The fire got away from us on Thursday. This happens from time to time so we are always prepared. Normally we would take care of spots like this with leaf blowers, fire rakes, and water. But we happened to have a #bulldozer handy and one of our guys needed more experience plowing a break. We call them "prescribed" burns, not "controlled". We don't want to give ourselves the illusion that we are really in control of the flame. This is one that it killed me to put out, it was a beautiful backing fire going down the hill, it would have been great for the understory.
I'm really glad the drought index for November this year does not match 2016. Thankful we've had some decent rain through the fall and no big fire season this year. The second image (2017) is what it's supposed to look like. The only reason the coast isn't so high in 2016 is because of hurricane Matthew. A KDBI over 700 here in Georgia is insane. Our trees aren't adapted to prolonged drought like this, and we will see the effects of last years dry fall for years to come. Maps credited to the Georgia forestry commission.