I live in Monument, Colorado, five miles north of Colorado Springs and 10 miles northwest of Black Forest. I took this photo of the growing Black Forest fire a couple days ago on my way home from work:


Over 30,000 people have evacuated the 55-square-mile affected area around the fire. Our house is not in the mandatory evacuation zone, but it may be soon. Don’t worry about us. We have the important things packed and ready to go, including Newman and his dog bowl. In a wonderfully sweet gesture, Lori packed my collection of 500+ casino chips!

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