Monday, July 9, 2007

Latest from Fr. Chip on the Wildfires

"The Monday 1900 briefing advised us that the fire was not near containment, it had 'blown out' to the west and northwest, into rough canyon country and had grown to over 10000 acres. It is now visible on top of a ridge ajoining Highway 18, 5 miles west of Hot Springs proper and staging is in place to suppress it at the highway. If it jumps 18, it has a clear shot all the way to Custer County 6 miles to the north, which includes the land we have purchased for a home, boarding kennel, sustainability taining center and Franciscan retreat center."

A good friend named Ross Tucker is praying for us in Arizona. He writes:
We have 10 fires burning in AZ right now. We could use some prayers as well.

Heavenly Father, we ask for favorable weather and that you give success to those fighting the fires. We ask protection for life and property in all the affected places, in Jesus Name. Amen.

1 comment:

Chip Johnson+, cj said...

Latest Alabaugh updat, released at 10 mountain time, http://www.inciweb.org/incident/news/article/785/3923/
The map is a bit hard to make out, but I drove down SR 71 this morning, the roadblocks are gone, people are beginning the daunting task of cleanup and recovery, and I was surprised at the 'hit and miss' spottiness of the fire coverage and intensity.
I have participated in some major wild fire and structure fires in the past, as a firefighter and police officer; but I have never seen fire behavior like this one exhibited.
Thanks God, it is almost contained, the weather is cooler...but windy...today, and there is a good feeling among the victims...a feeling of community and cooperation that has not been shown before, either here locally, or in other disaster settings, according to the fire and Red Cross personnel on scene.