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Brad, Texas (CNN) -- As far as places to make a last stand against a fast-moving wildfire go, a large woodpile has to rank among the worst.
But for five days, starting on Friday, Ken Mackey fought a blaze among the piles of cedar posts he sells for a living that are stacked 15 feet high outside his rural Texas home.
Mackey said authorities told him and his neighbors to evacuate as the wildfire began to bear down on the area around Brad, about 80 miles west of Fort Worth.
His answer to the officials, like much of the 71-year-old Texan's profanity-laced speech, can't be printed.
"What kind of a question is that, now listen!" Mackey said, treating an out-of-town reporter's inquiry about why he didn't take cover as an insult to his manhood.
"If your house is on fire or close to it, would you leave?"
Originally posted by StripedBandit
So it means being stubborn as hell but will take a stand for what's his?
Sounds about right. Yeeeehaaaaaw!
Kudos to that madman
# Ken Mackey, 71, defies warnings by staying behind to protect his home from wildfire
# Mackey has lived at same house in Brad, Texas, since 1972
# Everything around his home has been burned, including a store and a service station
# Brad is about 80 miles west of Fort Worth