The Warped Prism is a photo blog, but I have no great photos for this post. Instead, a little story about a bit of excitement we had last night. It has been extremely hot and dry in south central Kansas, so fire danger is high. My wife has in the past thought me a little nutty for being so worried about fireworks in the neighborhood starting a fire. (In the past I have gone as far as standing outside with the hose, spraying down the roof.) Don’t get me wrong. I like fireworks. In fact, for several years my family would put on quite a show down at Table Rock Lake in Missouri. My neighbors did not take the precautions we did (apparently).
Around 11:45pm I heard another barrage of fireworks. From my own fireworks days, it sounded to me like a big brick of “Saturn Rockets” (or “Saturn Missles – I can never remember). I was thinking, that’s kind of crazy for a residential neighborhood, those things fly all over. Anyhow, a couple minutes later I thought I would take a peek out back just in case. Sure enough, there was a nice blaze going along the back wire fence, right under the main wooden power pole. As the wife called 911, I tried to reach the fire (unsuccessfully) with my garden hose. Fortunately the fire department (and police) showed up soon after and put it out. The actual fire was over on the far side of the back wire fence, it burned the back neighbors brush pile (not the “fireworks neighbors”) and a section of adjacent wood fence.
I want everyone to know that as I was fumbling to attach a section of hose, in the dark, I was thinking….” I wish I had a camera”. “Could I run in the house to grab the camera?” But there was a raging fire so I did not go in for the camera. No photos exist of the actual fire. Pretty sad. I could have easily grabbed my little Canon at least before running out the back door. I flunked this real world test in photojournalism!
All I have to offer is the following, after the fire itself was out.
On the remote chance someone from the Wichita Police or Fire Department is reading this, you have my sincere thanks. The response time was amazingly quick, and you guys (and ladies) were total pros.
I hope tonight is a little less exciting, I will have my hose ready, and perhaps a camera in my pocket.