a lot of fires that are burning on the side of the roads, Last week there was a grass fire that burned about 20 acres about 1 km down the road from us.

I understand it damaged part of a horse barn but that was about it. Living in our forest we are always on the look out for something that may cause fires to start, trying to keep dry weeds and misc stuff that people throw by the road is always a chore.

We had a fire at the next property to ours about two years ago which filled the house with smoke and caused us some minor smoke damage.  There is nothing worse than visiting the coast than to smell the smoke of burning coconuts and palm fronds.

Fires are one of the things that I worry about the most since our house is in the middle of 20 acres of trees. Some dry, some not so dry but all of them fuel for the right set of circumstances.

Mexico seems to use burn the crops to a new meaning, when you seem them burn garbage and pretty much anything that will burn, right about now, since they are in preparation for the rainy season to start late next month. .

Hopefully they will come and wet down the dry ground, it appears that the southern US is having their own issues of the lack of rain.

At the top of our property we have a flat plateau which is about 4 to 5 acres, We had grown corn and potatoes up there in past years and I was considering putting in a rain storage pond to trap some of the rain water to use for irrigation the rest of the  year.
That's one of the projects on the list, not sure when I'll get around to it, but it's on there.

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