“There’s a fire on Battle Creek.”
A phone call from Wendy, a Medicine Bow Forest Service Range Conservationist, this evening got my attention. We have three bands of sheep on their summer grazing permits in the Med Bow, in a forest of beetle-killed dead pines.
Pepe, Salomon and I hopped into the pickup and drove up to the Forest, not far from our Home Ranch, to give the sheepherders a heads up. Pepe was emphatic in his warnings because he had brought a band of sheep, nearly surrounded by fire, out of the Hinman Fire in 2002.
So far, the fire is burning in an area of rough dead timber, and is quite a ways from the sheep. If it doesn’t get out of hand, it will do a lot of good.
We found several Forest Service employees and two folks who have homes within the Forest boundaries keeping watch.