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Lightning Strike on tree!
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-10-2002 at 09:43:25       [Reply]  [No Email]

This was one of 5-lightning strikes around my home during the dryest time of the year! Note the dry grass all around. It happen at 12:30 at night and we got it out after it burned about 5 acres around it. Luckey I was watching for strikes because this one was at the top of our hill and I seen it happen or it would have got a lot bigger. The other 4 strikes in the area could not be stopped and this tree and a lot more are gone now. The total acres burned was 48,000+ and it burned for 2 weeks. This is why I have a lightning rod on the big tree next to the house. Brather have the strike come down the wire instead of the bark! This was a rough 2 weeks around here last September of 2001 that is when I fell off the roof putting up sprinklers to stop it from burning our place and broke my foot! The sprinklers are still perminley mounted and waiting for the next time. Mark H.


DeadCarp    Posted 06-10-2002 at 13:24:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a pretty good idea putting sprinklers along the ridge Mark, if even just to soak the ground by the walls. Then just charge them when you need them. Our neighbor had the neatest lawn sprinkling system years ago - he just used a pipe top rail on his chainlink fence and arranged his half-moons heads on it. While i mowed off popups, re-threaded rusty pipes, hacksawed sod back and wondered where the leak was, he was sipping tea.
I've always been a slow learner but the lessons stuck :)


Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-10-2002 at 17:29:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
The three sprinklers put out 40 gpm each and do a 160 ft circle per. I run them with a 120 gpm @75 psi gas pump. Those babys sure wet the place down quick and the pump get its water from a 6,000 gal tank and is also fed by the well at 25 gpm. This is for when I have to leave the place in a fire. There is one on each building except the new barn. Mark H.


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