The Moccasin Hill Fire Should be a Warning To Us All

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On July 13th, a devastating fire called The Moccasin Hill Fire broke out about 25 miles from my home. I know that I recently wrote an article about Protecting Your Home From Wildfires but considering the extreme fire hazards that we’re currently facing, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to tell you the story of Moccasin Hill.

At approximately 2:00 PM on Sunday July 13th, a fire was reported in a forested subdivision that was just a few miles north of the small town of Sprague River, Oregon. The fire made a quick run up to about 75 acres and within about an hour or so, it had grown to nearly 500 acres. By sundown, the flames had consumed roughly 1,000 acres and by sundown the next day, 2,535 acres had been destroyed.
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Spilt Wood Easier With the Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe

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If you happen to heat your home with a wood stove, chances are pretty high that you’ve used a splitting maul a time or two in your life. If you have used one, you know what a back breaking chore it can be to swing a heavy steel splitting maul time and time again. Well, today I’m going to be telling you about an alternative to these old fashioned heavy tools.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for long probably already know that a couple of years ago we installed a wood stove to combat the high price of electricity for heating our home. Along with the installation of this wood stove came the new chore of splitting wood. My husband has spent some time as a wildland firefighter many years ago so swinging an axe isn’t anything that was new to him but for me, this was a brand-new experience.
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Protecting Your Home From Wildfires

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WildfiresIt’s that time of year again for those of us who live in the boonies, when we need to start thinking about preparing to protect our homes from wildfires. If you are like us, and you live in the forest, wildfires are one of the most significant hazards that we deal with as a consequence of choosing to live where we live.

Perhaps one of the most important things to be aware of is exactly what the restrictions on burning are where you live. Many people who would like to live in the boonies think that it’s okay to have a campfire on your property during the summer and enjoy some good old roasted marshmallows and s’mores.
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The Night A Mule Named Annabelle Saved My Husband’s Life

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Annabelle In The Snow

Annabelle The Hero Mule

This is a short but true story that was written by my husband Jeff a few years ago. I thought that it would be quite fitting to share this story here on the booneyliving.com blog.

Several years ago our family made a major lifestyle change. We left the hustle and bustle of life in the suburbs and moved to the mountains of southern Oregon.
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Now is a Great Time To Rescue Pets From The Shelter

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rescue pets instead of buying young onesWell, spring is rapidly approaching which means that many people will be gearing up and getting ready to breed their horses. I used to love seeing all the new foals frolicking in the fields this time of year but not anymore.

Due to the harsh economic times that the US is currently enduring, the animal shelters and horse rescue organizations are literately overrun with unwanted horses. Some of these animals are unfit for use but many of them are perfectly healthy horses that just happened to belong to owners who could no longer afford to feed them.
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