In the Colorado Fires, what went right? Quite a bit actually! Here is what I know.
I live in Monument Colorado and I have had to leave the area a few times due to smoke levels being so intense from the Colorado Fires. I could not breath in the smoke as I am healing from severe congestive heart failure.
I have been working on the garden, as long as the smoke is not excessive. We were also able to get some food to the local food bank as there is over 30,000 people evacuated from their homes. We are in a pre-evacuation area, as the fire is heading toward our area.
Reuters reported the following: writing by Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Eric Walsh)
Firefighters struggled on Wednesday to beat back a wildfire raging at the edge of Colorado Springs that doubled in size overnight, forced more than 32,000 people from their homes and was nipping at the edges of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The blaze, fanned by hot winds, has charred a number of homes on the wooded edges of the city and was prompting fresh evacuations on Wednesday. President Barack Obama plans to travel to the area on Friday to view the damage. But in the chaos of the fire’s advance, officials could not say exactly how many homes were lost or how many more people might join the ranks of the displaced. Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown called the firestorm threatening his city – in a metropolitan area of more than 650,000 people – “a monster” and said at this point flames were “not even remotely close to being contained.”
The fire, which has charred 15,517 acres in the shadow of the famed Pikes Peak mountaintop, was not as intense early on Wednesday as the day before, but would likely build up again as the temperature rises during the day, fire information officer Rob Deyerberg said.
The number of evacuees stood at 32,000 on Tuesday night, before some residents in Woodland Park, population 7,600, and surrounding areas were also told to leave their homes, Deyerberg said. He could not provide a total number of evacuees.
“The evacuation area is expanding as a precaution,” he said.
President Obama is coming to survey the damage that was caused by Colorado fires according to the news also. I usually do not watch much news, but with all that is at stake with the fire, we have had to keep track of the fire and the evacuation processes. I have helped a few of my friends move their equipment out of the pre-evacuation area, a long way away. So the heavy equipment and animals are moved and safe in their temporary home.
What went right with the Colorado Fires?
- The City, State and Forest Service worked together as a Team, along with military personnel also.
- The City of Colorado Springs had been working on fire mitigation due to the fire danger in the city and areas that needed the help
- All of the services worked together to get the correct information out to the public
- The news crews were respectful and took turns asking questions instead of the mob like scenes in other news conferences that I had watched in Washington DC or other larger cities.
- The local citizens helped each other out, prayed together and did what ever they could to ensure everyone had shelter, food and most importantly emotional support.
- The utilities company had gas and electric off to the evacuated areas to protect the firefighters as well as surrounding homes and businesses.
- The firefighters were supported, prayed for and lifted up as they continue to be lifted up during this entire operation
- The number one reason things are going well, Cooperation and Love for one another.
When adversity comes your way, May you also be blessed with friends, neighbors and a community that shows love for one another, as well as being the Caretaker of those around them.
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