Last Wednesday we had a brushfire here on the farm. The wind blew a rotten tree onto the power lines and when the broken line hit the ground the arc caught the grass on fire. It's been so damp here nobody could believe it but you could see plain as day the tree with the wire down and the V shaped blackened grass fanning out from it. DW called my supervisor at work who tracked me down and told me to call home. DW updated me, I got a hold of my dad (we work together) and we left rather abruptly, driving home as quickly as possible. It was all out but a couple round bales when I got home. All told, 6 fire companies with a total of maybe 20 men and women, 3 tankers (no hydrats for about a mile), 2 engines, and I'm not sure how many smaller trucks and Mule type vehicles were there. I ended up moving and raking out burning round bales with our tractor. Nobody was hurt, no buildings were anywhere nearby (except for a cell phone tower) and we lost nothing of real value. About 4 acres of pasture was basically cleared off and we lost a dozen round bales. Point is the damndest things can happen. We got lucky-it was windy and if the fire was blown a different direction it would have been worse. To relate this to prepping, there will always be some unknown, some freak occurence, that you have to be wary of. Not necessarily a fire, but just when you think you're good to go, life throws you a grounder to remind you that you still need to pay attention. Again-no injuries, honestly no property damage, just one heck of a story.