Almost one year ago Colorado Springs fell victim to the Waldo Canyon Fire. It's the worst our city had seen in a long, long time. Hundreds of families lost their homes and several timeless landmarks were lost. It was devastating for so many of our friends. Our community rallied and rebuilt quickly, and with help from friends, family and strangers, the families who lost everything are moving on...
Today I was riding home with a friend from dropping my van off at the mechanic when she noticed a little plume of smoke off to the distance. We talked about it briefly and moved on to something else... By the time I got home a few minutes later, Kameron looked out our back window and said, "What's THAT?!"
So we turned on the news to see that Black Forest is on fire... This is about 10 miles from our home, not too far from where we used to live. Several of our friends live there and have been evacuated and over 400 acres have been burned so far. We also learned there are 2 other fires in our area and all 3 fires are burning out of control.
We are watching the television, Facebook and out our back window at the same time, seeing many of the same images as we're feeling the same sense of sadness and urgency as we did a year ago. Once again we're watching homes go up in flames as families are being evacuated not knowing if they'll have a home to return to. Once again it is devastating. I can't believe this is happening again. *sigh*
Please be praying for our firefighters and other EMS workers. Please be praying for all the families being evacuated. Please be praying for Colorado Springs and Fremont County... again. I love this town so much and I know that once again, we'll rebuild and come back Colorado Strong. It's just sad.
Here are some early images from 2 of the fires... it's going to be a long night ahead for Colorado.