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!'"
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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.