By Dianne E. Butts:
I talked to my friend Tanya on June 14th.
“We were evacuated last Sunday,” she said. “The fire is now on our mountain. We’re in a hotel room. My husband gets stressed when he thinks we might lose the house, but we’re doing okay.”
I know Tanya and her family have a deep faith in God and they are trusting Him, no matter what happens. When times get tough, people who know God often find their faith is strengthened. Though the circumstances are horrible, that’s how people might be finding God in the Colorado forest fires.
The High Park fire is now the most destructive in terms of the number of homes destroyed in Colorado history, destroying 248 homes as of June 25th. The High Park fire started June 9 by a lightning strike and by June 25th had burned more than 83,000 acres, killing one person.
The fire is in northern Colorado. My home is in southern Colorado, but the smoke had found its way to my neighborhood even before the Waldo Canyon fire started on Saturday, June 23, and quickly grew to 1,000 acres.
Record-breaking high temperatures, no rain, and high winds have created tinder dry conditions in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Several towns, including Manitou Springs, Chipita Park, and Green Mountain Falls have been evacuated.
In the days leading up to the Waldo Canyon fire, twenty wildfires were started in Teller County, the county just west of Colorado Springs, the work of a suspected arsonist. At the time of this writing, fire investigators have not been able to get in to the area to investigate what started the Waldo Canyon fire. The fire is too intense and unpredictable at this time. The local news stations have covered the fire non-stop for more than 48 hours at this time.
Fires of this magnitude can create their own weather:
A “pyrocumulus cloud” formed over the Waldo Canyon fire on both June 24th and another one is forming as I write this on June 25th. According to Inciweb.org,
“A pyrocumulus, or fire cloud, is formed from thermal combustion. This cloud causes [convection] and may produce defined vertical development of a plume.”
My friend Tanya told me: “the new maps have our mountain listed as ‘Crist’ mountain, but we know it as ‘Christ’ mountain and most people around here call it that.” Two weeks later, Tanya is still out of her home.
As we watch these fires and whatever developments occur next, those affected—whether as victims evacuated, those who lost homes or property or a loved one, or those who are fighting the fires—can be assured that many Christians are praying for them. Most of all we pray they are finding God in the Colorado forest fires.
Photo of another pyrocumulus cloud in Oregon, July 15, 2007.
Here’s a YouTube video about the fires, uploaded by SlateNewsChannel
© Dianne E. Butts. Diane is a regular contributor to Finding God Daily, prolific article writer and book author. Read more about Dianne on our About Us page, or at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com. You can also connect with Dianne on Twitter @DianneEButts.
WALDO CANYON FIRE UPDATES
Thursday June 28, 2012: Colorado wildfire destroys hundreds of homes(Associated Press, via SFGate); Waldo Canyon Fire officials confirm “hundreds” of homes destroyed (Denver Post, denverpost.com); WALDO CANYON FIRE: Fire officials more optimistic Thursday (Colorado Spring Gazette at gazette.com).For additional updates visit Colorado Springs News and Information (The Gazette) at Gazette.com