I was enjoying Monday's laid-back Labor Day atmosphere when it was suddenly cast aside by urgent tone-outs on my scanner. The request: Every Brazos County volunteer fire department was asked to help get a massive wildfire in Leon County under control. Shortly afterward, I was contacted by my editor, Kelly Brown.
I've never approached the fireline of a wildfire in all my 30-plus years of shooting photos for newspapers, and I have to tell you, I was scared stiff for a minute. The urge to turn and run was pretty high, but I figured since I got this far I may as well proceed.
Important note to others: Don't try this. I was lucky today.