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Olliejunkie
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Mowing in dry California Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I try to keep my grass cut when its green or wet. Not allowed to use power equipment here when theres a fire danger.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Mowing in dry California Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How would a tank mounted on the front of the tractor filled with water be for dousing the fire. 100 gallon aut to do it. could even put an electric pump on it to spray with for less water consumption during your fire fighting job. Would only have to grab the wand and hit the switch never even have to get off. Might have to turn it around.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Mowing in dry California Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't really know about that. If fire dept. noticed I had a fire extinguisher, and used it up. Probably nothing. Stan
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Mowing in dry California Reply to specific post Reply with quote

With fire danger and mowing, is wind speed considered too? At minimum I would have a backpack sprayer handy. I would save the extinguishers for a backup or equipment fires. It's fairly surprising how little water is needed to put a grass fire out before it gets too big. Most fire extinguishers only last 10-20 seconds. Plus if you don't think you need water, you can use it to quench hot spots after containment.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:50 am    Post subject: Re: Mowing in dry California Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I remember one year there was a burn ban here in PA in March when everything was still dead from winter and nothing had started to grow. There was no snow for a few weeks and no rain so things got dry.

Most of the time here in PA we are hoping for a stretch of days with no rain. I've never seen it so dry here that a rock strike from a mower might cause a fire.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Mowing in dry California Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Several years ago when it was drier than usual in NE Mont., several fires were
started by swathers cutting dry prairie grass hay and they hit a rock and made a spark.
That's all it took!!
Fortunately, all were discovered by the operators almost immediately
and all were carrying those air charged water extingushiers and shovels,
and none of then caused any damage.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 3:57 am    Post subject: Re: Mowing in dry California Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I had a pasture fire get away from me to the neighbors land when the wind shifted. What worked real good with foot tall grass and 2-3 foot tall flames was a snow shovel. One whack with a snow shovel would kill most of the fire under it. Basically worked the line from behind and got it before it spread too far. Had a friend with a wide, flat metal snow shovel and I used a wide, flat plastic one. The plastic one warped so it isn't any good for snow and the aluminum one got bent but I keep them handy for fires as they are light and easy to swing. Much easier than a grain scoop or a burlap bag with a bucket of water. I don't think my garden sprayer would have touched those flames and fire trucks can have a dickens of a time putting out fires with their pumps and nozzles.

I don't think the neighbor would have cared if I burnt his pasture too but with the wind shift I didn't have a back burn set up on his place. One pasture runs north and south with crop ground on either side so I had waited for a wind out of the east and I back burned by the state highway ditch so it didn't get on their right of way.
 
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