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Old March 23rd, 2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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I pulled up into my driveway Wednesday afternoon to find a tunnel of smoke. Turns out we had rotting wood and dry leaves catch fire. I have no idea how long it was burning and it's pretty charred out there. One maple is black 8' up.
The flames were just creeping up towards our electrical box and propane tank.
Could have been real nasty.

I still can't get these photos to show up.

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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thats a scary thought huh
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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Im glad it wasnt worse.
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neighbor kid find a new lighter?
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I don't know if it's true or not but my dad told me that a log will produce as much heat rotting away and if it were to burn. Put some insulation over it like leaves and I can see how it would do that.
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I remember digging in a pile of grass clippings when I was a kid. It was so hot in the middle I couldn't holds my hand in it.
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My dad has a contract to take the city mulch at his farm. Often we will see piles smoking and smoldering. A few years ago one lit itself on fire, a buddy of mine and myself placed sprinklers around it and it took hours to put out.

And I don't remember this, but when I was a baby my parents were refinishing the kitchen and left some rags with varnish on the counter. They lit up in the middle of the night and destroyed our kitchen. Only reason we survived was because the cat freaked out, got on my brothers face and woke him up.

Cat probably didn't give a shit about us, but wanted out of the damn house :)
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Wouldn't this be kind of the same as putting wet hay in a barn?
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Wouldn't this be kind of the same as putting wet hay in a barn?
It all depends on what is in it.
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That's what my boss said.

I went back out there today to check it and it really looks like it started in the wood pile that's been there for 6 years. The flames must have been rather high since the maple tree that's near it is charred higher than I can reach. I'm 5'1".
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My dad has a contract to take the city mulch at his farm. Often we will see piles smoking and smoldering. A few years ago one lit itself on fire, a buddy of mine and myself placed sprinklers around it and it took hours to put out.

And I don't remember this, but when I was a baby my parents were refinishing the kitchen and left some rags with varnish on the counter. They lit up in the middle of the night and destroyed our kitchen. Only reason we survived was because the cat freaked out, got on my brothers face and woke him up.

Cat probably didn't give a shit about us, but wanted out of the damn house :)
I read in the Port Huron paper yesterday that they are going to start allowing the regular landfills to start taking yard waste again and that they'll put the mulch people out of business. The article also said that the landfills would have to add more pipes to "flame off" the methane.
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Im glad it wasnt worse.
Thanks. I'm glad it wasn't a real windy day and I bet my neighbor to the south was too. His horse barn is on the edge of the woods and it's old and dry.
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Our horse manure pile stays hot all winter long.
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