Howdy all, Been having a seriously busy June and not online much and now, I can't stay off the computer following news of the fire at Waldo Canyon and checking the city sites for evacuation updates. It's getting close to 20,000 acres now. 32,000 people have been evacuated from Colorado Springs outlying neighborhoods. Still no official word on homes lost, I've heard everything from 100 to over 300. There are now over 1,000 firefighters from around the country fighting this fire to keep it from moving further into the city, to protect the Air Force Academy and the homes it is near, and Rampart Resevoir, which supplies most of CoSprings' water. The border for the latest pre-evacuation notices (where they tell you to pack your stuff, but don't leave yet) cuts off 1 street over from my house right now. I live in Old Colorado City, about 3 miles south and a bit east of the communities where the fire entered city limits. My husband's boss and family friend just bought a new house a few months ago, and he's been evacuated, but the damage was still about a mile from his home. (His old home was not sold, it actually still has some furniture stored there, so his family is safe and much more sound than many others right now.) The fire more than doubled in size in a 24 hour period, and headed into the city last night, and it was terrifying. It seems the wind shifted back headed west and north, so the clouds of smoke have cleared. For three days everything has smelled of smoke and there's been ash falling. I was able to see the mountains from my house again this evening, first time in two days. My husband and I went out for a birthday dinner for him (not the best 40th birthday ever) and we could still see spots of fire, but things seemed to have moved down into the ridges west for tonight. Last night you could see the entire area lit up, just glowing red in all that smoke, and lighting up the whole sky. You could see giant flare ups as houses went up in flames. Weather is calling for rain on Friday but it might cause more damage and force my area to be evacuated; because of the burnout area being upslope there's severe danger of flash flooding which could also contain smoldering debris. ... Because we totally need more than one natural disaster at a time to deal with. My husband and I have things packed and all the pet carriers lined up in the hall and have a list of places to look for affordable space, should we get an evac notice. No chance of moving the ladies. It's a scary time here in the Springs. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and especially send out some prayers for all the firefighters. It is unbelievable what they are doing out here, and they're doing it all while living in tent cities and parking lots on cots. Absolutely amazing dedication to what they do.