fire in the lowveld

observing the fire


Around 4:00 Friday afternoon, I could smell fire. That’s not all too common this time of year in the Lowveld here in S. Africa. The ground is so dry that fires pop up everywhere. However, this one must have been uncontrolled and the slight wind made it spread. Fast. By 4:30 I was closing up our windows and doors because ash was falling on my freshly cleaned floors.

smoke in the driveway

  sun and fire

I walked to the front of the property and the fire was close and spreading fast. Someone had called the fire brigade, but they couldn’t get here fast enough. People were hauling buckets of water and the guys were stomping out the little flames with tree branches full of leaves.

the firemen

putting the fire out

As we watched it get closer to the main house, someone made a second call to come quick. We could hear the hiss and the sounds of trees falling on the driveway, but the worst was seeing the flames surround the water tanks. Every day we pump water to four big tanks. These supply water to the whole property. Three of them, along with all the pipes, were melted.

engulfing the tanks

  the fire brigade

The fire brigade did show up before it got any homes and for that we are thankful. I did think it odd that they left before the fire was out. You could see flames well into the night, burning brush and trees at the back of the property, but by morning, the flames were gone. The smell of fire and signs of smoke, however, were evident.

fire at night

water tanks melted

Thank you to those of you who prayed for us as I tweeted about it. At one point Emma G asked if her and I could sit down and pray. Jesus heard those prayers! My prayer now is that we’ll be able to replace those melted tanks soon!

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    Jenni C's
    September 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

    oh this is sad, i remember watching fires in KZN, sweep through the forest areas, and helicopters trying to stop fires….I am glad that your property was not completely destroyed but pray that the tanks will soon be replaced…

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    September 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Glad everyone is ok and no structures were damaged! That is a little too close for comfort.

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    September 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Very dramatic! Glad you all were safe and hope you're able to get new tanks soon.

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    September 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Oh my what a close call! I'm glad that you, your family and your home are safe!

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    Tamar SB
    September 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am so glad to hear you are ok!

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    September 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Oh that is so frightening. Glad you and your home are ok. Joining you from communal global

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    September 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    How scary! We had wildfires this summer in Colorado, but they never came that close to us. Glad everyone is okay. Stopping by from Communal Global.

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    September 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Oh, I am thankful it was stopped, Jen. Will be praying for new tanks. blessings ~ tanna

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    September 5, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I am so glad that you were all ok, Jen! That had to be so scary. Just amazing photos. Praying those tanks can be replaced soon!

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    September 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I'm so glad y'all are all OK! I completely missed the tweets, or else I would've been praying! I bet that was scary! I pray that the tanks can be replaced soon. Are they terribly expensive?

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    September 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I'm glad the fire brigade finally got there! And hope you get your water tanks replaced soon!

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    Jade @ Tasting Grace
    September 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Oh scary!! I'm glad everyone is okay. We went through fires like that where I used to live (3 major ones in 2 years) – it sure is nerve-wracking. But it's also heartening to see neighbors come to each other's aid in times like these. Where in S. Africa are you? My family is from the Eshowe & Durban areas.

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    September 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    oh, wow. Such dramatic pictures! Glad everyone was safe. That is scary. In Nebraska we have had bad drought this summer, lots of areas have had trouble with wildfires!

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