Sunday, July 8, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire

Well I think you could say the Waldo Canyon fire has been a influential part of our lives here in Colorado Springs. We are thankful to hear that the fire is now 98% contained. For a time there It was as though the whole city was on hold. Watching an holding their breath. Pun intended. It stank like a campfire up on here. There was quite a predicament as much of the housing in our area does not have A/C. We were experiencing record high temperatures and the health department was suggesting closing up windows and doors for smoke.
We have a semi sufficient window A/C but I definitely headed to the down town library for a break. It was hotter than Fresno for at least a week. Crazy.
It was interesting to see all the activity from our balcony. We were never in an evacuation zone but could see a lot of what was going on. In these pictures you can see aircrafts preparing to and attacking the fire with slurry, a fire retardant.

In the bottom picture the plane is dropping the red slurry on the perimeter of the fire.
All it took was a change in wind to cover our city in a Fresno like smog.

It was fascinating to see how social media effected the news coverage.
I moved my cooking outside to remove as much heat as possible from our apartment.

When our typical of the season afternoon rain finally came in, it was as if it soothed the city.

Last I heard 348 homes were burned in the fire. Firefighters are continuing to work to have the fire 100% contained. We continue to pray for all involved and those who are continuing to be affected by fires elsewhere.
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1 comment:

The Luedtke Family said...

It seems as if many parts of this country are dealing with extreme situations in one form or another. We endured a significant thunderstorm that was slightly tornadic and left us without power for 60 hours in record breaking heat with humidity! Some areas near us much worse. We were okay, but it is interesting to see and hear how our children view the whole thing.

Hope your fires recede, burn out, and don't cause more damage or injury.

I cannot imagine how hot and tired all relief workers feel, all while living in the same conditions that they are fighting.