We can see the mountains again this morning! The fire is still burning, and still huge, but it was so reassuring to see Pike’s Peak looming large and glorious on the horizon again!
Hope is not dead. At the news conference, it was said that “We have nothing but hope!”
I love that optimism after days of somber updates and frustrated leaders.
As of this morning, the Waldo Canyon Fire has burned 18,500+ acres, and is 5% contained. It has taken 200-300 homes, though this figure is very rough, as they won’t be able to determine total loss until it’s more contained. There are now more than 1200 firefighters actively fighting this blaze. And, praise be to God, there are still no injuries or deaths reported due to this fire!
The following map shows the fire’s progression from the first day through the end of yesterday. The yellow represents the explosive growth on Tuesday – the scariest day for everyone here. They anticipated more growth yesterday, but were able to hold their newly created lines decently well in spite of bad wind conditions.
God’s hand, anyone?
During the news conference, this morning, they stated that they are hoping to begin evaluating the safety of some of the evacuated neighborhoods throughout today, so that they can perhaps give an idea of when residents might go back in. It’s all still very much up in the air though.
The Denver Post has published some outstanding, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring, sobering photos of the fire HERE. They took my breath away, and I cried over such destruction. Then, a friend posted this picture on her Facebook wall, and I smiled:
It was about time for the happy images to be seen! Most are heart-breaking, but this one brought joy to so many as it exploded across Facebook.
These brave men and women who are working around the clock to fight this fire are just amazing. I am so thankful to God for every single one of them. It is through them that God is working in our city.
They are the rain we have been praying for.
The hope we have of containing this fire is growing. God’s hand is over our city, comforting, working, and saving. The rain has come in the form of the hands and feet of people helping each other.
In the middle of all of our uncertainty and stress, the rain has come.
Its name is Hope. And I pray that all who have hope now, can understand that it comes from God. It is his gift to us today.
Grace & Peace,