Scenes From a Controlled Fire Gone, Well, Out of Control

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Danny Fulgencio
Plenty of negative space here for your band and album name.
Regular Unfair Park contributor and not-so-long-ago photo intern Danny Fulgencio was passing through the town of Bowie last weekend, on his way back from a shoot, when he spotted some smoke on the horizon.

When he pulled closer, he found a few of the town's volunteer fire fighters tending to a controlled burn at a scrap yard, where an unusually huge load of scrap had piled up over the last few weeks, while things were too cold and wet to burn them off a little at a time.

Danny reports scrap yard owner Bobby Coggin had 1,000 tons of old bikes, computers and junked cars to burn the plastic off before shipping the metal out for re-manufacturing in spots like China, India and Chile.

Not imagining much could go wrong, the fire fighters invited him to stick around and shoot, which he did -- for the next couple hours, as they lit a one set of truck cabs and plastic scrap ablaze, then another, then scrambled back to chase the first fire as it spread unexpectedly past telephone poles up to a road, then back to the second fire as the winds picked up and blew the other way.

"All of a sudden there was this giant plume of flame and smoke on the northern side of the tracks," Danny recalls. "That just suddenly erupted and somebody just screamed, 'Oh shit!'"

It all made for a rough time for the other small-town fire departments that came to control the mess -- and you can watch it all unfold here in our slideshow.

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9 comments
rtlm
rtlm

Yes, PLEASE fix your slideshows

FrustratedPhotoFanInEastDallas
FrustratedPhotoFanInEastDallas

As mentioned before, your slide show presentation is very frustrating. It's like driving a Yugo or someting. The DMN has you on this, but not by much. If you want a suggestion how to do it right, look here at The Washington Post's site. You click anywhere on the picture, it takes you quickly to the next one. Get some UTD computer whiz to program a new one for you, and do all your web visitors a favor.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Mike3647
Mike3647

It's a shame such good photos are subjected the your slow crappy slide show application.

Nick R.
Nick R.

And in other news, Danny's been hired to shoot Bad Boys 5, directed by Michael Bay

Gary
Gary

Boston IV

Anonymous
Anonymous

That lead pic reminds me of JWP...

East Dallas Mark
East Dallas Mark

• Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Air: 5th

I see Texas is trying to improve on their 5th place national ranking ....

Coleman
Coleman

I remember about four or five years ago when that entire area was just engulfed in brush fire one dry New Year's day. They sure like their fire up there.

Montemalone
Montemalone

It took a sec to realize that's a tire. At first I thought it was an alien ship ablaze in the sky.

But I'm wondering why they're burning plastic, etc. Isn't that toxic waste? Oh, yeah, we don't need no stinking EPA telling us what kind of air to breathe. Thanks, Goodhair.

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