Friday, February 19, 2010

1998 Grass Fire

I knew it was a good idea to have some posts in draft. Since I am sick, I am going to share one from my reserves.

The year was 1998.

I was working at the local bar (right where it says 181), the day was like any other day. Same old faces and even the same old jokes, but we were all good friends. The customer average was probably twenty on a good day. This particular day we had maybe ten.

Sirens were heard. In our location that was a rarity. Folks were going outside to see what the commotion was about. The sirens were very very close.

My hubby was rounding the corner with our old 64' Chevy pick-up, he had our Rottweilers in the back. I knew instantly at the sight of the dogs, that something was wrong. He screeches up to the doors and hopes out in a panic. He starts unhooking the dogs, in a rush.

I'm yelling over the sirens and highway noise..What's wrong?
He yells back..Fire!!
I grab the dogs and he heads back before I can press for more info.
Just as soon as he is leaving, my bf and her hubby(M) and their dogs arrive.

It was a grass fire, it had started on the corner (Laguna and the yellow line) and it was all most all the way back to our houses (the green arrow).

M took me down the back way (top right of pic) to help hubby. There was still my car, clothes, cat, pics, ect.. to get and knew he couldn't do it all.

The smoke and heat were extreme. What did I find when I got there? My hubby standing there with a garden hose! There was no reasoning with the man, I grabbed all that was necessary and left as I was told.

Back up at the bar, I was in full panic mode. Worrying my fool head off, not just for hubby, but for our house (really it was a really old trailer, but we loved it). I was in tears, shaking and mindless with fear.

It's weird what kind of things get into your brain when faced with danger. Like..if we do lose the house where will we go? Where will the animals go? How will we start over? And so on, and so on..

Thankfully, hubby realized that the wind had shifted away from the house and left the fire fighting to the real fire fighters. He finally made his appearance at the bar a good 2 hours after I had left him with his garden hose. I was soo relieved to see him alive, but then I got mad. How could he leave me for hours (in a state of panic) not knowing if the fire had got him?

Fortunately, the Fire Fighters were able to get it under control and all houses were saved. Some barns didn't make it, but they were old and empty. We were allowed to go back home six hours later.

I tell you this story, cause from time to time hubby and I will recall it with some laughter.
Every time he does something along the lines of stupid, I will least that wasn't as bad as the day you tried to fight a fire with a garden hose!

See yall Monday, Have a good weekend!


Ocean Girl said... [Reply to comment]

We have fought grass fires with the garden hose!:) It would take 40 minutes for the firemen to reach our house.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Spot said... [Reply to comment]

Wow. For sure fires are scary. I can see my hubby doing the same thing. Lol.

There was a grass fire in the prairie near our house a couple of years ago and I was at work over a half hour away when I recieved the panicked call from Lu. I completely understand your absolute terror!! Luckily it got put out before it reached our house.


PS- feel better!

Nat said... [Reply to comment]

How scary! That's funny that your husband was ready with the hose. Although, if I were in the situation, I can't say I wouldn't have done the same thing. I feel like I would be so scared and would probably end up thinking I could do much more than I actually could to fix the problem. Haha. I'm so glad that everything ended alright.

Maureen@IslandRoar said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my God, how scary. Men!!
I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Take care and rest up!

Lucy said... [Reply to comment]

Would you please come to my blog and pick up an award I have for you, when you feel up to it.

Jerry said... [Reply to comment]

I'm sorry your sick -- and hope that you get better soon.

You picked an interesting story to re-tell. Fires are scary. It is good that everything worked out and that you can laugh about it now.

Best wishes.

Jerry said... [Reply to comment]

Damn! I hate to read over a comment that I made and immediately spot a glaring error.

Just know that 'your' is the French spelling of 'you're'. Sometimes I sneak a bit of French in just to show off!

Angelia Sims said... [Reply to comment]

Fires are sooo scary! Luckily it turned the other way and they got it out.

A garden hose is not the best defense but I think it's sweet how he tried to protect you and the house.

Feel better soon!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Ocean Girl...Wow you must live way out and away from the city! That is a little scary, that it would take them that long.

Suzicate...getting there, thanks!

Spot...LOL! Men being macho! Being that scared was the worst feeling, as you know.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Nat...Silly girl! You sound like you are fearless!

Maureen...Getting better, thanks. Men.

Lucy...I certainly will! Thank you soo much! You are such a sweetie!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Jerry...Thanks so much for the well wishes. I'm glad we can laugh about it too.

Jerry...LOL! I would have never noticed. I mess up with spelling all the time.

Angelia...Nice way to look at it, but he still gets a jab in the arm for scaring the bejevers out of me. LOL!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Glad that all was OK... Hope you are feeling better soon - I wish I was smart enough to keep some posts in reserve!

Dorothy said... [Reply to comment]

Hope you feel better soon, fire is so devastating and you never know for sure what the winds are going to do. Glad your were alright and can laugh now.

Dorothy from grammology