Back in 2013, a bolt of lightning struck a hayfield in Weld County, Colorado, setting ablaze a massive wildfire. The fire started slow, but it quickly escalated as it grew in size. In a short amount of time, the wildfire had consumed 30 acres of land in an 80-acre field.
Eric Howard, a farmer whose land was affected by the wildfire, needed to act quickly. It was only a matter of time before a wildfire would wipe away all the land that he had shed blood, sweat, and tears to build. In the video below, you can watch Howard use his tractor to create a firebreak just a few feet away from the blaze. It was a dangerously bold move that could cost Howard his life.
But if successful, Howard would not only have saved his own crops, but stopped a potentially devastating wildfire from ruining many other lives.
Watch the video to see Howard battle the fire. Farmers are the more under-appreciated heroes of America, and it’s time they get the recognition they deserve!