What’s Hot, What’s Not

Markie and David Martin look at images on Abby's camera from our magazine shoot at Ada Municipal Airport last night.
Markie and David Martin look at images on Abby's camera from our magazine shoot at Ada Municipal Airport last night.

Yesterday was another day in a long stretch of very hot days in our corner of the world. On top of that, it was an incredibly busy one for me, and one in which I worked outdoors quite a bit. Even after a long, hot day, I still needed to shoot, but my final item was the cover story for Ada Magazine, which Abby wanted to shoot, of David and Markie Martin. David has been a pilot since 1982, and Markie got her pilot certificate last year. Abby and I had a great time shooting, and it’s always great to have her work for me.

A Byng firefighter totes a hose through the woods behind our west pasture yesterday afternoon.
A Byng firefighter totes a hose through the woods behind our west pasture yesterday afternoon.

The middle part of the day was the most stressful. Just as I was heading out the door to go home and grab a camera for my three o’clock assignment, I heard dispatch page Byng Fire Department on a wildfire in the area of Catfish Kettle Road. As I drove toward home, they kept saying our address, although they also kept talking about fire in the woods. By the time I actually got home, I could see the woods behind our back pasture on fire, and just one brush unit on the scene to fight it. I pulled in and made some images, then as more fire fighting units arrived, I opened the RV and cranked up the air conditioner so they could cool off in there if they needed it (it turned out that they did.) They set up their incident command in our driveway, and called four other fire departments for assistance.

By the end of the day, they had it knocked down, and in the evening one of the brush trucks rumbled in again to check for hot spots. One of the guys speculated it may have started from lightning the night before.

Finally, by noon today a broad area of thunderstorms blanketed Oklahoma, the first significant rainfall we’ve had since May.

Two roll clouds move across downtown Ada this morning, a harbinger of a large area of rain that moved through by midday.
Two roll clouds move across downtown Ada this morning, a harbinger of a large area of rain that moved through by midday.
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5 Comments

  1. I’m glad to hear that you finally got a little rain. The drought is getting so bad here that the local news talks of little else.

    And glad the firefighters got the fire stopped in time; a few days ago near Bowlegs, firefighters save my aunt and uncle’s home with just a few minutes to spare.

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  2. The thing about those fires is that you can’t protect against them — it’s not like you can spray-foam the exterior of your house or wet it down every morning or….WAIT! Let’s dig a moat!

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  3. Nicole, there are several way to protect your home from wildfire:

    1. Remove “ladder fuels” such as shrubs and trees that are in contact or close to your home.
    2. Have the surrounding pasture cut and bailed periodically. The people who will do this will do it for free if you let them keep the hay.
    3. Unless keeping livestock inside fences, leave gates open and paths unobstructed so firefighters have easy access to your property and surrounding areas.

    We have done all three.

    Chele: instead of a moat, we were thinking about a jet ski during the week and a gondola on the weekends.

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