My family lived in Colorado for several years before moving to Oregon, so I’m always alert to news from there. When I saw an article mentioning Weld County, I sat up and took notice — that’s our old county. Following the link led me to a video of startling courage.
After a thunderstorm brought lightning to a rural area near Brighton, Colo., a fire broke out and quickly consumed 20-30 acres of an 80-acre hayfield. To prevent the fire’s spread, local farmer Eric Howard got in his John Deere tractor and chased the flames, digging a fire line around the blaze to cut off its path.
A helicopter was there to record it, and the video is on its way to going viral. Mr. Howard saved the remainder of the field and heaven knows what else — Colorado is a tinderbox these days and has already seen a record-setting fire this year. Anyone who can stop a fire in its tracks deserves the thanks of everyone in his county.
Note: one commenter on YouTube says the field was not Howard’s, but a neighbor’s. I can’t easily confirm that, but if it’s true, double hats off.