Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Now We Have an Epic Fire....

Waldo Canyon started burning on Saturday, around noon. Right now, there are 15,342 acres burning. 32,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Yesterday around 4PM, the worst case scenario occurred. There was a thunderstorm on the other side of the canyon which contained 65 mile per hour winds and literally pushed the fire over the ridge and into the Northwest part of Colorado Springs, which is residential. As of this hour many many homes have been lost. Most thankfully, there have been no injuries!! We are about 20 miles away, a bit north and east and we are in a high spot. The pictures posted here were when this virtual explosion occurred. It was within that hour when we began to think about really preparing to evacuate. I received a recorded phone call from Medtronic, the supplier of Edward's diabetic equipment 'reminding' him of what to bring in case of evacuation. A shudder ran down our spines at that moment.

These pictures were taken from outside my front door, and down the street at around the 4 o'clock hour. One of our neighbors brought out a very powerful pair of binoculars which he set up on a tripod so we could see what was happening on the Ridge. We saw the houses burning well into the night....clearly. This is a historically challenging fire, where all agencies and jurisdictions are working in unison. Please be assured that we are okay. The information is non-stop and we will heed all warnings. Again, we are 20 miles away. We would ask that you pray for the people of Colorado Springs, for the firefighters, for the newscasters, for  all the very important decision making people who have been extraordinary, and for the weather cooperating. Will most definitely keep you posted.

9 comments:

LisaLisa said...

Thanking the Lord this day that you and Jimmy and family are OK but we must still pray for those who are in the way of that firer. Lord keep them all safe. Material things can be replaced but we know life can not. Sending many prayers. Love you!

Amy Lilley Designs said...

As you know all too well...thank you Lisa for your love and prayers...always yours...XXXXXXX

Azure Accessories said...

Oh Amy...my heart goes out to you, your family...to those who have lost their homes or been evacuated! Rest assured good thoughts, love and prayers are coming your way!!!

It has been dry here in northern Ontario this year...we've had many forest fires, not in my immediate area and nothing like this but I have some idea of the feelings.

Be safe Amy...keep us posted so we know you are safe!
Heather

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Thank you dear Heather...we are fine, but still very much in the thick of it...going hour by hour...after yesterday...it happened SO FAST...like a bomb went off..thank you for your prayers and I always feel your love...:)))

I will most definitely keep you posted...here is the link to my Facebook page...lots of pics and short videos from the past couple of days...

http://www.facebook.com/amy.shermanlilley?ref=tn_tnmn

WillOaks Studio said...

Wow, Amy, much too close for comfort!! Praying for the weather to help all the brave firefighters bring this under control & for all the folks in trouble out there....and to keep everyone safe!! Possessions can be replaced but not a precious life--do take care!!

Amy Lilley Designs said...

WAAAAAYYYYY too close for comfort...this explosion over the ridge was really scary...I am still learning the landscape, the lay of the land so to speak and the 20 miles distance is alot better than 5 or 6...that's for sure...my neighbors helped alot. The firefighters are such heroes in the truest and fullest sense of the word...thank you for praying for them Karen...we will keep you posted as we stay vigilant...trust that YOU are well...always so good to hear from you...:))))

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Pansylee VanMeteren said...
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Pansylee VanMeteren said...

OMG!Good to know you're OK, thank God you are safe. Stay safe all the time. Hugs! <3