Are you ever really ready for a fire when it threatens your home? We live in Cascade, Colorado, a beautiful sleepy town in the mountains at Pikes Peak, just 6 miles west of Colorado Springs. There are dozens of hiking trails and stunning views here, but when you live in the mountains there’s always a threat of fire.
Yesterday we were brought to a rude awakening when a major forest fire broke out just a few miles from our home in Waldo Canyon near Colorado Springs and quickly burned the forest around us. Within a few short hours we were evacuated from our home and are praying for the safety of all of our neighbors and the firefighters and crew working to save our homes and neighborhoods. It was a terrifying sight to see flames coming over the crest of the mountains right behind your home.
You have just a short time to gather together the most important things to you, and hope you got it all. My husband and I quickly grabbed our photo albums, photos from the walls, our fire box with important documents and paperwork, some of our office things, some clothes, and our dog Tizzy; we took some pictures of the rooms in our home to try to document as much as we could, and realized we weren’t as prepared as we could (and should) have been. As I’m sitting at my daughter’s house watching the news I think of other things that I forgot and remind myself that we are safe and those are just things and that we have our lives. If we lose our home and everything in it we will be sad, but we are alive and well and that’s truly the most important thing.
Here is a picture taken from our daughter’s house in Colorado Springs. We are located on the other side of the ridge behind the fire from this view.
Here’s a video that my husband took from our house shortly before we evacuated.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and think about an action plan you can put into place in a matter of minutes if you are ever in danger of having to evacuate at a moment’s notice.