Okay, this is really starting to suck.
The fire took a turn for the worst yesterday afternoon and headed for the city. The whole northwest section of Colorado Springs was evacuated and much has already burned or is in the line of fire.
It got pretty freaky in the afternoon when the smoke moved in like a thick orange fog. Then all of the evacuation alerts started springing up. We live in the north east quadrant, east and west being separated by the interstate.
It's hard, this feeling of helplessness. All we can do is watch and wait, stay out of the way and hope for the best. Large lumbering C-130's pass overhead, but they look like houseflies next to the fire. There's the constant smell of smoke and pieces of falling ash in the air.
It really is surreal. We walked to "my" crosswalk last night and could see various fires "right there", stretching for miles. Favorite hiking spots, landmarks, homes, and businesses are gone this morning.
We've packed duffle bags for everyone along with other provisions and have it all sitting by the door should things get even worse. I'm just really thankful for the police and the firefighters. Without them, the devastation would be so much worse.
Chaco did a time lapse of Sad Tuesday from the backyard looking west:
Sorry to be such a downer this morning. My heart hurts for Colorado.