The drought conditions that we have been experiencing in Colorado have resulted in a number of wildfires across the state again this summer. For the second time in recent memory, the forests surrounding the town of my Alma mater are on fire, and, this time, the Forest Service has closed down the entire area as a precaution against additional fires as well as to protect stupid people from the fire already burning.
This is a pretty dramatic response to the situation, but, sadly, a necessary one; people really are pretty stupid when it comes to stuff like this.
The impact of the fire is going to be felt for quite a while, in both the state and local economies, as well as on the forest ecosystem, itself. And, while there are going to be hundreds of disappointed campers out there, they need to remember that other people are suffering from more than just a postponed vacation; one of my friends from college may soon have to evacuate her home. That's a lot more worrisome than a missed opportunity to make s'mores around a campfire.
If you are the praying type, please send some up for the amazing firefighters battling the flames in Colorado and every other state in the country facing wildfire season; it's going to be a bad one and we could use some divine intervention.