Woman: 'Fireman's guardian' spared family's cabins from wildfire

A woman in Idaho says a fire that was taking a dead aim at her family's cabins earlier this week was stopped for some reason. When she looked at the photos her husband snapped of the flames, she thinks she knows why.

Jeanette Empey told EastIdahoNews.com that as a fire was burning towards her property, the family was trying to save whatever they could.

“My husband and son went up to the ranch Monday night after learning the fire had jumped the Bone Road and was heading toward our place,” Empey tells EastIdahoNews.com. “Firemen showed up and told my husband the cabins were going to be a loss and for safety reasons, he should leave.”

She said they went to a cliff that overlooks the ranch and all they could do was watch it burn.

They were confident that when they returned the next morning, their cabins would be charred remains.

Instead, when they got up the next morning and checked on their property, they found that their cabins were spared from the flames.

“The cabins hadn’t burned! They were saved!” Empey says. “But soon the wind returned and the fire flared up again. Then I got a text that said, ‘The fire is 15 yards from the cabin.'”

With the flames licking the edge of the structures, Empey said she said a prayer. And it worked.

She called the area spared by the fire "Our Cabin Oasis" on Facebook.

She told EastIdahoNews.com that her husband and son stayed at the property to put out hot spots and keep an eye on things. That's when she said her husband Bruce snapped a photo that she says is the reason her property was spared.

“If you look closely, you can see the "fireman's guardian". A ghostly figure floating above the tree. I love it. ” Empey wrote when she posted the photo on her Facebook page Tuesday evening. Since then, it’s been shared nearly 1,400 times.


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