Update early morning Wednesday: I’m all right. I’m going in search of caffeine and checking the news. I checked last at four am and the fire remained safely on the other side of I-25
Just a quick update. First, so far my family and I are absolutely in no danger. For the fire to get to us, most of the city will need to be burned down.
HOWEVER it’s hard to believe that, when you have falling ash, a visible smoke cloud outside, the entire town smells like a fireplace, and you can see the smoke plume and associated redness from your house.
There is an apocalyptic feel to the landscape, not playing well with my slight depression after the flu. (I am now perfectly all right, btw.) To counteract it, I spent most of the day outside starting the long overdue and desperately needed yard overall (in itself a feeling of the apocalypse ) and I bought a new American flag because flying the flag in front of the house ALWAYS makes me feel happy inside.
Meanwhile, the doctor with whom I have an appointment together (unrelated to the flu, though the problem might underlie the general weakness) has called and I wonder if they’re cancelling because they’re ON THAT side of town, and well…
It’s very odd to have places where our friends live and where my husband used to work being evacuated. Odd to see my son’s just-left high school as a staging area for the media.
Let’s hope it rains. Let’s hope it rains hard, but without one of those high-wind nights that often heralds weather shifts in Colorado. I don’t think we can have the wind.
Those of you of a praying turn of mind, pray for Colorado Springs. To paraphrase Don Camillo, if the houses of decent people were fireproof, I’d ask that the fire tear through the town. But since the houses of good people are made of the same material as the houses of scoundrels, I hope we’ll be spared, yet this time.
(And Boulder is on pre-evacuation orders, because of yet another fire.)
It is now confirmed that Flying W Ranch has burned to the ground as have several houses in the Mountain Shadows subdivision.
I’m checking more or less continuously for updates on the fire. A grim game of “Where Is Waldo.”