More than 90 homes have burned so far in the Black Forest fire -- a subdivision between here (Castle Rock) and Colorado Springs. It's north and east of the Waldo Canyon fire that singed the Springs last year, in an area full of large mansions on acreage.
That's kept the numbers lower. But if this hot, dry wind doesn't die down, it will just keep going. Thousands of people have been evacuated, just in case, including the inmates of a prison.
The air is full of acrid smoke, and hot anyways, making it difficult to breathe. It's not just us, either -- I can see Charley and Abby struggling with it, and the hens are laying fewer eggs.
We're praying for rain. Or just praying -- period.