Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
My Father-in-law's cropland borders a draft horse show barn's property. Last fall, a train passing through on the south side of that field sparked a fire, which caught the dry stalks left in the field as the corn had already been harvested. In 10 minutes, that field was a wall of flames and burning toward the horse farm a mile away driven by wind. My FIL was called immediately by another neighbor, and he, two other neighbors, and a passer-by were out plowing a fire break around the horse property to try to save it within minutes, and passers-by were helping carry items out of the house and grabbing halters and catching horses. Thankfully, there were three trailers on the property and people simply backed up pickups, hitched, and started loading horses. Since the show semi trailer was already hitched, horses were being loaded in that, too, and hauled out-- Amish neighbors were spraying water on the buildings and soaking horses and leading them out tied behind buggies. Other neighbors were cutting down the dry pine trees south of the house that, if caught, would have ignited the house, which would have ingited the barn.
Thanks to quick action by all and the fire department, the fire jumped the fire break in only one spot, and only one pasture was burned and the buildings were saved. Every horse was gotten out safely in under 20 minutes-- including show horses, broodmares, breeding stallions, foals, weanlings and yearlings. Had the fire caught the house and barn, no horses would have been hurt. Even the farm dogs and all but one cat had been caught and removed. It's a sobering thought that had someone not seen the fire when they did, had people not dropped everything to help, had the farm equipment been put away for the winter and not easily put into service to plow that fire line, and had the horses not all been so easy to catch, handle, and load the outcome could have been very different. To top it off, the property owners were not home-- they were at a birthday party for a friend and 40 miles away while they almost lost their farm and horses and livelihood.
Even if you don't live in a 'fire area' fires can happen.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 08-06-2017 at 06:35 PM.