Here in New Zealand, the television news is about local events, happenings, crimes, disasters, and weather, and naturally sport has to be on the list. World events are included, but lately I have only read of them on Facebook ( and then went to Google to find more) or on a friend’s blog.
The evacuation of 2 people from the South Pole, one scanty mention here, but this was worthy of so much more, this is the third time only that it had been successfully undertaken in mid-winter at the Pole.
Then a few days ago, KB of Romping and Rolling in the Rockies wrote of the fire so close to their home. Updates on Facebook were so welcome, and to know they had evacuated safely was good news.
Thanks, KB, for the news of your bag and doggy medicines that went to safety too. This gave me tears.
Cold Springs Fire, on the net gives so much information.
2000 people have been evacuated, hundreds of fire fighters, many fixed wing aircraft and choppers in the air with fire retardant and water buckets, and so many roads closed. Three people were camping on private property, and said “ they had nowhere else to go” when arrested, after tips from the public.The two men ,from another state, are facing arson charges, and bonds were set at $200,000 , and $ 150,000. One young lady with them did not face charges. Boulder Country prosecutors had asked for $750,000 as they were considered a flight risk. They have admitted to not making sure their camp fire was adequately put out before they left their camp site. The cost so far has been tallied at $ 1.7 million dollars.
The Colorado National Guard is flying Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters out of the Boulder airport to collect water out of Barker Reservoir to drop onto hot spots and around the edges of fire lines.
When one of your friends tells of their news, sadness, happiness, or events like this, it brings us all closer together.I think of those 5 families who have lost their homes, including a firefighter and his wife, one of their dogs still missing, the wild life , trees, and more all gone because of one moment of utter carelessness.Sadness is in so many places in our world.
Hugh and I have camped many times at Piropiro Flats. There are large areas of dry grass, bush surrounds the camp sites, and it is isolated. One year, a young couple from Europe were camping there, and a TOTAL fire ban was in place. Notices on all shelters and the large notice board. They had lit a fire on the ground, to cook their meal. I went over and explained about the ban, and that they should put their fire out, with lots of water… This would mean a walk down 15 steep steps to the stream… They said “ What will we cook our food on?” “ We only have this tiny gas stove with canisters and they are so expensive and don’t last long”
My reply, “ If your fire gets out of control, and sparks go into the bush, and starts a bush fire that spreads, you will be liable for hundreds of thousand of dollars in fines, and even if you have returned home, you will be found and be liable”. They listened, were not happy at all, but did get water, and thoroughly wet the embers. Hugh kept well away, maybe he thought one member of our family in the self-appointed “ Fire Prevention Police Authority”!!! was enough .
This is the Piropiro area, taken on one of our camping trips there.
Early morning sun at Piropiro
Swing bridge near a place called “ Angel’s Rest at Piropiro Flats
Quotation of the day from Zoe Zantamata
“ Being there for a friend is one of
the greatest gifts you can give.
Another one is allowing them to
be there for you too”
Greetings from Jean