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Colorado is in the grips of its nearly annual summer wildfires. The fast-moving fires are fed by dry conditions and high winds, and have resulted in desperate attempts on the part of some residents to save their homes and livelihoods.

This farmer in Weld County, roughly an hour north of Denver, is attempting to cut a fire line into his hay field in a bid to contain the blaze. It's unclear if the farmer was successful, as the helicopter video contains no commentary and was taken a few days ago.

Still, this video serves as a gripping reminder of the cost of these fires and just how determined citizens are to stop them. And for those that think this isn't a big deal, consider that what this farmer is doing is exceedingly dangerous. Without a clear mind about his surroundings, the fire could have easily overtaken and surrounded him, and with so much smoke, breathable air is at a premium. Scroll down for a closer look.


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      DC Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      On Monday, July 8, lightning from a passing thunderstorm hit Howard’s Weld Country farm. Thinking fast and acting quicker, he hopped onto his John Deere tractor and plowed a fire line this close to the edge of the coming blaze. The brazen act saved 30 of the field’s 80 acres, firefighters estimate.
      erjhe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing uncommon. I've known many farmers who will have a plow and tractor ready to go during harvest for this very reason. You're not going to go out there with a truck full of water and be able to fight a field fire quickly enough to save any un-cut crop. A quick pass with a plow turns enough of the combustible material under the dirt that the fire line can be stopped or at the very least slowed down enough for a second pass. I got to witness this first hand after setting a field on fire in Arizona. Thankfully the wind was blowing away from the un-cut crop which gave us an edge, but with any fire departments too far away and already emptying three water-filled extinguishers on the advancing line, it was an old tractor with a 6 bottom plow that saved the day. The fire department came by after they saw the smoke (no one called them since the plow was on hand) and they ended up just blasting a couple hot spots with the hose.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd bet that isn't the first time that farmer has cut a fire break -- and it likely won't be the last time either.
      frostillicus80
      • 1 Year Ago
      A very brave man. Major respect for him.
        Ziv
        • 11 Months Ago
        @frostillicus80
        Brave, and mad as hell I would bet. "That d***** fire is NOT going to take my hay field!"
      pickupmiami
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOTHING RUNS LIKE A DEERE
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man he was going fast for such a big plow! That big John Deere was going full bore the whole time.
      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing runs like a Deere! YEAH!
        Glenn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        Or stinks like a John.
        Jmaister
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        whoever gave you a -1 doesnt know \"Deere\" is a tractor brand. THE tractor brand, damn it.
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      Hey Sarge
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey rain, this is Georgia, and I can speak for all most all of the southeast, that Colorado and other states out west need you more then we do.
        Floridian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hey Sarge
        We had a lot of it lately over here in SoFla.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hey Sarge
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      Peter_G
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would that fire be hot enough to make his tires explode or melt?
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sure doesn't get more "man vs. nature". If I'm goin' down, I damn well will be swinging. Daddy learned to drive on a Deere out in the Dakotas.
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