Saturday, August 29, 2015

NO SATURDAY SERENITY TODAY..... JUST PRAY.... 8-29-2015

I'm not feeling so serene today with all of the wildfires and forest fires that are raging across the Pacific Northwest, most specifically Washington, Oregon and Idaho. These are the largest, most widespread and worst in the history of keeping records of wildfires and forest fires, at least in Washington. 

Photo by Kari Greer - Chelan Complex Fire, Chelan, WA - posted by KGW.com.
I do SO PRAY that the rains will come soon.. and alot of them... to burn out and help drench the fires. Our beautiful and precious forests and grasslands are turning to charred ashes and blackened wood... and I can imagine that thousands of wildlife have been killed. Many homes have been lost, all over both states of Oregon and Washington. 

I'm not following the fires in Idaho, but from the fire maps (see below at end) that I've been looking at, Idaho also has too many to count. Here is their main website for more information on the Idaho fires.

I'm so sad, and I can't be serene or calm when all of this is happening.

I wish it was like this everywhere the fires are... right now, cold, and very very wet.
There is a huge fire up by Asotin, Washington, where friends of mine live. They are on Evacuation 2 status (the town), which means be ready to go at a moment's notice. Their most precious items are packed into their cars and truck. They are ready to go if they have to, with the scary thought that they could lose their home that they've lived in for 25 years. Many of the small towns in that area have already been evacuated and some homes burned.

Another fire is raging north of where my son lives, north of Washougal, Washington. It is far enough away (I pray) that he is not in danger. It is by the swimming hole where he has spent many summers enjoying the forest and river there.

Cougar Creek Complex Fire - north of Glenwood, Washington.
Another of my very best friends is only 6 miles south of another fire that is north of Glenwood, Washington, and it's only about 20% contained, if even that.

Please pray for our beautiful land and that some of it is saved.. and for the people and homes in the fires' paths, and for the brave and unselfish firefighters who are risking their lives to save the land, people and homes.  I know that three firefighters were killed in northeastern Washington and more have been injured.

Photo by Kari Greer, USFS - Chelan and First Creek Fires in Okanogan and Wenatchee, WA
The National Guard have been called in to help in Washington State (and I think Oregon too). They have been training for the last 4 days and will begin helping on Sunday, August 30th.

Here is a quote from KGW News in Portland, OR:

KGW is partnering with the American Red Cross to help people affected by  the wildfires in Oregon and across the Northwest. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.
You can donate here at the Red Cross and KGW website set up for this purpose.

Montana and Wyoming are being burned too, beyond the scope of "normal".
Some of these wildfires and forest fires in Oregon and Washington are the worst in history and the biggest.

Please pray, will you?

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12 comments:

  1. Yes, I will pray! And I've been praying. How long can this go on? It's just awful.

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    1. I know... and you guys up there are right in the midst of it..... I'm sorry you had to have this greet you when you just moved to that beautiful area.

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  2. It is all so sad and all we can do is pray for the brave firefighters who are protecting us and our beautiful land.

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    1. I know.. lots of praying and lots of thankfulness that there are SO MANY willing to do the job of protecting us and the land. praying for a whole lot more rain too.

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  3. It is all so sad and all we can do is pray for the brave firefighters who are protecting us and our beautiful land.

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  4. Oh Marilyn, Your post was written so lovely for such a horrendous subject and situation. Yes, prayer seems to always help. Oh how we need rain. California has more fires this year also. I am in the foothills of Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have not had any smoke close to me this year. In 1992, the year before I bought my little house there was a huge fire in this area and my little town was evacuated but protected. This many years later and I can still see some areas that are from that fire. Please, everyone stay safe and if you have to leave please do it even though it is hard to do. Pray for one another especially the fire personnel that are putting their lives on the line many times. Blessings to ALL.

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  5. This breaks my heart, not only for the families losing their homes and the devastation, but the poor, innocent wildlife that have perished. It's so very, very sad and tragic. :(

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    1. I agree. I can't even begin to think about the wildlife and the devastation to them. :-( :-(

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  6. How scary to think about taking all of your precious possessions that you could pack in your car. Such a tragic time. Praying for everyone's safety and especially all of those brave firefighters fighting the fires.

    Stay safe.

    Judy

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    1. Yes... very scary. Thank you for the prayers... they need them. Many fires in Washington are still only 10% contained. Marilyn

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  7. A great post, Marilyn! Thank you for personalizing this news, for making it very real to those of us who live far away. Yes, I will pray . . . for the firefighters, for those who've experienced great loss and for an end to this devastation. This was a very compassionate way to use pinkpapercottage.blogspot.com!

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    1. Thank you Jean. I feel the "need" sometimes to share what's going on in my area of the U.S. Some good.. some bad. This was and still is... a great concern and worry to me. It's sure more real when your friends and family are being threatened and affected. Every bit of prayer helps. Marilyn

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