Storm King Mountain’s legacy and lesson
I am sending this e-mail to you in concern of the fire and the tragedies in Colorado.
We were deeply saddened and our thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Glenwood Springs and to those who have had similar losses due to the fires throughout Colorado.
We have lost our second home, you see, a home we have grown to love. We were at Ami’s Acres Campgrounds on the afternoon of July 2, 1994. We captured the storm and lightning strike which ignited Storm King Mountain and the rain that followed on VHS Tape. The rain saved the campgrounds from the fire in 1994, but there was no reprieve this time. The story and the experience has strangely come full circle now. We personally witnessed what nature is capable of and we can assure you that it is not a force to be trifled with. The imbalance and discord between us is still there.
Little has changed since the summer of 1994. The drought still persists and our wildlands are still being mismanaged. (Too many years of 100 percent fire suppression and the ever encroaching urban interface into our forest ecosystems.)
We in Arizona are well aware of this drought. The short-term ramifications are obvious. (Wildfires and water shortages, lakes, streams and watersheds) The long term ramifications are even more serve and are and more ominous. We could just run out of water. People can’t even fathom the ecological and human disaster that would ensue if it stopped snowing in the Rockies for a couple of years. The Colorado River is our life blood and the life blood of millions of others downstream.
Lets pray this never happens, let’s pray for those who had losses and let’s pray for rain!
Editor’s note: Ami’s Acres was spared by the Coal Seam Fire as well.
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