June 29, 2012 UPDATE
This is an update on how the Waldo Canyon Fire has affected Andrew Wommack Ministries as of 9 a.m. MST, June 29, 2012.
Yesterday was a mix of good and bad news. We learned last night that one body was found in a burned out home and two people are missing. They don’t know if these people are just missing or lost to the fire. We also learned there were 346 homes destroyed. This isn’t the largest fire in Colorado as measured in acres burned, but it is the worst fire in terms of lost homes. Couple this with the High Park fire near Ft. Collins and this has been the worst fire season in Colorado history. Ten wildfires are still burning in our state.
The good news is that the Waldo Canyon fire didn’t grow last night but containment increased from 5% to 15%. In the last two days, the spread of the fire towards the Sanctuary, our property in Woodland Park, has not increased. The authorities say they feel very good about containing the movement of the fire towards Woodland Park.
Some of the evacuations have been lifted including the evacuation of our ministry offices. We do have people at work but it’s a skeleton crew. Many are just getting back in their homes and some didn’t get the notification in time. We are allowing all the staff who were evacuated to use today to get settled back into their homes.
Much of this improvement has been due to the two best days of weather since the beginning of the fire. I attribute this to the prayers of people all over the world. We have had three straight days of very good rain at our house. It’s been a soaking rain that has actually washed my driveway. It hasn’t fallen directly on the fire but the temperatures are about ten degrees cooler than the record highs and record low humidity that characterized the first few days of the fire.
The Waldo Canyon fire is still burning and very dangerous. The High Park fire in northern Colorado is a good example. It was 65% contained when the winds came up last Saturday and it jumped the containment lines destroying another 50+ homes. The same thing could still happen here.
So, we appreciate your continued prayers for rain and cooler temperatures. This will be my last daily update if things continue to improve.
I looked at some of the national coverage yesterday and it was appalling how misinformed they were. Their information was a couple of days old and they were mixing reports from other fires with this fire and it was totally misleading. This re-enforced my conviction that if you are depending on the national news to be informed, you are really misinformed. So, if something drastic happens, I will keep you posted.
Thanks for your prayers and support and understanding. We will get back to full service as soon as possible and will keep you posted on the rescheduling of our ground breaking.
Andrew and Jamie