|Waldo Canyon Fire, Denver Post Photo|
It rivals the Chicago fire lore, reputed to be started by Mrs. O'Leary and her cow. It probably started just as innocently, although how the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs did start remains a mystery .Waldo Canyon Fire Crews Making Progress
This fire, along with scores of other fires throughout Colorado just adds salt to a wound. The temperatures here have been in the three digits for almost two weeks. The nice thing about this state was that when it got this hot, we got a reprieve with a cold front that would cool things down for a few days.
No such luck.
Colorado has its' annual fires every year, but I can't remember one as devastating. It is surreal to look at the pictures of neighborhoods smoldering from a fire that tore through Colorado Springs. Rampant winds accelerated it to 20 miles an hour yesterday. This gave residents' little time to evacuate their homes.
Looking at the faces of people that lost everything just breaks my heart. Special memories; the births, deaths, graduations, marriages- all things we associate with home- taken away so ruthlessly by mother nature.
I am fortunate, as I live north of the closest fire to my residence, which has now been contained in Boulder. It gives me pause to think about what is really most important in life. For me, it would be family, pets, pictures.
Everything else can be replaced.
However, in Colorado Springs, there is one documented death, and 10 people remain unaccounted.
Colorado weather for the coming week is going to be in 90's. We aren't going to get much of a break. It's like fighting a fire within a fire. Not enough credit can be given to the fire fighters from all over the country trying to contain its' fury.
Soon, regretfully, this state will have lost all it's wooded areas; the evergreen's and other foliage that make it so marvelous and beautiful.
There is no doubt this is part of global warming. A women remarked that "the world was coming to an end."
After all the bible does say it will end in fire.
I hope not.