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Great story about wildfires #7031624
10/29/20 02:41 PM
10/29/20 02:41 PM
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North Central Idaho
Jumperzee Offline OP
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Pretty good read amidst all the other "stuff" going on in the world. Hats off to the firefighters this year. It's been a heck of a season for them.


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colora...ighter-note-after-east-troublesome-fire/


As the East Troublesome Fire raged near Granby, Colorado, Dan Stones could only imagine from a distance the fate of his family cabin. He said it was a "rollercoaster of a week" and didn't even know about the blaze until he drove up over the weekend.

At one point, the wildfire jumped more than 100,000 acres in mere hours. Stones initially couldn't believe it and thought his home was going to be a loss.

"I thought it was an error," he told CBS News. "I thought it was wrong, and my wife was standing over my shoulder when I saw it and my jaw hit the desk."

He said the fire had been burning about 30 miles away from his cabin and described the scenario as "very frightening."

Ultimately, the flames burned very close to the cabin about 5 or 6 feet away, according to firefighters. Fast forward a few days. When the smoke cleared, instead of ashes, a note with this message was left behind:

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The note was signed, "Best wishes Engine 1446."

"It absolutely blew me away," said Stones. "And I'm a grown man, and I can admit I wept."

CBS News asked the firefighters with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, who left the note, if they were surprised by the homeowner's reaction.

"Ah, it was heartwarming," said Beau Steele, one of the firefighters.

Kyle Frary, the firefighter who wrote the note, added, "There's a lot of good people that are doing the exact same thing we did. We just got credit for this."

Frary explained that when he first started his career he was taught to leave a quick note if action has to be taken on a person's property, which is what happened in this instance.

The grateful cabin owner said the note was so powerful and too good not to share with the world.

"I get goosebumps," he said. "I probably cried more in the last week than I have since I was 4 years old. It's been wild."

As the act of kindness from the firefighters makes the rounds around the globe, Stones also has his own message of paying it forward.

"This is where we roll up our sleeves. This is where we give back," he said. "And, you know, so one of the things that I really want the world to know is like, please, if your house is still standing, donate that to emergency workers or to displaced families."

As of Tuesday, the wildfire had blackened more than 192,000 acres and was 20% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Re: Great story about wildfires [Re: Jumperzee] #7031640
10/29/20 03:05 PM
10/29/20 03:05 PM
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Great story....Bless those men and women who are in the front line of these fires, couldn't imagine...and for them to an leave an apology note about the shed and fence is awesome
No politics, got it done 👍
Stay safe out there 🙏

Re: Great story about wildfires [Re: Jumperzee] #7031643
10/29/20 03:13 PM
10/29/20 03:13 PM
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My dad was a smoke jumper for a couple seasons when I was very young I have nothing but the highest level of respect for those who choose this line of work .

Mike if you enjoy a good book look into the one entitled " I'll never fight fires with my bare hands again " I can't remember the author but some of the stories are from your area of Idaho.
Allan


Re: Great story about wildfires [Re: Jumperzee] #7032146
10/29/20 11:20 PM
10/29/20 11:20 PM
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The Hill Country of Texas
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What ever those guys get paid it isn't nearly enough. Great story BTW


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