Fires

It’s been a tough month here in Colorado.  Our normally vivid blue sky is covered in an obscure haze.  The haze is caused from smoke from the numerous wildfires.  Sometimes the haze and smoke are so severe the mountains can’t be seen.

Colorado Springs – fire still a concern

The devastation in Colorado Springs is particularly difficult for me to absorb.  Entire neighborhoods have been wiped out.  Although our temperatures are still extremely hot, in the upper 90’s, the winds are thankfully calm.  Thus, firefighters have been successful in obtaining over 70% containment.

The Waldo Canyon Fire has destroyed over 345 homes, 2 lives lost, and thousands evacuated.  The fire is no longer an immediate threat in highly populated areas and is, for the most part, in the back country.  However, winds could pick up and once again pose a serious threat.

Folks are starting to return to their homes, providing they still have a home and the community is coming together to help one another.  Our prayers go out to those that have lost so much.  Our thanks go to all the courageous men and women who are still working so hard to keep us all safe.  Let’s pray for rain, but no lightning, please!!!!    FYI…unfortunately due to poor air quality, it was impossible for me to get clear photos through the lingering haze and smoke.

water being dropped on hot spots

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9 thoughts on “Fires

  1. Unfortunately it was the wind that shifted and swept the fire into subdivisions. Very sad. The community is starting to pick up the pieces. Thanks 🙂 I love Utah….amazing land.

  2. Wildfires are mind boggling indeed. We had one come close to us when we lived in Utah. Luckily the wind shifted the fire before it reached us, but I understand the helpless feeling when confronted by that sort of disaster. My heart goes out to all the people suffering through this tragedy.

  3. Looking on the TV it does seem to me those helicopters are hopeless against such huge obstacles, vast areas of wooded land and they drop their cargo from a height. But in fact they do a fantastic job and hopefully have been successful in containing this blaze. Thanks for dropping by my blog, much appreciated when all this is going on.

    • Yeah, it’s been pretty scary around here. The firefighters have done an amazing job and things are settling down. Blogging is always a great diversion for me. Thanks for stopping 🙂

  4. The devastation on the news is just heart-wrenching. We saw a man interviewed last night who had lost his wife recently and now his home and all her photos as well. I’m sure there are many more such stories. We also pray for all those affected by this tragedy.

    • It’s difficult to witness as well as it’s extremely scary. Things are finally starting to settle down. Al and I are hoping to go to Crested Butte next week for the Wildflower Festival (and escape the heat), but so many roads have been closed, we’ll just have to play it by ear.

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