Bruce Empey took this photo as crews were fighting the Henry’s Creek fire Tuesday. | Courtesy Jeanette Empey
BONE — Jeanette Empey has titled the photo “The Fireman’s Guardian.” If you take a close look, you’ll see why.
Empey’s husband, Bruce, took the picture on their ranch in Bone on Tuesday as the Henry’s Creek fire nearly destroyed their property.
“My husband and son went up to the ranch Monday night after learning the fire had jumped the Bone Road and was heading toward our place,” Empey tells EastIdahoNews.com. “Firemen showed up and told my husband the cabins were going to be a loss and for safety reasons, he should leave.”
The fire moved quickly toward the Empey’s cabins. | courtesy Jeanette
Empey says her husband and son went up on a cliff that overlooks the ranch, and “all they could do was watch it burn.”
The following morning, the Empeys returned to see the damage and were shocked to see their cabins still standing.
“The cabins hadn’t burned! They were saved!” Empey says. “But soon the wind returned and the fire flared up again. Then I got a text that said, ‘The fire is 15 yards from the cabin.’”
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