This year has been particularly rough for those living on the west coast of the U.S. The California wildfires have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres and forced thousands to evacuate from their homes. Some have lost everything in the lethal, intense blazes.
On August 6, the Mendocino Complex fire was deemed the largest wildfire in California’s history. This fire began as two fires. The ranch and River fire merged into one and firefighters treated these fires as one. It is 68% contained. Its cause is still unknown.
The dangers posed by wildfires are indeed real. According to the U.S. forest service, over 3,000 wildland firefighters from all over the world have arrived to lend a hand. from New Zealand and Australia and places in between, men and women have joined forces with their fellow firefighters. Risking their lives for up to three weeks; sleeping in less than ideal conditions thousands of miles from their own homes and families.
Photos of the devastated ravaged land might at first appear to be from a nightmare. In the midst of the fear and worry over these fires, we must not forget the sacrifices these men and women on the front lines make to contain the blazes. These brave folks need our prayers and good wishes for their safety and continued strength.
There is one photo that brings home how much these folks need our support. It shows 18 firefighters from 6 departments throughout New Mexico. The men from the Albuquerque Fire Rescue, Corrales Fire Department, Angel Fire Fire Dept, Los Alamos County Fire Department and McKinley County are sleeping on the ground in between shifts. They’re time-fighting the inferno will last three weeks. They’ll get little sleep and less comfort. But they’re not there for a vacation.
“We ask everybody back at home to keep these guys in your thoughts and prayers. They are doing a good thing for the state of New Mexico and the state of California.”
Brian Fox, from the Albuquerque Fire Rescue, hopes the pictures will remind people to keep praying.
He said. “We ask everybody back at home to keep these guys in your thoughts and prayers. They are doing a good thing for the state of New Mexico and the state of California.”