Now if we could get everybody to do what you do, we would have less problems with fires in residential areas, especially if people were allowed to water their lawns, but we have water restrictions here as well, lol. Sometimes you can't win. I water my lawn, but I doubt it would do any good if the neighborhood went up, I live on the edge of a forest as well. There's a wild apple tree down the road from here that we picked apples off of last year, there's no apples this year.Dry grass... No joke. I’ve been dealing with a bunch of dead trees over the last year, some I whacked, some I hired tree cutters to whack. One of them broke and fell over in my back yard, I had the cutter stack it into a pile by an existing tree stump about 3 months back. I had 2 burn piles, one of which I seeded with some dry grass from the back, back, BACK part of the property. It went up like flash paper, and burned hot for about 10-15 seconds, and plenty hot enough to start the inside of the burn pile.
2nd pile was about ... 8 feet high, mostly tree limbs, but some 15” wide sections of tree trunk. I burned it about 7 or 8 hours, got do about half a dozen smoldering, hot logs, and doused it with the hose for 20 minutes. it was still smoldering the next day, then the daily winds from the east rolled in and behold - the remaining logs caught fire again. I checked it out and decided to centralize everything and let it burn. Rains rolled in, the fire was still burning, totally unaffected by the rain. It rained again overnight, and the fire was still going in the morning, very small, but I centralized everything again and it fired right on up. This morning, it’s nothing but ash.
That 2nd burn pile was just one tree, I can’t imagine how hard it is to put out a legit forest fire.
On a side note, it would be nice to have some of that rain that's in China and Europe!