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Shane and Tatum Pennington reflect on last week's wildfire in Canadian, Texas. While they acknowledge the devastation, they also see the beauty that's rising from the ashes.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

March 8, 2024

24 Slides

The Texas Panhandle's Smokehouse Creek fire made history last week, consuming more than 1 million acres. Families like Shane and Tatum Pennington, who ranch near Candian, Texas, are thankful to have survived. Learn more about how their family narrowly escaped the flames and how people and events are reminding them that darkness doesn't win.

Panhandle wildfires: 'I thought we were going to die'

Slideshow: Catch a glimpse of their family, the ranch after the fire, and the community outreach in Candian, Texas.

For more information about how or where to give to help families in the Panhandle rebuild, visit Texas A&M AgriLife's 2024 Texas Panhandle Wildfire Relief Resources.

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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