So a buddy of mine recently bought a house out in the woods, with a tiny clearing around it. We get brush fires every once in a while so he wanted to burn off all the vegetation surrounding his home in a 20-30' radius around the building. It had not rained recently so we figured we could rake the grass up into piles and start a small fire to burn off all the vegetation and create a fire break.
It didn't really work. It turns out that even grass that looks dry really doesn't want to burn, first with the application of flames from a military surplus flare, then using gas to get things going. Sure, it looks really badass when the flare hits the gas soaked grass, but eventually it peters out due to residual moisture once the accelerant burns off. In conclusion, that shit is hard and damn near impossible. We ended up giving up and spending the rest of the day drinking after wasting about half a gallon of gas on a quarter of the lawn.
Please feel free to share any other anecdotes of home safety gone awry.