I started 3 little fires brush hogging earlier in the month. I am almost sure they were caused by carbon pieces from the exhaust system on the old Ford 641Diesel. I had not worked the tractor very hard for a long time, and it was slobbering some. By the time I got 6 or 7 acres brush hogged, the exhaust was nicely cleaned out and dry.
I really didn"t think the grass was dry enough to catch fire, but obviously it was. When I see or smell smoke, I turn the machinery around and find where the fire has started. So far just running the brush hog over the little fires has put them out, probably by blowing them out or cooling them enough to make the burning stop. I suppose I should carry an extinguisher.
Years ago, soon after my Dad bought the same tractor, he was doing some Spring plowing and the tractor puked out hot carbon, which started a brush fire. No cell phone, and he couldn"t get it out by himself. Dad had to drive the tractor back to the house and call the fire department. By the time the fire was out, it had burned more than 10 acres of wooded pasture. But since it was Spring, and still pretty damp, no large trees were damaged at all, and the grass grew better in the burned area than it had in many years. My Dad was a whole lot more careful about where he started working the diesel hard after that.
Fires are scary!!!