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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pyromania. (Or Just Mania?)

A type of impulse control disorder, pyromania is an impulse to deliberately start fires to relieve tension and typically includes feelings of gratification or relief afterward. The term pyromania comes from the Greek word πῦρ ('pyr', fire).

I love fire! I love the beauty of it. The crackling sounds. The crisp smell of smoke.

After today I may retire of my lame pyromania however.

but I am getting ahead of myself. Let me begin the story.....

Its that time of year!

Time to start burning off the fields. This gets rid of early spring weeds and adds valuable carbon and nitrogen back to the soil.

We got the burn permit.

Plowed a fire line around the burn site.

Put the precaution of a plow standing by in case of emergency

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Notice that nice line of freshly plowed dirt there to contain the blaze?

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it didnt quite work!

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I wish I had my camera to show pictures of what happened next..

a gust of wind and soon the adjoining field was on fire. It was racing along at about 5 -10 miles an hour (slow) and the tractor was flying around it and at some heart stopping moments even through it.

A much wider fire line stopped it.

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About five acres later and about 50 feet short of the bee hives.

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The bees are fine.

The field is fine.

All of our heart rates have returned to normal.

Handsome Son and his fearless tractor driving saved the day!


  1. Wow, that's scary! I'm glad the people and the bees are all right.

  2. So scary! Fire just moves so fast and you feel so helpless. I went and checked on the bees again today.

    All is well, thank goodness.

    Thanks so much Clarissa


  3. You have such an exciting life. It's nice that you are chronacallizing, chronicalling, um writing all these things down cause some day you can reminice. Well, you are so smart with your greek work for pyro you can edit my spelling. lol. Thanks for all your posts. They are so facinating to read. Love them so much!!

  4. So glad to hear everyone is okay!

  5. Whew! That was close, huh? Interesting all the precautions you had in place, which ultimately DOD insure that nothing serious happened. Great pictures, thanks for sharing this!