Cool heads keep fire in check |

Cool heads keep fire in check

Dear Editor:

My husband and I live on County Road 319 in Rifle, and Sunday, July 21, our biggest fear came true. Lightning struck a tree on the hillside adjacent to our property, probably Friday evening or Saturday morning, but did not immediately start a fire. Sunday afternoon, though, the tree was burning and smoke was rising from the hillside.

We could not see this from our house and would not have noticed it until it was much bigger. Thank God D.J. Bean was driving his truck to the well site to the south of us when he spotted the smoke. He immediately called 911 and then came to our house to alert us and then went with my husband up to the fire site to help him shovel dirt on the fire until the fire department could get there. The Rifle Fire Department volunteers were quick to respond and were able to put the fire out before it could spread to other trees.

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to those five volunteers for their quick and efficient efforts and especially to D.J. for being at the right place at the right time.


Sharon Hayes


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