forest fire in the big horns

It was dry in 2007, very dry. We feared a lightning strike would set the mountain ablaze…
The heat, the wind, and the fire spreads…

these flames can burn a pine tree in minutes

It was a ways away, and some people left immediately. We decided to stay until the Forest Service advised us to leave. We kept our van packed, ready at a at a moment’s notice. But the horses were calm, and we rode them to other parts of the mountain…

but the horses are calm

The Forest Service used the lake on our community property for fire fighting helicopters. They can take over 1,000 gallons of water, drop it on the flames and be back for another round in less than five minutes. They did this all day long, as long as the pilots were certified to fly…

loading up over 1,000 gallons of water in about two minutes

Watching them load from the shore…

Delivering load after load… and fish?

The wind pushes the fire, or a burning tree will break off and slide down the mountain spreading the fire faster than a man can run. At night we sat on the porch and sipped wine watching the red flames in the distance. They had to be 150 feet high to be seen from that distance.

Signs of a forest fire on the next ridge

At last the forest service said it was too dangerous, and we quickly packed and drove down the mountain to Sheridan Wyoming. Several people stayed behind to ride the horses to a safer pasture, heroes they.

Dude was happy to leave…

always happy in the car

9 Comments on “forest fire in the big horns”

  1. Tapish Gupta says:

    Nice capture for the time bound incidents.

  2. billgncs says:

    thanks — it was both, thanks for visiting…

  3. Scary yet mesmerizing is how I envision a forest fire. Love the pics of the horses and Dude.

  4. Shannon says:

    My favorite memory is the cats in the box 🙂

  5. Wow fires are both terrifying and mesmerizing! I almost said breathtaking but stopped myself.

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