As the High Park Fire in northern Colorado raged, evacuation orders were issued across the area. In Larimer County, Colo., one dairy was allowed to stay to tend to its herd. However, Morning Fresh Dairy Farm didn’t just care for its cattle; it refused to let the fire win.
The flames crept closer to the gates of their farm last weekend, and owners Rob and Lori Graves, their family and dairy employees joined forces to protect their cows and farm.
"The fire burned up to the edge of our irrigated fields and then couldn't go beyond that," Lori Graves told the Northern Colorado Business Report.
To stop the fire from spreading, the dairy ran 10 of its irrigation sprinklers for 24 hours, keeping the fields wet enough to deter the flames.
Though the dairy lost 6,000 of non-irrigated pastures and grazing land to the blaze, efforts by the dairy staff were enough to save their cows and farmstead. They also protected the surrounding community from going up in flames. The exact number of houses spared from the inferno is unclear, but Graves is confident that the efforts the dairy took prevented the flames from reaching a nearby housing subdivision.
"Whether their houses would have caught on fire, nobody knows," Graves said. "But we feel like it helped, putting water down in between a fire and a dry house."
Neighbors have applauded the dairy’s efforts in keeping their houses from danger.
Check out the Morning Fresh Dairy Farm Facebook page to read their thoughts on the event and find more pictures from the fire.