Many residents of the Sun Valley area were surprised as they awoke as Cheyenne Fire Rescue and three other fire agencies responded to a grass fire on Jan. 10, 2019.
“I got up when the dog started barking just to kind of check out what was going on and the next thing I know, I’m looking out and I see fire,” said Heather Edwards.
The firefighters were called out at 5:09 a.m. and arrived on scene at 5:14 a.m. Upon arrival, the fire’s flames were six to eight feet high and burned around 19 acres. The winds were a factor and forced Cheyenne Fire Rescue into structure protection mode.
As many residents looked out to the bright flames. Some scurried to wake up their families, load up their children, and grab the family dog. Others wondered what would happen if the fire reached their property and took their home.
“It’s a frightening experience because what if we had lost our house,” said Meaghan Climis. “My husband, you know, he’s Air Force and we don’t have anywhere else to go, especially in this particular time frame with the shut down and all of that.”
The fire was put out by 9 a.m. with no structures damaged. The cause of the grass fire is still under investigation.