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  • It's just before midnight on July 19th, I had fallen asleep around 9 pm, exhausted. I'd woken up to the smell of smoke. I wiped the sleep from my eyes unsuccessfully and walked down the hall drunken with this sleep, I see my brothers standing attentive with the glow of the TV illuminating them through a cloud of smoke. I turn to the glow of orange coming from the kitchen window, and I see thick smoke glowing from flames burning the dry brush in the small field in front of my house. I call my mom who is working the evening shift and tell her there is a fire, she calls the fire department.

    There is a bang on the door, my brother's family comes to warn us. I go outside, the wind is strong and blowing in our direction. What is protecting us is a dirt road separating us from the field now ablaze. With the wind blowing hard, it seems only a matter for time that the fire jumps the dirt road. Fortunately a fire truck shows up and immediately starts to work on the fire.

    Smoke in my lungs, head throbbing, work in the morning, I was tired. The story on how it started, kids lighting it with matches. We were lucky it didn't jump the road, because if it did our house would've went up in flames.

    It has been hot and dry and I hear of many fires starting lately, especially on the Rosebud Reservation. Be safe, be cautious when camping, and stay attentive when storms pass through. A single lighting strike can start up the brush instantly.
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