tbonesaredelicious wrote:Positive thoughts? I highly doubt they are there to protect the wilderness.
As a volunteer firefighter, I have been on several wildland fires. True that the media focuses more on structures and lives lost, and we do indeed try to save lives, homes and structures. But I greatly enjoy my time in the outdoors and saving some of my favorite areas around my home (Wetmore, Royal Gorge, Newland Creek) is a huge priority. Hiking in the mountains and trails around my home is a little little different after it's burnt, to say the least.
My thoughts go out to the loved ones of those lost in this tragedy.
With those 19, having to deploy their emergency shelters tells how bad it got in there. Conditions must have been extreme, obviously. My condolences.
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." (Theodore Roosevelt)
"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." (Edward Abbey)