Thoughts and prayers with victims of wildfire

Posted on 29. Jun, 2012 by in Lifestyle - General

It’s been a really tough June for Colorado residents. Even though it feels like summer just started, wildfires are tearing through the state, destroying homes, displacing families and leaving residents scared and uncertain of what the future holds.

The latest reports estimate that more than 32,000 residents in the Colorado Springs area have been forced to evacuate, including those at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Reports from major news outlets say firefighters have no way of grasping how many homes in total have been destroyed. Apparently the blaze is already the size of an entire town, and it shows no signs of slowing.

We’re used to extreme weather in Colorado, but the unseasonably dry and hot early summer has made conditions ripe for unthinkable disaster. Terrible and destructive wildfires are not uncommon in other parts of the country, but here in Colorado we aren’t prepared for such a fast moving and destructive force of nature – especially one so large.

When I think about the displaced families of Colorado Springs, I think of my own family{,} who I’ve raised in this beautiful state. To lose all of your belongings and personal family history so fast and with so little warning  would be unimaginably heartbreaking.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to the hard working students at the Air Force Academy. My father flew for the U.S. Air Corps during World War II and I know the kind of brave and patriotic individuals who join the armed forces. Hopefully they aren’t displaced and these fires don’t hinder their dreams of flying.

So far, no deaths have been reported, and lets all pray it stays that way. Losing all of your belongings is one thing, but walking away with your life and the lives of your loved ones is all that matters under these circumstances. This is a nightmare scenario, and I hope everyone reading this is praying for a safe and swift end to this disaster.

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