This has been a sad week for Colorado Springs. On Saturday, a fire was started in Waldo Canyon (one of my favorite hiking places here in the Springs). Because of the strong wind and very dry ground, the fire spread quickly.
On Saturday, Karen and I were driving back from our run in Georgetown, CO. Halfway home, we were informed that the fire had started and the highway we were taking was closed. We had to detour and ended up taking a 5 hour road trip that should have been 2 hours.
Sunday and Monday the fire seemed to be under control but it was 0% contained. The smoke was terrible. I had a horrible headache for two days due to the incredible amount of smoke. Tuesday was when everything got out of control. The wind picked up and the fire quickly switched directions causing it to go straight for Colorado Springs. Thousands of people were immediately evacuated. Sadly, people's biggest fears came true and almost 400 homes were completely destroyed.
It's so sad to see this happen to such a beautiful city. It's even sadder to see people's entire lives burn to ashes. Thankfully Colorado Springs is an amazing city and everyone has been contributing their support, donations, and time. We're also very blessed to have brave fire fighters not only from Colorado Springs but other cities and states as well.
The fire is currently only 15% contained. So far, one person has been found dead. Pray for everyone's safety during this time and the comfort of those who have lost everything.