Just days into the Crystal fire and we are reminded of how quickly fire can tear through fields, homes and communities. In a time when there has been so much lost, we are grateful to report that our neighbors have survived with their lives. The fierce fire has claimed over four thousand acres and has taken 15 homes along with numerous outbuildings, RV’s and boats.

According to the Coloradoan eyewitnesses said the fire burned hot enough to melt metal. Reporters were allowed limited access to the affected area earlier this week, learn more about their site tour at www.coloradoan.com.

In another report by the Coloradoan they quote U.S Forest Service Regional Forester, Rick Cables as saying the 2011 wildfire season could be historic. Cables blame our dry winter and warm spring. Read this article at www.coloradoan.com.

As we approach warmer and drier weather the threat of fire increases. Extreme precautions are advised. The American Red Cross has come out with some preparedness guidelines to help us protect our homes. They also offer great advice should we find ourselves in a fire. Even if we are ‘city-dwellers’, we create our own potential dangers when we camp and fish and even hike. Learn how to safeguard yourself at www.redcross.org.

The amounts of acres consumed by wildfires in the United States are constantly increasing. According to www.SmokeyBear.com Monday night 629482.80 acres have already burned in the U.S. so far this year. This site offers many great tips and guidelines to help prevent wildfires. SmokeyBear.com is a great source of information with campfire safety, equipment maintenance, examples of how quickly debris burns and more.

Our communities have been known to stand tall together in the face of adversity. Today we open our hearts and pray that the recovery from the Crystal fire is as speedy as its devastation.