Mike and I had come to the farm at Gilbert last Monday to assess the wind and fire damage that occurred Saturday, August 29th. At that time State of Idaho Fire Crew 6 was here tending the fire, which burned approximately ten acres and then smoldered in the draw.
We came back to the farm yesterday morning (Friday, Sept. 4), and Mike immediately set to work cleaning up the fallen pine tree that landed just at the edge of the north field below the yard. At lunch, he said he could use help, so I set aside the scheduled dusting and cleaning of counters (hopefully I will still get it done or be forgiven) and went to help him. We piled slash into the small trailer pulled by the 4-wheeler and made many trips to the burn pile on the other side of the pond. Mike also cut limbs into firewood. By 3:00 we were both tired, but Mike said rain was predicted for tomorrow so he would keep at it. I agreed to continue helping.
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We had seen the fire crew come in about noon and head down to the draw on the north side of the field just out of sight. About 3:30, Laura, the crew chief, came walking across the field. “I have a crew of six and two chain saws,” she said. “Could you use some help?”
And – I probably wouldn’t have thought of this, but they made a nice straight cut and delivered this enchanting ornamental piece to our porch. It’s perfect for this place in my estimation.
The crew boss said the fire in the draw had been out for two days as required and she would “call it out” this evening. They would finish other work and then return to Boise in a day or so. KW