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Icon 1 posted May 26, 2003 21:00      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
With the Memorial day weekend in the states we decided to take this opportunity to go camping on some land that we own. It was a great weekend to go camping and it kept us from having to decide if we stay at my folk's place or my in-laws place.

To make a long story short - we wanted to move our fire-ring and so on Saturday we got some more rocks and dug a hole for a new fire pit. We didn't dig up much sod around it though. We started a fire and it got away from us in the long grass. We were sure that since there was so much green compared to the little bit of dead stuff from last year it wouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately it was a problem. We attacked it with shovels and water dipped from the nearby marsh, but quickly realized that we had to call in the fire department. Several area volunteer fire departments showed up, along with some heavy equipment that plowed fire breaks, etc.

Overall about I'ld estimate that 15-20 acres burned. Mostly on our own land. No buildings were hit, and we even were able to get practially all our camping gear packed up and out of there after we called 911.

It was scary as hell! Fortunately most of the area burned was not heavily wooded, and the bigger trees will mostly survive the fire. No property loss, and no people hurt. Thank God!

This might even provide a good time to go in and plant a bunch of good tree varieites instead of the scrub that was mostly growing there. Unfortunately I'm sure that a number of squirls and other small wildlife lost homes in the old brush, woodpiles, and old stub tree trunks that burned.

All in all this was one of the stupidest things my wife and I have ever done. Now we have to figure out if we are going to be brave enough to go back there and camp again....

We did talk to the fire-fighters (helped where we could) and while we won't get a ticket because it was a legal campfire, we will probably get a bill for the fire-fighters. Now to see how insurance treats it.

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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2003 02:14      Profile for Slurpy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Heh.

My brother burned around 16 acres in Red River Gorge National Park, around '92 or so. He was sitting at the edge of a cliff with a buddy, lighting firecrackers and throwing them off the edge into the trees below. As soon as they noticed the fire, they went and got a park ranger. They helped the rangers put out the fire, but it was too late at that point. He neglected to mention the incident to my mother.

Boy, was she surprised when she opened up a letter with the heading: "The United States of America vs. Scott W. Girten."

Through some bizarre twist of fate, the prosecutor on the case had gone to law school with my mother's best friend, so they were able to talk him down to giving my bro and his friend to 200 hours of community service (the cumulative maximum penalty was something like 4 years in jail, and/or a several thousand dollar fine). God must be saving something good for the Girten clan, considering the number of scrapes we've gotten out of by pure luck and coincidence. . . [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2003 11:00      Profile for addiew   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
slurpy-
wow he lucked out! if I had done something like that I am sure I would still be in jail; I never get lucky

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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2003 14:50      Profile for THEM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Slurpy:
Heh.

...must be saving something good for the Girten clan, considering the number of scrapes we've gotten out of by pure luck and coincidence. . . [Razz]

no coincidence, no luck - WE have been helping just enough so that when WE do OUR thing, well, YOU know...

WE are just waiting for the right moment when WE will do OUR thing
YOU will not "get out of" the "scrape" we have in store for YOU

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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2003 15:40      Profile for Sinn     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Heh, I burned about 3 acres of woods when I was 4 years old.

I lived in an apartment complex in Atlanta, Georgia at the time. Me and another kid had found some matches and were lighting small piles of pine needles. One of the piles got out of hand and started spreading. In about 5 minutes it had spread to the entire patch of woods. There was another apt. complex on the back side of the woods, nearly touching the trees. It spread out there and actually burned and melted some peoples patio furniture.

Luckily my mom (the complex manager) saw the flames and called the fire department, who of course put out the fire.

There were no legal consequences, though my mother did make me go and apologize to the firemen.

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Oh yeah??? I used to burn ants with a magnifying glass!!!
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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2003 19:58      Profile for Sinn     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Oh yeah??? I used to burn ants with a magnifying glass!!!

Every summer I'd soak all the ant hills in my yard with gasoline and light em up. It was the only effective way to destroy an ant hill.

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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2003 22:33      Profile for neotatsu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Oh yeah??? I used to burn ants with a magnifying glass!!!

Hmm, I found a box of bottles of hair spray (nice highly flamable stuff, hehe) that were 8cents each.. I bought about 50 of them (the whole box, heh, I still have a couple left, actually...). I would take them out with my lighter, instant bug torch, back when I was about 8 or so.. I think the closest I came to starting a real fire was when I was 7, with a magnifying glass at school.. Actually, it was an interesting thing that had four magnifying glasses on it, so they could be used to start a fire, or used properly, could be a pair of binoculars, a real spiffy thing.. But, anywho, I lit a weed on fire in the middle of the playground, it burned a leaf on the weed and I was already stomping it out.. My scout training came in handy in all my other adventures with fire, I was never that stupid with it [Razz] (and it was a regular lawn weed, not what you pot heads are thinking [Razz] )

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quote:
Originally posted by neotatsu:
quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Oh yeah??? I used to burn ants with a magnifying glass!!!

Hmm, I found a box of bottles of hair spray (nice highly flamable stuff, hehe) that were 8cents each.. I bought about 50 of them (the whole box, heh, I still have a couple left, actually...). I would take them out with my lighter, instant bug torch, back when I was about 8 or so.. I think the closest I came to starting a real fire was when I was 7, with a magnifying glass at school.. Actually, it was an interesting thing that had four magnifying glasses on it, so they could be used to start a fire, or used properly, could be a pair of binoculars, a real spiffy thing.. But, anywho, I lit a weed on fire in the middle of the playground, it burned a leaf on the weed and I was already stomping it out.. My scout training came in handy in all my other adventures with fire, I was never that stupid with it [Razz] (and it was a regular lawn weed, not what you pot heads are thinking [Razz] )

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You do know I was being sarcastic, right??

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Icon 1 posted May 28, 2003 01:50      Profile for Slurpy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Oh yeah??? I used to burn ants with a magnifying glass!!!

Ha! That reminds me of when some friends and I used to cut limbs off of action figures, then use the magnifying lens to melt them back on [Roll Eyes] .

Looking back, I don't know HOW I managed to live through childhood. . .

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heh-anybody remember the tv series "Fridays" with Michael Richards, Brad Hall, etc? Richards used to play this little boy playing in the dirt with his action figures and destroying everything in sight-this thread just made me think of it.

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Icon 1 posted May 28, 2003 12:02      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey - I loved burning up ants with a magnifying glass. Real fun was finding out which ones made the biggest pop. Many just sizzled - but if you cooked them just right the big black ones would sometimes pop. Way too cool.
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Icon 1 posted May 28, 2003 12:37      Profile for Slurpy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
heh-anybody remember the tv series "Fridays" with Michael Richards, Brad Hall, etc? Richards used to play this little boy playing in the dirt with his action figures and destroying everything in sight-this thread just made me think of it.

I don't remember the series, but that was definitely me. Come to think of it, it's STILL me [evil] .
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Icon 1 posted May 28, 2003 13:16            Edit/Delete Post 
hm, when ants chewed through the wall and into our dining room, I tried tazing them with the piezo lighter from an old gas fire (had to let the spark jump to something metal like the radiator) - about 30,000 volts at low current. After about 10-15 sparks, ants would be pretty much incapacitated, but they could still get up and walk away later - it's an ineffective means to kill them.
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Icon 1 posted May 28, 2003 13:21      Profile for Slurpy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ha! I have a 100,000 volt stun gun. Insects REALLY don't like it. [Eek!]

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One of these days I'll get to shoot a fly with my little gadget that fires off a circular fly swat.

Otherwise, what do we have spiders for, eh? [Smile]

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snupy wrote:
heh-anybody remember the tv series "Fridays"

Actually, I do remember that series. The only bit I really remember well, though, is the diner of the living dead skit from their first show.

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