Current Events – Fire and Flood

“In the last scenes of this earth’s history, … The waters of the deep will overflow their boundaries. Property and life will be destroyed by fire and flood. We should be preparing for the mansions that Christ has gone to prepare for them that love Him. There is a rest from earth’s conflict. … As men depart further and further from God, Satan is permitted to have power over the children of disobedience. He hurls destruction among men. There is calamity by land and sea. Property and life are destroyed by fire and flood.” Maranatha, 174, 176.

For those in the western United States hoping for a respite from the raging wildfires that have plagued several states, the outlook isn’t good: Much of the West is at high risk for continued wildfires due to unusually dry and hot conditions.

Firefighters struggled on Wednesday [June 27, 2012] to beat back a wildfire raging at the edge of Colorado Springs, Colorado, that doubled in size overnight, forced more than 32,000 people from their homes and was nipping at the edges of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Wildfires also were burning in other parts of Colorado and in Utah and Montana.

A wildfire in Montana that has scorched 19,000 acres (7,690 ha) in the eastern part of the state has forced 600 residents to leave their homes. An unknown number of houses were destroyed in Montana.

In Utah, authorities found a body in the ashes of the fast-moving Wood Hollow Fire about 100 miles (160 km) south of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, marking the first fatality in a blaze that has scorched more than 46,190 acres (18,692 ha) of rolling hills covered by parched cheatgrass and sagebrush.

Colorado accounts for several of the 29 large active wildfires being fought across the country. The bulk of them were in seven western states—Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona and California—according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho., June 27, 2012.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Debby moved out into the open Atlantic on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, and rains finally eased over Florida, but the state was struggling to clean up the soggy mess left behind.

The storm deluged parts of central and northern Florida with more than two feet of rain as it hovered in the Gulf of Mexico and cut across the peninsula.

Many in Debby’s path were still recovering from flooding that damaged homes, washed out roads, opened up sinkholes and closed a section of Interstate 10 – the state’s main east-west highway. Water was up to the roofs at some homes in low lying areas of Live Oak, Florida, on Wednesday. Several feet of water remained around businesses in downtown near the courthouse and many roads were impassable.

Wakulla County, Florida, meanwhile, has seen more than 26 inches of rain. Authorities there advised people to stay in their homes due to washed out and flooded roads. Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of northern Florida and southern Georgia as Debby moved eastward. Hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted, many having to leave flooded homes in Florida’s Panhandle.