Fires Here, Fires There––Colorado On Fire Till Fall! Part 2

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 14:34 PM
June 27, 2012

   So far, little has been, or can be, done to stop at least six separate wildfires from raging through the state of Colorado.  As of today, the fires have chased some 32,000 people from their homes in Colorado City.  And weather experts expect the fires to keep jumping around the state until some months into the Fall.

Ed Payne reports for CNN News that the fire––complicated by thunderstorms––doubled last night to cover some 15,324 acres, and by this morning, forced many Colorado city residents to flee from their homes.

“This is a firestorm of epic proportions,” Richard Brown, the Colorado Springs Fire chief, said last night, as winds moving up to 65 mph swept through mountain canyons.  So far, only 5% of the 6,200-acre fire is contained.

As he surveyed the Waldo Canyon Fire, Governor John Hickenlooper said, “There were people’s homes burned to the ground. It was surreal.  There’s no question, it’s serious. It’s as serious as it gets.” There are two reported deaths.

Anne Rys-Sikora, spokeswoman for a multi-agency fire response team, says fire officials label this blaze “as exhibiting extreme fire behavior.” She explains “the fire conditions could not be worse.  It is like a convection oven out there.”

Yesterday, Colorado had a record high temperature of 101 degrees, with the expectation of hot, dry weather in the foreseeable future.  The flames from the Colorado City fire are nearing the U.S. Air Force Academy, and some 2,100 its residents have been evacuated.  Activities at the Academy have been canceled, and the U.S. Forest Service is using its runways for helicopters used to fight the fires.

When speaking of the hundreds of thousands of acres that the fires have already destroyed, meteorologist Dave Barjenbruch of the National Weather Service in Boulder says that this “past week has been hellish across Colorado.”

‘Hell’ is a good term.  Another good term is major media amnesia.  While the main stream press may report on casualties when they happen, it usually ignores the results of those tragedies days and years later.

Why can’t we see that something is direly amiss in our nation:  these unrelenting fires; massive flooding last year leaving some citizens still living in temporary government housing; New Orleans not yet recovered from Hurricane Katrina; Florida residents still suffering from that oil spill; massive droughts, etc.

We are like those in the Christian messages of Amos, chapter 4, to whom The LORD said, “I have given you . . . want of bread in all your places: . . . I have withholden the rain from you,  . . .   I have smitten you with blasting and mildew . . . I have sent among you the pestilence . . . I have overthrown some of you, . . . yet have ye not returned unto Me . . . Therefore, prepare to meet Thy God.”  How much more is it going to take for America to get the message?

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