"For us, our house is still standing, there is nothing but a day in a hotel for us and some good practice if there is ever an emergency that impacts us more negatively" explains fire evacuee, Tom Kennedy.
Tom, his wife, and their three children evacuated on Sunday afternoon after a friend called to warn them of the smoke near their home. After spending the night in an Abilene hotel, they were allowed into their home around midday Monday, only to be re-evacuated just hours later.
Destiny Kennedy, 14, says she was worried about her younger sister, Ruby, since she has asthma, however, she is very thankful for the hard work of the fire crews. "I mean, I want to thank them for what they do."
While the smoke has not cleared yet, the whole community has come together to take care of each other and the firefighters battling the blaze. "Everyone in the community is vigilant, watching out for each other, and that's the great thing about living here in the Big Country" says Tom Kennedy.