Well, the old fire truck and tanker truck got used today. There was a wheat stubble and grass fire south of us about 20 miles. The wheat had been cut a week ago. Thank goodness. A standing wheat fire is horrendous! It started at the corner of the state highway and a county road. Spread quickly. It looks like it burned about 200 or so acres. The small community of Washtucna called for mutual aid right around lunch time. So, Cameron took the tanker. Jake (Cameron's Dad) and I took the fire truck. All EMT's and fire fighters are volunteers. We do have to be certified. It was on the South side of the road so it did stay pretty much contained. If it jumped the road and headed North, it would have been ugly! There was standing wheat and range ground. Nothing to stop it for miles and miles. It was also windy which is never good in a fire! Here are a few pictures.
They had 2 tractors with disc's. They go around the edge of the fire to create a fire break.
Some of the fire from my vantage point.
A whirl wind, or dust devil. Full of soot. This is how fire also spreads.
Our 5000 gallon tanker truck. I operate it by filling up the fire trucks and handing out water.
Our 1500 gallon fire truck. Cameron is driving and Jake runs the hose. Coming to get more water.
The other side of the road this old barn is grateful.