THREE ELEMENTS FOR FIRE are oxygen, heat, and fuel.
A STORY: Karen’s friend, Bob, went up into her attic to check the source of an odd odor. He found a bird nest. An uncovered vent had allowed a bird to enter the attic. Bird nest? That doesn’t sound so far out, does it? But this bird nest was about 30 in circumference and about 20 inches high. It required a 40 gallon yard bag to hold all of it. They disposed of it, no harm done. But curiously it was not the source of the odor.
If you know me well, you know my family believes strongly in God’s day by day personal guidance and care. I’ll be blunt about it. I believe the odd smell was a “lure” from the Lord to check the attic. We thank Him because the nest was discover and removed.
Why exactly was that so important? Because two of the elements of fire were present, the oxygen and the fuel. Heat could have been generated by the hot summer sun. We are glad that possibility no longer exists.
I LIKE THIS SMOKEY OF 1944. He is right that “Care will prevent forest fires.” I don’t know about the 9 out of 10. That slogan has sort of been replaced with “only you can prevent forest fires.” Ask my family, they will tell you I am dreadful to live with when they are burning trash, tree limbs, etc. They cannot rest from me until the last ember is gone!
Nature has provided the elements of fire. Sometimes they get wildly out of control. Oxygen is always present; heat is caused by carelessness/arson or natural causes/lightning. Only thing remaining is the fuel.
One thing we can do now without trillions printed and spent on “climate control.” That is remove the fuel. Remove the undergrowth by controlled fires or at least keep the grass and other brush cleaned out for several yards away from the highways.
Written for SoCS https://lindaghill.com/category/stream-of-consciousness-saturday/ hosted by Linda G. Hill whose prompt this week is “a picture from wherever.” I am also entering it in Debbie Smith suggested “6 word title.” https://travelwithintent.com/2022/06/11/looking-deep-into-the-enticing-well/
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