lames fl apping smoke like a dragon howled through dry timber and cut off the two fi refi ghters’ escape. Jim Burnett ran, but the dragon overtook the 18-year veteran of the Oklahoma Forestry Service (OFS). His friend and fellow fi refi ghter, Presley Byington, sur- vived by deploying his fi re shelter.
F Andy James, Oklahoma Forestry Services Area Forester, assisting with a fi re during the major fi re siege of 2011. Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Forestry Services. 14 OKLAHOMA LIVING