At 8 in the evening, we saw smoke. We had heard the fire was South of Blackwell, which would mean it’s well over 30 miles from us but around 9, we saw the glow, then at 10, saw the flames. We knew it had to be closer so we headed out to check it out.
Here on the ranch, there are a few camps, one of which was just a couple of miles from the fire. He had already gotten his favorite belongings out of the house just in case it got consumed but it’s not something he could spend too much time on, after all, he’s also the assistant chief of the Maryneal Firefighters so he had to get busy fightin’.
When we drove up, we could instantly tell it was at least a couple of miles long and who knows how wide. It was an amazing but scary sight. I have been that close to a fire in about 16 years, when we lived on the JA Ranch up at Palo Duro Canyon. Anyways, you can see how we started out seeing it from afar, the glow, little flames, big flames, and then right up on some of it.
If you look closely, you can see the windmill.
We topped out on a hill to see everything really good!
It was AMAZING to see the maintainers and bulldozers in action. HOLY COW!! The maintainers were widening the path in hopes of keeping the fire from crossing over towards the direction of a house. The bulldozer was literally picking up the fire and pushing back so that it didn’t jump the path. It was really an awesome sight I must say and I’m in awe of the guys who do this!
Meet two of the volunteers that were helping last night and I’m sure that are still there.
The fire is still going and the winds are up to 40mph today. Keep the community in your prayers. We do have a chance of rain tonight so lets hope it comes!!! For bigger photos, you can check out my flickr album and for updates, I’m on facebook.