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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta _ Tvwdoy, Jirnt THI ICTHMIOOE 7 Fraser Hodgson Freak fires and farm trucks I was working on a tractor in a farmer's yard a few miles south of Spring Coulee, and all at once we noticed a cloud of smoke coming over the trees of the windbreak. The smoke was pretty thick, but we could see the dim outline of a combine a quarter mile away, and a man running around with a gunny sack flayling at the flames. We rushed back for shovels and sacks and jumped in my truck, and drove along the road till we could head south to the fire. The field was laid out in nariow strips. The front of the fire quickly ran out of fuel, so all we had to do was beat o-jt the flames on each side. With no pushing wind we soon had it out. and no more danger un- less the wind changed. The combine operator figured a hot chunk of carbon must have come out the engine ex- haust, and fanned by a strong south-west wind it caught and took off pretty fast. Trouble So long as man can control bis fire it woritS very "we" fcr him, but when it gets away it means trouble and often a great loss. Fire departments try to forsee possible fire dan- ger by frequent inspections, but potential fire danger is usually hard to see. Who would imagine the open drive-shaft of a truck could be a fire hazard? But a lot of driv- ers found out it is, and I know one personally. He was man- oeuvring around a straw-pile trying to get to a granery door to load his truck, and he got too deep in the straw and got stuck. After some backing and jumping about he thought he smelted smoke. He was lucky he stopped to investigate, be- cause his center universal joint had wound up enough straw Hummingbirds know water mixture limit VICTORIA (CP) Bird-lov- ers everywhere can relax those sugar-water f e e d e rs which attract Hummingbirds aren't producing a flock of air- borne diabetics. Local experts say that Hum- mingfrirds, unlike man, prob- ably know when they've had enough to drink of the fpur-to- one water and sugar mixture. And besides, sugar isn't thought to be the cause of dia- betes. It's a condition that some viimals, including man, are naturally disposed to, re- giVdless of how much sugar they eat, they say. Charlie Guiget, birds and mammals curator at the pro- vincial museum, says any talk of a health threat to the Hum- mingbirds from the feeders is "a lot of "This high-pressure fuel is very good for them, I imag- he said, noting that Hum- mingbirds use up huge quant- tities of energy in a day and have a very high metabolism rate. Jeremy Tatum, a physicist and ornithologist at the uni- versity of Victoria, also sees no threat in the sweet feeders. "My feeling is these things look after themselves. When a Hummjngbird has had enough sugar it will stop feeding." that it was jammed tight and beginning to smoke. He poured his sealer of coffee on it, but didn't do much good, he don't know yet why it never burst into flames. It took him quite a while to clear the wad of smoking straw with his jack- knife, but he got by that fire. Straw jams We were visiting friends near Three Hills, when we were told of a freak accident that could have been serious. Several fires -had occurred in the district caused by trucks and tractors in the field, so one farmer fire- proofed his truck before it could start a fire from jamming straw against the exhaust pipe. He ran the tail-pipe up behind the cab, and extended it high above any possible danger. Some time later he hauled a load of baled straw home from another field on his farm. It was a big truck, and he had the grain box piled one tier above the top. He was sail- ing along nicely thinking how lucky he was to gel bis bar- vest all cleaned up, and even his bales almost all hauled home. A neighbor was finish- ing up his baling work near the road, and they waved to each other. Then the truck driv- er noticed his friend stand up off the seat and wave his hat flantically. He must want him for somebting, so be coasted to a stop and put his truck in re- verse to back up. That was when he looked back and saw his whole load of straw on fire. He shut off the switch and jumped out, and for a second he couldn't believe it, and just stared. Then he came alive and grabbed a pitchfork from a rack on the box, jumped up on the hood and then the cab, and started throwing blazing bales to the windward side. A few seconds later the neighbor was up there helping, and by work- ing hard without panic they pitched every burning bale off the top of that load. They had some luck on their side of course, as the fire had just got started and ran the length of the load when it was seen. It hadn't worked down to the sec- ond tier, and except for a few falling sparks only part of tbe others had to be heaved out. Scramble They just started congratu- lating each other on how lucky they were, when they saw the burning bales had set the "bar- pit" grass afire, (short for bor- row-pit) and was heading right toward the neighbors baling out- fit in the Held. So there was an- other mad scramble to get that fire out, and with the help of passing motorists they made it. It was sort of odd that a samar- itan helping out a neighbor al- most got himself into bad trouble. Then came trying to figure out bow the whole thing got started. It didn't take long, because in looking over the fire-proofing job on the exhaust We ore Moving! Our New Address 543 30th St. North P.O. Box 941 EFFECTIVE JULY 1st, 1973 pipe, they found a little in the second-hand pipe, just above, the A nice hot lit- tle jet of exhaust gas, with a good strong wind, started a fire nearly as quick as a torch. So it's mighty hard to see where a fire can start, and even after you look all around and take all precautions, one will sneak up on you anyway. I guess all you can do is your best, and then trust to luck. Better go have a good look around. SPROULT SEARING- SUPPLY BEARING- Spioule (Keating, PHONE 328-6681 Triple The Carrying Capacity of Pasture1. Reduce Cost of Gain to Market Weight! It's being done with SHUR.GAIN 13% PASTURE CONTROL RATION fed free choice to cattle on range from 600 Ibs. and up. The ration carries sufficient salt to be self-limiting as to daily intake. From SHUR.GAIN PASTURE CONTROL RATION, feeder cattle on reaching 750 Ibs. or whatever higher weight your finishing program calls for, can go directly into the drytot and on to SHUR.GAIN FEEDLOT FINISHER, for at least 30 days prior to slaughter. It's during this period that you smooth out the finish and whiten the fat. In comparative trials, cattle on SHUR.GAIN 13% PASTURE CONTROL RATION have returned up to per acre per head) more than the control group on straight pasture. SHUR-GAIN Shur-Goin Feed Service Mill CAKADA PACKERS LIMITED LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA Phone 328-2540 or 328-2624 ;