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.