THIS FIRE north of Brackettville is burning right now. I went out and snapped a few shots but had to leave because I was low on gas, the sun was setting, and I didn't have a flashlight. It smelled like burning cedar and sounded like rain. It was strangely calm out there. The guys don't have access to vast quantities of water and so were working slowly and carefully so as to maximize what water they had out there. Last I heard, a tanker truck was on its way. But I don't know if it will be enough. This fire was sprawled out rather widely on some rather rocky terrain. These firefighters (Val Verde and Brackettville) are going to be out there for hours tonight.