Many parts of Colorado are currently engulfed in flames. Wildfires sparked by lightning have forced approximately 600 residents of South Fork to evacuate due to the two nearby fires in Rio Grande County.
Further north, near Colorado Springs, firefighters have finally been able to contain the Black Forrest fire, which is the state’s most destructive fire on record.
The Black Forrest fire comes just one year after the destructive Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs.
Denver Broncos guard Ben Garland spoke about the fires in mid-June. His grandparents lost their home last year, and relocated to the Black Forrest neighborhood.
“The house is still intact. The family’s fine and everyone’s safe,” Garland said.
“It’s tough,” Garland said about how his family is handling going through another fire. “It was tough going through it the first time. I know the first time, we didn’t take it as seriously. We just thought it’d pass over and the firefighters would take care of it. The second time, it was really scary and they packed up real quick and got ready to go.”
Garland has some time off now to deal with how the fires are affecting his family and friends. The Air Force graduate still has many close friends in the area as well.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the fires in Colorado and in other parts of the country.