Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fire! ~ pt. 2

This is the map which came out on Saturday evening. The beige is the initial mandatory evacuation zone. Pink was pre-evacuation - some of which is now under mandatory evacuation. The dark red was the initial burn on Friday. The lighter red is where the fire went on Saturday. There wasn't much growth on Sunday because the wind was calmer and the humidity higher.
The fire is believed to have started about 12:30pm on Friday. Deputies were immediately dispatched to the subdivision to knock on doors and warn everyone to get out - cell service is very sparse in this area. Because the winds were so strong and the air and vegetation was so dry, the fire quickly 'blew up'. The situation rapidly grew grim as many deputies and residents were then caught behind the fire line and rescue efforts were begun. Fortunately everyone got out okay and the pets which were at home by themselves were all rescued by the end of the day Saturday. Large animals took longer to evacuate and help was enlisted from as far away as Denver to get them all out. 
This mountain community has been incredible in offering their homes, pastures and any resource they may have to help those in need. It is a shame people can't get along like this when there are no disasters.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Fire! ~ pt.1

It's that time of year that many people look forward to - Summer. While it can be fun and relaxing for most folks. There are those out there that do not look forward to the hot, dry days which Summer can bring. Especially those people who live in areas that can be affected by wildfire.
This Summer has been a long, hot, dry, windy affair here in Colorado. Emphasis on the hot, dry, windy part. Rain has been sparse and the grasses and trees are showing extreme signs of stress. These conditions are perfect for wildfires to ignite and spread quickly. Smelling smoke and seeing the gorgeous Rockies through a haze quickly becomes the norm.
The 416 Fire by Durango started our Wildfire Season. Then the Spring Fire in the San Luis Valley burst into life, followed by many others. And I have only mentioned a few of the numerous fires around our lovely state.
The cause of the 416 Fire is unknown at this time. It has burned over 49,000 acres and is only 37% contained. The cause of the Spring Fire was a human. No excuse for that! It is still raging with a mere 5% containment and over 50,000 acres burned. And hundreds of people have been evacuated.
The latest fires in Colorado are closer to home. The Weston Pass Fire burning south of Fairplay is just a bit over 6,000acres and caused by lightning. The Chateau Fire, west of Cripple Creek, is now at 1300+acres and is at 0% containment. 

All the above photos are of the Chateau Fire.

I am going to write about the Chateau Fire because this writer and her hubby are directly affected. Our little cabin and the gorgeous land and magnificent trees are being impacted. You see, the fire is currently on the second ridge directly to the east of our place. Literally knocking on our door. Our place was in the initial evacuation zone. Rumors of human cause have been whispered of but no confirmation has been given. And a true investigation cannot begin until the fire is out. While our cabin is not our primary residence, our worry is still there and very real. You see, our property has more than a dozen culturally modified trees on it. Probably more. These trees were modified hundreds of years ago. They are living artifacts of a time and people who we know not much about. They are priceless treasures which cannot be replaced. Yes, they would eventually die. But a natural death is so much better than a brutal loss to something like fire. And the animals which have been displaced, hurt or died...My heart mourns for them.
Map of Chateau Fire. Our area is circled in blue.

Please keep us in your prayers tonight. Some positive affirmations for a quick containment on all fires would be greatly appreciated. ♥

***All information given in this post was current at noon on Monday, July 2, 2018***