Kudos to the firefighters of Lamar, Fulton, and Rockport, Texas for stepping up to the plate and watering the 1,000+ year old Live Oak known as "The Big Tree" with 13,000 gallons of water, simulating a half inch of rain. The tree has been hit hard by this years heat and local residents feared it could succumb to the lack of precipitation. Here's a good video showing the showering.

The watering took two and a half hour and will be repeated every couple of weeks if rains aren't sufficient.

Via Treehugger

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Firefighters save "The Big Tree" from drought
A 1,000-year-old oak tree is surviving the hot summer thanks to some local firefighters and their tankers full of water.