Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fire In The Mountains

If you follow me over on Facebook, you've seen some of the pictures and news reports that I've shared about the wildfires in the mountains. At least 18 wildfires have doubled in acreage since the weekend. More than 10,000 acres continue to burn across western North Carolina and many more throughout Appalachia.
 **Update: As of this morning (11/10/16), the fire has spread to more than 14,000 acres in western NC.**

The sun trying to shine through the smoke in Nantahala 
yesterday (11/9/16) at noon. Photo Credit: Scott Postell

There are hundreds of firefighters, from NC and all over the US, putting their lives on the line to fight these fires.These people are running on a little sleep and a lot of adrenaline. One of them is my brother-in-law, Lonnie. I would like all of these men and women to know that I appreciate everything you're doing and I'm praying for you daily. They need our prayers! 

Firefighters work to put in dozer lines to assist in containment of the Boteler Fire.
 My brother-in-law is in one or both of these pics. (11-3-16)

People in surrounding towns are now being evacuated from their homes and many more are being told to be ready to leave at a moments notice. These people are walking away from a home that may not be there when they come back. They need our prayers! 

"Fire on the Mountain(s)" - Downtown Franklin, NC blanketed 
in smoke and forest fire in the mountains. (11-4-16)

Smoke and raging flames after midnight in mountain forest fire. 
Franklin, NC (11-5-16) 
Photo Credit: John MacLean Photography

Please pray that God would protect these people and the homes that are in the path of the fires and that God would send the rain that we so desperately need. 

You can find more of John MacLean's pictures at the links posted under his pictures or at his Facebook Page. Thanks again for allowing me to use them, John. 

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