Colo. households among thousands fleeing wildfireBy Sheldon C. Good Mennonite World Review
While anxious, they are thankful their families are safe, he said.
People “seem to have a sense of acceptance and peace and acknowledgement that there are things more important in life than possessions,” he said.
Richard Brown, the Colorado Springs fire chief, called the Waldo Canyon fire a “firestorm of epic proportions.”
Birky recalled the day the wildfire reached new heights, June 26.
The fire jumped a ridge near the city and traveled down the mountainside, moving almost a mile in 30 minutes and consuming homes, he said.
“It looked like a volcano had erupted,” he said. The mountain appeared to be “spewing fire.”
Smoke was visible from near the meetinghouse, and at night flames could be seen from atop a nearby cliff, he said.
Birky invited prayers for people making decisions and for those on the front lines, and “that there continue to be a spirit of mutual aid and care for everyone affected.”
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