Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Boulder is about 1/2 a hour from our house. Colorado Springs is about a hour away. There are other fires burning in our state. We have had at least five days of over 100 degrees in most areas. We may get some rain sometime this afternoon. There is a flood watch for parts of Colorado Springs. If they get some rain to help with the fire that's a good thing, but then they have to worry about all of the ash and debris from the fire washing down. That's a bad thing. As if the fire is not enough.
It's hazy everywhere you go. At times, it is hard to breathe. What about all of the people who have to evacuate? Right now, there are close to 40,000 in Colorado Springs alone. That's not counting pets and animals. It is hard to watch on the TV. People, including Kathi and me, have watched with tears in their eyes -- not because of the smoke, but because of the loss of a home, the loss of a way of life, that has been worked so hard for. For the loss of a dream. For the loss of a community. For the loss of the beauty that once was covered by trees.
The community will return and rebuild. Colorado Springs will have the scar of this fire for years to come. The trees will one day grow again. Thanks for the people who have given their time and energy to work towards keeping people safe and putting out this fire, as well as the other fires that burn around our country.
We seem to come together more when we have a need or a cause. Isn't it sad that we don't come together just to be together? We have people here who want to help by feeding the firefighters or by opening their ranches for animals and to supply feed for those animals. Or, some who open their churches for people to have a place to rest or sleep and be fed, and daycare for the little ones.
Yep, the fires are burning here in Colorado. And there is a burning in the people as we come together to help or lend a hand. A burning, to not give up.
It must be the smoke in my eyes. . . things are a bit blurry at the moment.