Skip to comments.Colorado Springs Fires - 32,000 people have been evacuated
Posted on 06/26/2012 8:00:18 PM PDT by nuconvert
This is the Waldo Canyon fire. Winds grew to 65mph this afternoon and the fire went over the fire-breaks.
The Air Force Academy and surrounding neighborhood have been evacuated.
Interstare I-25 has been closed north of Colorado SPrings in order to allow local people use the highway to evacuate.
Thanks. The husband is a soldier and they’ve moved closer to the post. I don’t know the area and so am trusting God and their situation awareness.
Well, the fires didn’t need to be this bad. That had man’s hand upon it.
And maybe God could be more angry at a church than at a brothel because the church is abusing its faith while the brothel never had it.
That is horrific..
Oh thanks...Hopefully they get a handle on them soon. The Insurance companies are going to be bankrupt between these fires and the flooding in Florida.
will be praying
Dear Linda- Isaiah 5:20 The Lord God is just- I’m not judging you guys are having fires and we had serious water last August (Irene)
My ex-wife’s neighborhood is being evacuated so she is at my house. Also here are my daughter, her hubby and four kids. We’ve got ash falling on Fort Carson and the smell is pretty bad outside.
Insurance firms today deal with the potential for these large regional catastrophes by selling what they call “cat bonds.” While normally the bonds gain value as the insurance firm accrues profits, a catastrophe vacuums them out for a certain number of years.
"I passed through South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho by train. Among the valleys, with mountains on every side, during all that trip a mountain was never seen. This was because the fires in the mountains created such a smoke that the whole country was enveloped by it ... "
-- Major John Wesley Powell, 1889
Were there bad Green forest management policies in the West in the 1800s?
Bad stuff happens that has nothing to do with humans. Interestingly both the extremely religious and the extreme left/radical environmentalists have trouble with this concept.
The Haitian earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and these fires are perfectly normal results of basic geology, climatology, biology, and physics that have clearly happened repeatedly in the same locations for thousands or millions of years. The people that happened to be near those events, and what they did or didn't believe were irrelevant to whether the event occurs. Obviously assuming thsee events occur, people have some control over how poorly built their houses are or whether they live below sea level, etc.
These events aren't purely random, of course, because they have clearly understood physical causes and a pattern of repeated occurance, but they are essentially random in their effect on humans - people are simply getting in the way.
The problem is it makes people feel better if it's God's punishment or human-caused "Climate change" because it implies it's less random and more controllable, somehow. It also makes people feel better if a fire is arson than if it's caused by lightning, for some reason. We can arrest arsonists, but can't arrest thunderstorms.
It's important for people to think rationally about natural disasters because based on a lot of geological and paleometeorological evidence, we've been lucky for quite a while. Of course, things simply returning to normal will either be blamed on divine punishment, or, if it's a weather-related event, on "Global Warming."
thanks for posting the photo..I didn’t know how to:0
He snapped this as they were leaving the house for the last time( evacuation).. they are a neat family small business folks who had an idea and it has been successful.
been through some hard times already for sure.i just hope there was time to get things/pictures that can’t be replaced. Am praying no lives will be lost.
if anyone wishes to google map the area, the fight is along flying w road and points north
nice for you to take them all in...
Updates here from the Co Springs Gazette: http://www.gazette.com/articles/fire-140851-highway-waldo.html
Fire map here: http://inciweb.org/incident/2929/
The main fire dropped embers quite a ways to the west and started spot fires in neighborhoods. Very dry conditions have made those spread into houses - now it seems to be self-sustaining.
Prayers for all.
I sure hope that neighborhood doesn’t burn. All I can think about is years of investment and work burning..and the family pictures..horrible. Glad you are safe.
Note that you list a bunch of “ologies” in your causes.
Note that an “ology” is a human field of study.
this reminds me of the history channel (?) “it could happen next” or something like that about a wild fire that takes out austin texas.
they just evacuated garden of the gods areas (the park had already been closed). this is surreal.
My prayers are with them! God Bless those local firefighters trying to make the last stand! So very sad! I grew up there :(
Green Mountain falls it a neat little place.
This is very bad.
The issues of causes will not stay ignored, but the fire fight must be the focus now. The wind from reports is still southeast and houses and structures along with large specimen trees standing exposed in neighborhoods are going to throw large embers higher than ground brush would.
The fight will go all night long. A wind shift or reduction is my hope and prayer. You guys in the Springs are going to have a bad morning I’m afraid.
If any of you saw the disaster epic, “2012” with John Cusack, you will remember a scene where, as they are approaching Hawaii to refuel, all they see is Hawaii on fire.
That is pretty much how north suburban Colorado Springs looks tonight.
I'm not all that far from Flagstaff, so we're keeping an eye on that one. Looks like, right now, it's heading towards Boulder.
Sister-in-law had a small place in Green Mountain Falls before she died. It is a wonderful area.
Buddygirl's comments aside, and what may or may not be a judgment from God aside...
1 Peter 4.17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
We’d usually pull into Green Mountain Falls to get a Coke or Iced Tea before getting into the Springs.
Your sister-in-law lived in a great place.
Living in California, we see this all the time. It's the worse experience you can imagine with a fire storm heading your way. I spent some time fighting wild-fires in my youth. Personally, I'd rather face erratic tornadoes than a wild fire. At least they go away after their devastation and skip over homes and if prepared, you can duck into a ground shelter. Wild fires keep going and going, and once in their line, all homes go up.
BTW, where is Obama on this disaster? Oh right, campaigning for dollars. I remember Bush declaring one of the CA wild fires as a national emergency and sending out FEMA. It was just brush, but burning down lots of homes as is this CO fire.
Thanks for the insight as to that area. Prayers for you and yours and all in the region.
Disasters like this were slow to be know in prior ages. The biggest and worst fire in Minnesota was largely unreported because it occurred the same day as the Chicago Fire. In the video-electronic-Internet age we have live feeds to Tanning Booth inpropriaties.
I worked in Woodland Park, have family near there, and this is horrible news! My daughter lives in Castle Rock, and she just told me the smoke is unbelievable!
(BTW - you live near Flagstaff? Did you know there is now a fire in Cottonwood?)
Prayers for your daughter, husband and furry kid, and the safe-keeping of their home, Jemian!
Please water down your city out there too. It is my favorite place on the planet.
I've seen wild fires where it appears to be the end of the world for those in the path..
My thoughts and hopes go to those in the CO fire danger areas.
“BTW, where is Obama on this disaster?”
Yep, Barry was in Boston at a black-tie campaign fundraiser banquet. He made some funny remarks about the Red Sox, seemingly without a care in the world. No mention of epic fires. There should have been more air tankers put into place four days ago, but Barry has better things to worry about. Totally asleep at the wheel...
I live in Sedona, and we have been having dry lightening all afternoon and evening. I am very leary - as I have many trees - and everything is SO dry!
same thing he did when texas (conservative) burned and memphis (conservative) drowned...hmm a bit of a pattern?
I hope you can post the picture from Colorado Springs.
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Oh I remember where you are from. I am so glad you are doing well after the terrible accident you had.
Next time the wife and I are out there we will buy you lunch.
Good live TV coverage
Thank you! That is so kind. I am still in Physical Therapy (it’s been almost six months since the accident), and in grief/loss therapy. It’s been a looooooooooong ride, and quite a journey!
FReepmail me when you plan to come to God’s beautiful country. I would be honored to join you for lunch.
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I just had a telephone conversation with a Denver friend tonight while I was doing the laundry. She kept coughing, which is not like her. She explained that her cough was due to the fires. Good thing I am not planning my usual Colorado hiking vacation this year, as I would have a hard time with the particulates in the air from the smoke. As far as I know, Denver is nowhere really close to any of the fires and she’s still coughing.
I recommended she get an indoor air purifier, as she’s not a spring chicken any more. Does anyone have a brand they could particularly recommend?
Here’s another live video feed from KRDO, Colorado Springs. . .
Your friend is probably breathing some smoke from the Boulder fire. The winds are coming from the north.
we will pray....coming home tonight, after another very rainy day here in eastern Washington, the temp was 48 degrees, so I can’t imagine the dry, hot conditions down there...
We are supposed to be in Sedona in three days.
My daughter’s man friend and kids live in the area of the Air Force Academy, they just evacuated. He texted me, as they drove away it appears the house is burning, his sister had just evacuated to his house her house was gone.
In California we are used to this, however it does not in anyway take away what Colorado and now Arizona are going through.
While I don't mean to minimize the wild fires in Colorado, if Sedona were to go up in flames, it would be a national loss. It would be the same as if the peaks in Monument Valley (Utah) fell, or if Half Dome fell into the Yosemite valley. Sedona is the only place like it on the planet, IMHO. Without its greenery to contrast its red rock, it would not be the same.
Best to you in Sedona, and best to all in Colorado. What a beautiful State CO is.
DH and son just met up with 86 yo father in law who finally agreed to leave. He is not in mandatory zone but surrounded by it on 3 sides by less than a block. They said traffic not too bad but nw Colorado springs eerily deserted. Can’t see much flame right now as smoke close to the ground. Thank God that grandpa agreed to spend some time with us in Denver and we were able to get him out of his neighborhood reasonably easily. Scary situation. Watching the live feed I was thinking this must be what London an d other cities looked like in the firestorms of WW2. The people near these fires need our prayers big time. I will be surprised if there is no loss of life
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This is amazing. The Temp has dropped 30+ degrees in the last 90 minutes. The weather forecast has changed while I was watching with rain now predicted throughout the I-25 Corridor tomorrow! Praise God!
The weather/wind forecast for tomorrow is not promising.