This is a picture of the bridge we just repaired, engulfed in flames .. No photoshop or filters, just a fire with a mind of its own devouring a bridge and anything else in it's way. I got called to the site the next morning and there was still spot fires all around us. The ballast ( rocks that are all along the rail ) was so hot we couldn't walk on it. Multiple water trucks, carrying around 20,000 gallons of water each, had to flood the ballast just to make it cool enough for us to be able to walk and get our work done. I will always remember this particular job, partly because it was so close to home, but also because of the perspective it provided on how powerful Mother Nature can truly be. We are lucky to live in this moment and time, and also this country, where we have the capacity to contain such devastation.