It was a hot, dry summer afternoon when Molly Linville glanced out her front windows and noticed a rare storm pushing down the narrow valley where she raises cattle.
Then came five lightning strikes in quick succession. And five plumes of smoke.
She thought things would be OK. She was wrong.
“I wasn’t as concerned as I should have been from the get-go,” Linville said.
At that moment, her 125 cattle were all in the southern end of the ranch, where the flames were closing in.