These brush fires scare us – we have four drying rooms full of wood, not counting the sawdust and the stacks of logs. This is the second brush fire in two weeks. We used to put the sawdust in a pile outside the workshop. Not anymore. In 1999 the sawdust pile caught fire, and we couldn’t put it out. We emptied out our water tank on it; no luck. We hired a water transport truck and dumped that on it – three times. Finally we hired a backhoe and had it move the sawdust around while we poured water on. That did the trick. Took four days total.
I think we didn’t bother calling the fire department that time. Carlos, the private water guy can bring almost three times as much water as a public fire truck with its skinny little tank. And besides, he often gets there faster than the fire trucks.