Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pray for Colorado!

Remember last summer when my beautiful state of Colorado was ravaged by wildfires? Specifically the Waldo Canyon Fire? I do! It was awful! I couldn't believe what my town was going through and I felt so badly for those that lost their homes and belongings in that fire. It was one of the worst things this town has ever experienced and one of the worst things I have ever experienced in my 25 years of living in this town. 

Well once again this summer, we are having to deal with the wildfires. Currently we have at least five wildfires burning and all but one of them started yesterday. It has been so hot and dry here and we are already in a drought and all these conditions are just making it not look like a good summer for us. 

One of the fires is about 10 miles Northeast of my house. It's awful. They are estimating (as of 10 pm last night) that 40-60 structures have already been lost. And who knows how many animals are out there that couldn't escape. It's just heart breaking. And to see the smoke plume just getting bigger and bigger, it just makes my stomach hurt. 

How awful would it be to see this on the news and have to say "That's my house!"
Top Left: Taken at work at about 5 pm yesterday
Top Right: Taken a few blocks away from the my house around 8 pm yesterday
Bottom Left: Taken from my driveway at around 6 pm yesterday
Bottom Right: Taken from my driveway at around 8 pm yesterday
And I personally know three guys that are fire fighters that are out there putting their lives on the line to keep this thing from spreading even more than it has. And I am worried sick. I just keep hoping that I hear from one of them soon or that they put a status up on Facebook or something to let us know that they are okay. It's nerve wracking enough knowing that this thing is spreading and that people are losing their homes. But to know people that are putting themselves out there to try and save other people's lives and homes, it is really hard not to get worried about them. 

One of my friends who is out there fighting the fire. He saved this fawn! And as of 12 midnight, he had posted on Facebook that he was okay and would be going back out this morning! Whew!
Another one of the fires is way South of us, but it is threatening a historical site called the Royal Gorge Bridge. This bridge is a big tourist place, but it is part of our State and our history and to see that it is being threatened by the fire and could potentially be gone by morning, it's heart breaking. We used to go there all the time when I was younger and to think that it could be gone in the blink of the eye is just the worst. 

The Royal Gorge Bridge during the fire Yesterday
People being evacuated from The Royal Gorge Bridge Yesterday
What's even harder right now is sitting back and listening to people around the country complaining about how they are getting nothing but rain and they are tired of it. And I get it. When you have had so much of one particular type of weather, it does get irritating. But, I would much rather have your rain right now than to see my state burning down. 

My state needs your thoughts and prayers more than ever right now. And so do all those individuals that have lost their homes or pets and all those that are out trying to stop these horrible fires. So please send your thoughts and prayers to Colorado. And Mother Nature, we would appreciate some cooler weather and some precipitation. Thanks in advance everyone. 



  1. Ugh so sad. I can't believe I was just rafting down the royal gorge and was in that area 2 weeks ago!

  2. Sending you our rain girl! Wishing for lots and lots of rain for you guys soon! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. Wow...just wow. That is horrible. Seriously, echoing what K said, all we've had is rain! Sending storm clouds and good thoughts your way.

  4. Wow, your pictures!! What a scary thing to see off in the distance!! I'm keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers!! If I could send some of our rain your way, I would!!!!

  5. so sorry I'm late to comment here..these pics are CRAZY! I can't believe how much smoke you can see from your own house! It's so ominous! I def. wish we could send all our rain your way, thinking of you!


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