Men and Rain and Fire

Rain, Man.  Man!  The rain!

Rain camera
Rain camera (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

The men and women, fighting fires in Colorado … I’ve never done it before … so I have no idea what it is like to fight the wildfires.  These guys are heroes.  They save homes.  You hear on the news about the Black Forest Fire, claiming over 400 homes … Almost 500 homes.

So, can you imagine how many homes they saved?  A fire that gets a hold of 500 homes is a monstrous, merciless, fire.  Again, just remember that these firefighters saved countless … countless … homes.

Angeles National Forest firefighters make their way into a brush fire spread out over an area of more than 500 acres (2 square km) at Los Padres National Forest in California June 16, 2012... The fire started on Saturday afternoon in the hills of the forest between the cities of Frazier Park and Ojai. No structures have been burned and the fire-fighters have no containment on the blaze at this time. Picture taken June 16. REUTERS/Gene Blevins  (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
(Gene Blevins/Reuters)

At the same time, remember the families … almost 500 families … that have lost their special place that they normally go home to every night .. where they sleep, where they wake up, where they eat, where they do “family stuff” … Yes, please – please – please remember them.

I want to be a realist, and it is difficult for me to mention this, much less think of this: there was a couple, reported by the news, that never got out of their garage.  They thought they had more time.  But they didn’t.  That’s reality; and it is difficult for me to think about.  But it is reality that reminds us of the terror of a forest fire … and it reminds me of how thankful I am of the firefighters … saving lives, saving homes.

This was the first time that I have experienced an evacuation due to fire.  Ours was the Bluebell fire, in Evergreen, that happened before the four fires that followed.  Our home was spared.  We were immeasurably thankful to be able to return to hour home.  Something that I have taken for granted, too many times.  Maybe this reminder would be good for you, as well.

And the rain.  I am thankful for the rain.  Rain that is needed to help the firefighter fight these battles.  These guys … standing in the gap, literally, putting themselves between the fire, and us.

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