Forest Fire Spreading - update +
Over 7,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Manitou Springs as well as sections of the west side of Colorado Springs. Dry conditions, low humidity, and gusty winds will make it hard to contain this fire today although several agencies are doing what they can.
The fire is still a few miles from us and not heading this direction at this point, but we are watching conditions closely and are ready if evacuation becomes necessary.
The fire has mainly taken forest land so far, but I have to feel for the wildlife whose lives and homes are being destroyed. Someone took pictures of a bear wandering the streets in Old Colorado City....so sad.
More information will come to light as time goes on, but it's suspected this is the work of an arsonist. He or she tried to set off 20 fires in this county in the past week, all put out quickly. Unfortunately, it seems this person was "successful" this time....and may strike again. Terrible situation....
Update: Just got word there is another mandatory evacuation in effect for three towns in Ute Pass - Cascade, Chipita Park, and Green Mountain Falls which is a couple miles from my town of Woodland Park. This is getting very scary....positive thoughts and prayers for our area appreciated...
FURTHER UPDATE: We are packing the vehicles and getting out of town....wish us luck! Prayers please...
FURTHER UPDATE 2: What a long day it's been, a real roller coaster ride....and totally exhausting. We're home but the vehicles are still packed and ready to go at a moment's notice. However, conditions seem to be a bit better this evening than during the day. Thanks, friends, for your caring, support, good thoughts and prayers. Helped me get through the day :))