I know I have some Pacific Northwest followers out there, but for those of you who AREN'T from around here, you may not have heard about the crazy wildfire burning it's way across Kittitas County right now.
It's not close to where we live at the moment, but it's close enough that we have a lot of friends and family that live over where the damage is being done.
As of the last news story I saw, it has burned through 28,000 acres. Took down 60 structures. And displaced hundreds of people and pets. It started Monday and has just now become 10% contained.
It's the real deal.
Last night, Chad's cousin called. He just moved into a new house two days ago. Less than 24 hours later, he found himself being evacuated.
Chad's aunt was also evacuated.
They were forced to stand on the side of the freeway watching the flames get closer and closer to their home.
Thankfully there really hasn't been any human deaths (at least not that have been reported as of yet), but so many people are losing everything. A lot of people in the areas that are being affected make their living on farming.
Our close friend Dustin (you've seen him mentioned on here a few times) has a family cabin out by where the wildfire is raging. They went out there this afternoon to see how close things were going. A friend who owns the property next door has been digging a trench to try to slow down the fire. This is a picture that Carol (dustin's mom) posted on facebook this evening.
They are hoping they get the fire contained before their cabin is in real danger, but the fact that they can see the haze from their property is so intense to me.
After she posted this morning, so many people were flooding her with messages, and this is what she had to say
Carol: thanks all. There are so many over there that have everything to loose. We will miss ours for sure but our thoughts are for them. I hope they are all safe.
Anyways, sorry for the somber post, but this is something that has been weighing heavily on my mind the past 24 hours. If you're the praying type, please send some to Kittitas County and the surrounding areas.
They need them.