About 1 mile east of our road, something started a fire. A lot of us are really thinking Cigarette - because there was no accident, or call to EMS - but within spotting the smoke, and the fire department arriving - a fire had definitely broken out. ( this is NOT a negative on our fire dept - we are pretty far out - and they are a FANTASTIC department)
Can you see the flames ( above)
The wind was blowing and with all the dry grass - oh - bad combination
This was less than 30 minutes after spotting the fire
and it just kept growing
PS ( I took a million gazillion pictures)
Wasn't it crazy?
At this time it wasn't threatening any structures that I knew of.
this is my neighboring ranch
My heart was just sick for the grass he was losing.
it started moving south west
Then we realized -
we had animals missing.
We have an east gate, and fire traffic had been using it....
We figured they might be a little concentrated on the fire and not on gates....
So my son and I went and Bribed them animals into the corrals
See the fire behind them?
I was being artsy
As we were bringing them in
the fire got really black
In my head that means it was getting a LOT more fuel
But other than that - the skies were gorgeous - right??
Say Hello To Ms Kitty
She helped me sort animals into the right corrals
and reminded me to go ahead and run some water
Water is always good in the face of a fire
I thought maybe it was dying down
But then I went to the other side of my house - and
Wow!! This was there!!
That's about the time I called Wrangler Man
I said - well, um, you think that maybe you might be on your way home?
The fire started about 10a, - this photo was 4pm
I got a call from the incidence guy at 8pm
It had burned 12,866 acres
and was only 50% contained.
(updated Saturday - 100% Contained, Hot Spots Out YAY)
It's really dark now,
Smoke covers the lights from the planes
( the airplanes assisting with the fire control - not the plains - as in where I live)
((Your glad I clarified that aren't you??))