Jun 11, 2012

Fort Collins Fire

(Photo taken last night by my awesome better half)

If you've been watching the news, you've probably heard about the fires in Colorado.  Not too long ago, just a few weeks ago in fact, we were dealing with a big fire.  It was bad enough that kids were not allowed to go outside for recess and ventilation systems were shut down to keep the smoke out of buildings.  That was a big one.  It was contained and eventually put out.  Thank goodness.

But now, now we are dealing with an even bigger fire.  It's up to 40,000 acres and is just on the other side of a ridge of hills from our home.  We live on the south end of Fort Collins so we are not in danger, well other than smoke, but we are safe.  Many others are not.

My heart is full of worry for those families that stand in harms way.  Several homes have already been lost, businesses have been destroyed and sadly, the fire is 0% contained.  That means it continues to burn.

Today the fire made it's way over the hills and is now working it's way East towards some small towns and areas that border Fort Collins.  Crews are coming in from all over the US to fight the fires.

It's hard to be so close and feel so helpless.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to all those we are bravely battling this and other fires in our nation.

In talking with a friend today, - she doesn't live near me but does live in an area where fires could happen and spread quickly - she told me that she was warned that if she gets a knock on her door she needs to be prepared to leave her home within two minutes.  TWO MINUTES!  That's been on mind all day as I try to take a mental inventory of what I would grab if I only had two minutes.

What would you grab if you only had two minutes to leave?

It's hard to think about, isn't it?  But, it's good to think about it too - that way, maybe we can all be a little more prepared should an emergency, fire or any other kind, hit.

Think about it.

Do something about it.

I know I am.

and, if you get the chance, hug a fire fighter or at least make them cookies and say thanks!


Out for an Adventure said...

UGH! I know how you feel =[ I live in AZ and we get a lot of fires. It's scary!!

My brother-in-law is a firefighter with the Air Force.

I hope that fire can become contained.


Anonymous said...

It is a horrible feeling, isn't it? I'm "down-the-road" southeast of you in Elbert County. The smoke is just eery here. And that 2 minute warning will rattle you to the core. We were in a four hour hail storm last week and got the reverse 911 call. Years ago, at our other house, another reverse 911 call when a fire was raging towards our area. I pray for your safety and the safety of others in your area...and those amazing firefighters. We need to get those rain dances going for sure!
You're in my thoughts.

Pretty Knitty said...

People, Pets and Pictures are at the top of my list. Everything else can be replaced. Those fires are so devastating...

Linda L. said...

Everyone, no matter where they live, should be prepared with a plan for disasters, natural or otherwise. We had an ice storm here 14 years ago with many people out of their homes in community shelters for weeks. We don't get wildfires, hurricanes and the like so few of us had any idea what to do.
It can also be a man-made disaster like a train derailment or nuclear power plant accident that puts you out of your home. Whether it's for a few days or weeks, planning ahead will make a huge difference to how you cope with and get through it.