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    07-06-2012, 09:15 PM
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Weanling
Perhaps the end of the Ash Creek Fire!

This is the fire that has been threatening to make me evacuate from my home. It's a lot bigger deal than people think. It just rained last night and the fire is dying down a bit but there is still the danger of it flaring up again.

Terror in the form of flames - CNN iReport

"The Ash Creek Fire is currently the largest fire in the United States - And it’s being fought primarily by local ranchers and volunteer firefighters. This fiery beast has charred nearly 500 square miles in the southeastern corner of Montana, approaching 300k acres. The fire, which was started by a lightning strike east of Lame Deer, has now been reported as the largest fire in Montana since the deadly fires of 1910.

Ranchers and volunteer firefighters have been working round the clock for nearly 2 weeks straight, averaging 2-3 hours of sleep a night. They have pooled every possible resource- manning pickup trucks with sprayers, tractors pulling discs, a few dozers, while others stand afoot hoisting chainsaws and shovels. They are exhausted, hungry, and desperate. Day after day ranchers watch their hopes, dreams and hard work burn up and turn to ash. Some have lost their homes, others their equipment, but many have lost their land, their cows, and their livelihood.

One witness called this fire "the scariest thing I’ve ever seen… unruly and devastating… a tragedy". They described walls of fire reaching hundreds of feet into the air, traveling at speeds up to 15 mph, and changing directions in a blink of an eye. To add to the pandemonium, over 450 miles of power line was scorched in the flames, leaving hundreds of people, including the town of Broadus, without electricity, water, or phone service for the past week. The lack of communication has left some people in fear, praying their loved-ones are still alive.

It is estimated that over 13,000 cattle have been displaced in the fire. One rancher said “We cut the fence lines, hoping that the cows would be able to escape the blaze… but the fire was traveling too fast- they couldn’t outrun it… when I walked up a draw today, I found where the cows had huddled together and were burnt to death. The sight was unbelievable… grotesque. And now I have to tell my wife which bullets go into which guns, so we can put the burnt ones out of their misery.”

This isn't over when the fire is out. The aftermath will last for years. “These are old family ranches, ones that have been around for generations, and now that they have lost everything… well, that’s pretty hard to come back from”. Frustration is high, spirits are broken, and these humble people from Montana need help."
     
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    07-06-2012, 09:19 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by BubblesBlue    
It is estimated that over 13,000 cattle have been displaced in the fire. One rancher said “We cut the fence lines, hoping that the cows would be able to escape the blaze… but the fire was traveling too fast- they couldn’t outrun it… when I walked up a draw today, I found where the cows had huddled together and were burnt to death. The sight was unbelievable… grotesque. And now I have to tell my wife which bullets go into which guns, so we can put the burnt ones out of their misery.”
I also wanted to point out that it wasn't just cows who had this happen to them. Also a lot of horses have been put out of their misery as well from burns. Friends of mine had their horses so burnt that they couldn't tell which horse was watching--and they were still alive. They of course got shot as well...

I'm sorry if you guys find it inhumane to shoot a horse besides euthanize them but I want to point out that there is so many animals out there that vets couldn't be everywhere or near the fire. Plus it was way more humane to shoot them besides let them suffer from the burns.
     

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