We thought when we decided to spend a month in Colorado Springs, the temperatures would be in the 80's while we were here. Who knew this would be one of the hottest summers on record. The past few days have been the hottest days in Colorado Springs' history.
Saturday, we went into town to get groceries. Jim pointed out a plume of white smoke in the distance behind the mountains. When we came back out of the store, it had gotten even bigger. We could see it was very close to Pike's Peak.
We got home to turn on the news to see where exactly the fire was. We found out then it was right in the vicinity of our drive yesterday.
Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, and Pike's Peak were all closed. It was nonstop news broadcasting the rest of the day about the worst fire in Colorado Springs' history.
This morning, Manitou Springs was evacuated and the fire was burning over 2500 acres and was 0% contained. We are fortunate that we are on the other side of Colorado Springs from where the fire is. However, everything is so hot and dry, you know there is an extreme danger of fire. Luckily, we can hook our house up and leave if we need to.
Tomorrow, there is supposed to be military planes to help dump water and retardants. Hopefully, the fire can be stopped before it destroys houses and businesses towards town.