Hope for residents affected by Assayii Lake Fire

Created: 06/18/2014 10:53 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Firefighters are still hard at work battling the Assayii Lake fire, but the damage may not be as bad as people feared.

Nearly all of the residents have cattle or sheep. That's how they make a living this time of year. They let the cattle graze right where the fire is burning.

As another day ends, with another smokey sunset, we’ve learned bad news does indeed come to an end and that the people fighting this fire are beginning to win.

Peter is the man who took a lot of questions Wednesday morning. How many homes, if any, were destroyed? What about the cattle?

Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after we saw how far and wide the fire had spread, peter could say for sure only four structures suffered damage and that the cattle and sheep should likely be just fine.

Kenneth Bryant is a lifelong cattleman. Like all of the others here, he's had growing anxiety since Monday.

"Sure give us a lot of hurt. We didn't even know how our houses were,” Bryant said.

Still, Bryant wants to see the cattle for himself. That is his livelihood after all. This is his land and he still has doubts.

 “To see all that smoke and all that, I just don't know,” said Bryant. “That’s where we usually herd them down.”

He welcomes good news, but the best news is the day the fire disappears.

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