Last year LeRoy and I read a book called Summer of Fire, a novel with the 1984 Yellowstone fire facts at its core. It was a very interesting look at the way forest fires work and move. It’s quite another story to have a major forest fire going on less than 20 miles from where we are.
The road is now officially closed from about that intersection down to Colorado Springs. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from western Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and everywhere up Highway 24 almost to Woodland Park and most of Woodland Park is under pre-evacuation notice. The Bristlecone RV park where we are located is not a part of that, but we have very much battened down the hatches to be prepared to move. The flagpole is down, the waste tanks are empty and the fresh water tank is full.
LeRoy went out to the picnic table and found remnants from the fire that had drifted in.
We’ve heard some thunder and seen very close lightening, but the weather forecasters don’t think there will be much actual rain. Little do they know that all the churches in Woodland Park had prayer services this morning to pray for rain. God can still do miracles and we believe that he will! Prayers for rain, along with those for the firefighters and displaced people would be greatly appreciated.
In the meanwhile, several of us in the RV park are getting together for a shared cookout this evening and the corn on the cob smells marvelous! We’re also responsible for deviled eggs and salad, so at least if we have to leave we’ll have our tummies full.
Next time you hear from us, we will have further news. Whether or not it includes a new location has yet to be determined!