Colorado Inferno

Please pray for rain and cooler temps!!!

Fanned by 100+ temps and gusting winds, the Colorado wildfires are raging out of control for a 5th day, having already consumed hundreds of homes. As of today, Thursday, June 28, six huge wildfires engulf the state. The Waldo Canyon fire is now at the edge of Colorado Springs, the state’s 2nd most populous city, forcing at least 35,000 people from their homes and nipping at the edges of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Here’s the evacuation zone for Waldo Canyon (to enlarge, click pics):

Most of these pics were taken by readers of Buzzfeed.

H/t our beloved GrouchyFogie for the next 2 pics.
The first pic below was taken by Patrick Sandusky, the chief communications and public affairs officer at the U.S. Olympic Committee. That’s Falcon Stadium in the foreground. You can see how the fire on the mountains behind absolutely dwarfs the stadium, which seats just under 47,000.

Just remember that the Air Force’s  C-130s are used to fight the terrible inferno, but Obama’s defense budget cuts 65 C-130s from the fleet over the next four years — at the same time as he gives millions of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to “green” failures like Solyndra.
Update: While the Red Cross was the first on the scene with relief efforts, Catholic charities all across Colorado are mobilizing against the terrible fires, called by some to be “apocalyptic.”
~Eowyn

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hrmfc
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hrmfc

Nothing I could imagine would be more horrifying than these photos. God help them.

thelittlebrother
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FAST & PRAY.
George Washington called this newly freed Nation
to national Prayer in reparation & atonement
for the crimes of the war.
Who will sound this clarion call now?
we are not that Nation anymore.
we have abandoned the Almighty @ a Time when
only God saves us now.
Only a Nation on its knees will call the Almighty back.
attention prayer warriors
brother to sister, mother to child…. spread the word.
FAST & PRAY.
MERCY JESUS!
https://40daysofprayerandfasting.org/

dan
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dan

Good coverage by the Daily Mirror…firefighters must often fight
bureaucracy as much as the elements and it’s ALL expensive.
Just a little inside aviation chatter from Texas about what happens
when it’s the citizens versus the technocrats : https://www.airtanker.org/forums/archive/index.php/t-30.html?s=84b5cf1408b93290301d3840c852261d

sparrow59
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sparrow59

My nephew left for the Air Force Academy yesterday. They are to be processed at a different location as I understand it. What a way to start his new life that he has looked forward to for so long. Praying for all others as well.

sparrow59
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sparrow59

I believe this country is under major judgement by God now.

lindarm
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lindarm

sparrow, I am heart sickened for everyone in the fire’s way, and even morre sickened that the Air Force Academy is at risk. Yesterday a colleague of my husband’s sent some photos she took in front of the Commissary at the Spring on the Academy. It looked awful. Sorry about this awful rough start to your nephew’s freshman year at the Academy.

PatriotUSA
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As a long time wild land firefighter and logger it grieves me to no end to not be able to fight fires anymore.. Praying is ongoing and almost non-stop for those on the lines, in the air and supporting those who are trying to stem the tide of flames sweeping through the west.
I will die with smoke and cinders in my mind and heart!

igor
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igor

rain rain what is that word we haven’t had a drop in quite a while anyway great photos i really like the top photo with the blue sky then the big gray cloud as someone is driving on the road toward the inferno . and boy what a great job the obama administration is doing handling this disaster.. (sarcasm to the nth degree) remember how the media jumped all over bush about katrina ( the hurricane) and now they sleep while colorado burns

DCG
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How devastating…prayers!

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie
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Here’s a 6/25/2012 press release from the federal government: Waldo Fire News Release Release Date: Jun 25, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Barb Timock, Public Affairs Officer 719-553-1415 U.S. FOREST SERVICE FOCUS OF WALDO CANYON FIRE IS ON PROTECTION OF LIFE AND RESOURCES COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. June 24, 2012…The Waldo Canyon Fire on the Pike National Forest is a complex incident, and fire managers are working diligently to actively contain and suppress this fire with top consideration to protection of life, property, and natural resources. The overarching objective is to maintain the safety of the public and the firefighters who… Read more »