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Posted by Cinda On June - 12 - 2013

Black Forest Fire 2013 JuneIt’s that time of year when we see outbreaks of fires around the country due to drought conditions and for other reasons. We have three major fires in Colorado right now, the largest is the Black Forest Fire north of Colorado Springs. As I write this, the winds are blowing strong (and change direction at whim) and the fires are moving quickly. So far, there have been 80 to 100 (and maybe more) homes that have been destroyed and is possibly moving toward more populated areas. And, worse, there is zero containment after two days. The news said the conditions will be even worse tomorrow.

Personally, we have family in line of the approaching fire that may have to evacuate soon, plus Janet (CCF) and a friend close to CCF (whom we heard just evacuated) live just south of the fire zones. This is a very fragile situation as we see one after another homes go up in flames on the news. The skies are becoming more and more dim and the smoke has drifted all the way up here to Denver, making breathing difficult for many.

We know God is in control and many of those evacuated acknowledge this, putting their trust in Him.  Romans 8:28 Thanks for your prayers!

Update 6/14/13: It appears that 400 homes, to date, were completely destroyed and 12 partially. Two people perished trying to load their car but couldn’t escape the flames, and the loss in acreage is high. However, many who lost everything recognize the value of human life and say they can rebuild. And, many of the animals that they thought were lost or perished in the fire, have been found, which brings much joy and comfort to their owners. They are a community that is trusting in God’s sovereignty.

NOTE: Very soon, we will bring back our articles on preparing for any disaster (on our original CCF webpage) plus updated information. We need to be ready for the days to come! Trust the Word of God — THEY ARE COMING! And, no one is exempt.

Picture: Black Forest Fire, June 2013

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