Tuesday, June 12, 2012

No "Bloomin' Tuesday" today...

I'd like to be able to publish a Bloomin' Tuesday post today, but those along the front range of Colorado have been advised to stay inside, which means it's a "no picture taking" day. As of this morning the High Park Fire {west of Fort Collins} had burned 68 square miles and was growing significantly, with zero percent containment. My husband and I first noticed the fire on Saturday. We looked north and saw a huge cloud of smoke that resembled a massive thunderhead. Our first impression was that we wondered if there had been an enormous explosion. Because it was so hot that day {96 degrees}, the heat of the fire created a huge "thunderhead" that could be seen for miles. With that thunderhead came a deluge of smoke that tracked across the sky. Since then the fire and smoke has only increased in size and magnitude.



Until last night the winds were carrying the smoke northeast and away from us, but this morning we woke to thick smoke-filled skies. We live about 25 miles from the fire as the crow flies. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for those who are fighting the fire or for those whose homes have been destroyed or are in danger...

{source: Vicki Fraley}

{source: Callie Anstett}

Five hundred to 600 personnel are fighting the blaze. Officials have concluded the fire began with a lightening strike. By Monday afternoon, at least 100 homes had been damaged or destroyed by the fire and one life lost. Prayers for those in harms way and those most affected by the fire would be appreciated. 


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Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes

17 comments:

Darla said...

Such devastation ... and this is where some of the floods need to be taking place...

Salmagundi said...

Thanks for posting this -- all of us in Colorado are being affected in some way by the wildfires. My prayers go out to those in harm's way. I linked to your blog in my current post because we tried (and loved) the recipe for pulled pork. Hopefully, it will bring some attention to the fire, as well. We plan to go to the Old Glory Antique Fair on S. Gaylord on Friday - conditions permitting. Take care. Sally

Donna Heber said...

Hi Suzanne,

I'm sending prayers your way for those affected and to the personnel fighting these blazes. Luckily, this is something we have never had to deal with here in the Northeast. Hugs to you and be safe.

Julie Snow said...

I had no idea you were in Colorado. I am too, but southeast of Denver. Interesting to find that out.

Crafty Gardener said...

Suzanne,

Thanks for coming by my blog. It is such a shame to see the smoke from the fires in Colorado. I have lived in Southern California, so I have had smoke heavy in the air from fires in the hills. Prayers coming your way for those in Colorado.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Lynn said...

That's a big fire. It seems we here in Alberta deal wildfires in some way every summer. Hopefully they will get it under control soon.

Pam said...

I've been watching this on the news. Stay safe.

java_jenny said...

Oh no! My heart and prayers go out to every one effected by this tragedy. I cringe when I hear about fires like this. It's so awful. Stay safe!

quilt happy said...

so sad that people lose their homes that way stay safe

Michele said...

Sending good thoughts.

Gisela Suski said...

This is just horrible I have been on those roads with the smell of smoke and just the fear of it and destruction. I send prayers.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Suzanne--it's heartbreaking. Oh, how I feel for all those that are dealing with this. The homeowners and the firefighters.
I hope and pray they can contain this really soon.

gail

daisy said...

How scary. I'll be praying for rain. Hope things are much better by next Bloomin' Tuesday. Stay safe!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Praying they will get it under control and for the safety of all involved. (My husband is a fireman and I would be worried sick if he was out there fighting that).

Chris said...

Praying for you all! I had no idea that the fires were so close (As the crow flies) to you.

Jean said...

I hope that by the time you read this the fire is under control. Such devastation. Jean

Lisa M said...

I feel 'sick' for all those affected. I live in rural Victoria, Australia, and we experience bush fires around the state of Victoria, and throughout our nation every year. The devastation and fear they cause is unbelievable. And I would just like to remind everyone that although the fire might destroy property, staying in harms way is just not worth it - life is too precious to risk losing because of a home or car or any other such object. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially those fighting to bring it under control. God bless.