Fighting The Wild-Fire

A wild-fire is burning here in Wyoming, just behind Sheep Mountain seen in the background of the picture below, which is located right in the Buffalo Bill North Fork Campground where Bill and I are living and working for the summer.

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What started as a grass fire quickly reached the trees and spread into National Forests and has already consumed over 13,000 acres of land.

Ever wonder what it takes to fight a raging wild-fire? Well I captured a few pictures to share. Please know that the pictures are not as good as I would have liked because I was taking them from the inside of our work truck and I didn’t want to disturb the firefighters in any way.

Hundreds of firefighters poured into our campgrounds.

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Bill got a chance to talk to a couple of them. This young man said his team was from Oregon. But there are firefighters here from all over the country. Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Hot shot teams are everywhere.

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They sat up their main command center in one of our day use areas where there are tables and fresh water.

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It is amazing to watch how quickly they got their command area set up and to see how much support equipment is needed to fight a wild-fire like this.

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Even the Wyoming Homeland Security is here with them.

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Huge trucks brought in lights.

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Truck loads of food was delivered.

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Bob, our neighbor and co-worker (he and his wife, Becky are such great people), helped mow the fields where more trucks and supplies will be. The dead grass had to be cut short so no sparks from their catalytic converters would start yet another fire…

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And truck, after truck, after truck load of firefighters kept rolling in… Along with helicopters and planes that fly back and forth dipping water from our reservoir to dump on the fire.

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These men in the picture below just came in from fighting the fire. They told Bill they are hot and tired and all they wanted to do was get their boots off, get something to eat, and find a place to lay down and rest…

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Some were so tired they were not going to be picky about where they slept. They just popped up a tent in the middle of a field.

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Like I said, these pictures are not near as good as I wanted, but they are the best I could get under the circumstances. But my Frissy said she wanted to see firefighters so GG, this one is for you!

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Right now Bill and I and our neighbors are safe. We believe as long as we are surrounded by all these firefighters we will continue to be safe. Right now all we see is a lot of smoke. But rest assured, if we see even one flame at the top of Sheep Mountain, we are all out of here!

Please keep all these brave men and women fighting this fire in your thoughts and prayers.

Stay Tuned!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 18:59:09

    Well I love how you captured firefighter asses for me! LOL! Wow…are you even getting any sleep with all the activity? Stay safe, take more pics and haul your butts outta there when you have to! Positive thoughts to all of those folks who work under such extreme conditions! ❤️

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    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 05, 2016 @ 20:38:22

      Yes GG, I thought you would LOVE the “asses” picture! We are getting sleep because our motorhome is parked up the hill which is about a mile and a half from where the campground is located. During the day we can see and hear the helicopters and planes flying over to get water to dump on the fire. The water they are dipping is right in front of where we are so we actually get to see the planes as they fly just above the water sucking up a load to dump on the fire and the helicopters hover above the water doing the same thing. At night the planes and helicopters don’t fly. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time. We will leave when they tell us to or when we see flames on the mountain top… Love and hugs. XoXo

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  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 21:39:56

    So much to see! Such devoted and hard workers. Your surely never witnessed anything like this before! God willing they will get it out soon and find out how it got started! Who is supplying the food? You need to get busy and fix a big pot of your specialty for all of them! I am sure they have a cook and supplies right there feeding them….take care and be safe and keep the camera handy😘

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    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 05, 2016 @ 22:52:39

      You are right Aunt Ellen, I have never witnessed anything like this before. I am amazed at what we are seeing and how brave these men and women are fighting this fire… I couldn’t even begin to cook enough food for all these people, and they already have their own food supply tents set up and are offering lunches to anyone that works in the campgrounds as well… I am trying to take pictures but know that we are asked to not to interrupt in any way… so I keep my distance with the camera.. Hugs to you and yours… XoXo

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  3. Bill
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 23:11:47

    Over 300 brave men and women, working 16 hour shifts, I am thankful to all no matter what there jobs are.

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    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 05, 2016 @ 23:53:07

      Yes, Bill, these men and women that are here fighting this fire are AMAZING, and also the support crew that are feeding them, and providing all the backup support that no one ever hears about… are just as amazing!! We are so thankful for everyone that is contributing in any way to fighting this fire…

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