Today is one of those days that puts Coloradans on edge. It will be first of many this year.
It’s not our first Red Flag Warning (high fire danger) day, though I think it’s the second day with humidity <5%. One thing is for sure: the gusts have whipped up tonight. And my lips feel like paper.
While we’re adjusting quickly to the drier weather – following a wet winter, even – this early need to water everything has got us scratching our heads, licking our lips and crossing our fingers.
In fact, this fire just flared up today, one county west of here (in a rural mountain town). Thankfully, evacuations have lifted, though containment data is unknown (containment means the firefighters have been able to hold a line of the fire at least 24 hours).
I find myself praying for the right moisture at the right time and that we (residents and our many visitors) will be wise enough to:
- Completely put out campfires in public parks and forests (if they’re even allowed);
- Properly and responsibly dispose of cigarette butts; and
- Refrain from burning leaves or trash on windy days, etc.
Sounds like common sense, but every year, we are amazed. We can’t be careful enough.
Most lives spared, but not their homes
Thankfully, casualties were minimal in the last two Colorado fires, but nearly 1000 families were displaced for at least a year, if not longer. Some still are figuring out how to rebuild.
And both are part of us now.
The obstacle is the path
I love the Zen proverb quoted by fellow #YourTurnChallenge blogger Patrick Smith, that the obstacle is the path. Challenge, adversity, any kind of obstacle, really – they not only build character in us; they build beauty and identity.
The weather the last few years has been crazy nearly everywhere. I guess it’s our turn to brace ourselves for the season ahead, pray for the best and prepare for the worst – including the resulting beauty.