By Gary Meyer
Just before 10:10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, Joe Fuess was in Piñon Pines using an acetylene torch to cut a padlock from the lid of a 5,000-gallon water tank. Sparks flew into grass at the base of the tank. Things became very dangerous, very quickly.
“Within 15 seconds the fire was…
Piñon Pines resident Steve Newman (left) uses a garden hose to keep flames from moving north along a wood fence to a stand of trees between two homes. Joe Fuess (right) runs to tear apart the fence to remove fuel from the fire’s path toward the homes.
(l-r) Cody Draa, Nick Duhm and Luke Francis jumped yard fences to reach the fire in the first minutes.
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This is part of the August 22, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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