Texas Wildfires: Michigan Firefighters Assist

Firefighters from Michigan assisted in the fight against the huge Bastrop fire recently. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that firefighters from every state in the union and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and even the Virgin Islands have been here to help fight the massive fires we’ve experienced this year. Our thanks to all.

The following was posted on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources web page concerning their experience in Texas. I thought you’d find it interesting because it sheds some light on the character of Texans. Thank you, Michigan firefighters. We appreciate you, and we’re appreciative of your help. Here is an excerpt from the Michigan DNR page for you. For the complete report, click here.

“Jeff Vasher, a forest fire officer with the Michigan DNR, spent three weeks in Texas battling two of the largest fires in Texas history – the 101 Ranch Fire and the Bastrop Complex Fire. He was involved in efforts that saved many homes. What he remembers most though from his time down there wasn’t saving the homes, it was the people.

“People were constantly coming up to us and thanking us for our work, even after they had just lost everything to the fires,” said Vasher. “We saved a lot of houses, but the devastation was just unimaginable. The spirit of the Texas people continued to shine. They even took the time to honor us at halftime of the Mineral Wells High School football game.”

Michigan is a truly beautiful state. If you ever get a chance to visit, go!


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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