Yes autumnal equinox is a worldwide celestial same-same.
Our regional weathermen(persons) and I however agree: here meterlogical Autumn/Fall begins the beginning of September.
I/we have now had 4 days and now again 1 day of raining now. 3.5 inches cumulative for me. More than in the previous cumulative four months. Definite drought break.
2 foot x 2 foot x 3 foot “camping fires” are now allowed. Forestry burn piles still not-allowed. Darn. Many tent caterpillars all around here in most all of the trees except the fir and the holly trees. And no way to branch cut these out and burning pile burn them up. I refuse to kill-spray as the toxic chemicals will get picked up into my free-ranging chickens. We eat the eggs and meats from these chickens.
In the 24 days of cooling down September so far I have built up and stabilized to clean burning 48 small morning and late evening fires in the wood stove. 20 days with 2x a day use of 10 pounds of wood fuel. 4 days cooler with the little foster/god-children overnight using 40 pounds of wood fuel a day so far.
With projected usage through the end of this month that will be ~1/3 of a 128 cubic foot CORD of my Douglas Fir fuel wood.
September, May, June usually work out about the same at 1/3 cord a month. Takes my driest wood to do this. With any “mushroom wood” taken in defiantly used up in September!
October, April usually be 3/4 to full one cord months. Here I can use brought in too wet of wood. November, April be one to 1 1/2 cord months. December, January, February, March can be up to two cords a month used. Needs drier wood to be able to make the hourly heat-needs. I load stack my wood shed to reflect anticipated usage needs.
Douglas Fir is a low energy dense “firewood” by weight not favored very highly. Hey! Use what you got, eh. We’ve been dong DF and Hemlock for a strong 150 years here. The "good’ USofA oft-quoted firewoods are a books/magazine fantasy for the majority of us out here in the far-far-West.
By end of heating season sometime into next June I will have made and stabilized to hot clean burning 600 fires in the one house; and maybe 400 fires in the folks old visitor house.
Practice makes better.
tree-farmer Steve unruh