Two days ago, in the afternoon, perhaps started by a lightening strike, a forest fire started in the Colorado Springs area called Black Forest. Because of the hot, dry and windy conditions, it quickly spread. Now, still not contained, 360 homes have been destroyed so far, 38,000 people have had to evacuate and find shelter. Two people died. Countless animals including horses, livestock, pets have had to be rescued and accounted for. Shelters for animals have been set up as well. The hardest part would be not knowing if your home is still standing. Their lives will never be the same.
The sky is gray and at the beginning, we could see the smoke plume from our house and as we step outside, we can smell smoke. We are about 40 miles away from the fire.
A few years ago our home, too, was threatened by a much smaller fire, but we did have to evacuate. Fortunately, the weather changed, the temperature dropped as it was October, and the fire fighters were able to contain it. Our house is the closest to the smoke in the photo.
So we wait, watch television for the latest news, knowing that, if conditions were right, it could happen here. And hoping we can help in some way. And we can, perhaps if only financially. There may be other things we can do to help. We know that people would do the same for us.
|Castle Rock Fire, 2003.