The scenes from Colorado, where a dozen wildfires rage, are distressing to say the least. Countless homes have been destroyed by the blazes, with more expected to be lost. Life, understandably, has come to a standstill in several communities.
Although high schools are out for the summer, the fires are impacting the high school community directly. Lewis-Palmer High School and Cheyenne Mountain High School are being used as evacuation sites for the Waldo Canyon fire that erupted Tuesday outside of Colorado Springs. Fire crews are using Fairview High School to assemble to fight the Flagstaff fire in Boulder.
Also, the Colorado High School Coaches Association's All-State Soccer games
that were scheduled for tonight (June 27) have been postponed because numerous players are from affected areas, particularly Colorado Springs and Boulder. (The games have been rescheduled to July 25).
In announcing the postponement of the games to state media, Nancy Sibley, the head girls soccer coach at Class 4A state champion Air Academy and the president-elect of the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association wrote in an email:
"Due to the current fire conditions, that effect a substantial portion of the All-State players, we are postponing the All-State Soccer Games. The safety and well being of all players is the number one priority."
Sibley said in a follow-up email that she and her family are among the more than 30,000 people who have been evacuated in and around Colorado Springs because of the Waldo Canyon fire and are "refugees" in the Denver area.
Best wishes to all involved, as extreme conditions continue to make combating the fires difficult.