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June 24, 2012


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Susan J. Tweit

Deb, As I said on FB last night, I am so sorry for your friends. What a tragedy! The High Park Fire, and the other large fires burning in Colorado this summer, seem to me to be an example of the "perfect storm" of fire conditions: extreme drought drying soils, fuels, and atmosphere to tinderbox conditions, too many decades of successful fire prevention allowing natural fuels to build to dangerous levels, pine bark beetle cycles amplified by the above conditions, and too many people living in forests that can no longer be allowed to burn with regular small fires because of all of the development. Oh, and the warming and drying due to global climate change. That we can explain what's happening doesn't make it any less tragic, especially for your friends. May they find the support they need, and thank you for being part of that! (Don't forget to take care of you, too.)

Janice in GA

All my sympathies to your friends who lost their home. :( I've been worrying about y'all out there. Stay safe...


Deb, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of property and I'm keeping my hopes high that the cat is still surviving.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Deborah Robson

Susan, thanks for your succinct explanation of the environmental contexts. I know what they are, of course, but my focus is different and I deeply appreciate yours here!

Janice, thanks for your good thoughts, and Amanda, for your offers and your hopes for the cat, Mocha.

I've sent Kris an e-mail with notes and good wishes, including these. What I think we can offer her most right now is love, and any practical boosts that are of immediate use: places for her 11 llamas to live are the most immediate need! In two groups (males and females separate). Some are at a ranch in Wellington and need to move; others are at The Ranch (official evac site, which needs to be cleared for a scheduled event by 6/30); one is at the CSU vet hospital because of corneal abrasions that may be a result of fire/evacuation events.


My heart aches for your friends and their animals. I know you're aching for them as well. As Susan said above, please remember to take care of yourself too.

Deb Robson

Thanks, Dina. I working on taking care of myself: am about to take a walk and clear my head. Thats possible because Im in Seattle, where the air isnt smoky (helping with Mom).


I'm so sorry. I don't know what to say except that I'm glad no one was injured.


My heart goes out to your friends and all the others who have lost homes and businesses. It must be unbearably crushing. Ha, wish I could take a few of the llamas until the owners get to the point where the animals can come home. Sending the most positive vibes imaginable, filled with support and hugs and courage and endurance and connection.


I am so sorry to hear that your friends lost their home and barn. It's heartbreaking for them and the other 250 families whose homes have been lost in this fire. I'll hold positive thoughts for Mocha - hopefully, you are right that she sheltered in the basement.

Deb Robson

Thanks so much, Caryl. We have a lot of people without homes to go back to, and thousands more who cant go to their homes, even though the structures are still standing--and dont yet know if they will still have those homes by the time the fire abates, likely this fall (although containment should happen within a month, if any luck prevails).

All good thoughts for Mocha are so welcome.


Hi Deb,
Nice to know you are in my neighbourhood;) I was relieved to hear that you were both fine, but sorry to hear about your friends. Hope their cat turns up safe. We have flooding up this way, but my new apartment isn't near any rivers so I am safe and so far the river at Mom and Christy's place isn't being too threatening.

Deb Robson

Oh, Cara! Ive been missing you! And I learned about the Nexus card, which (if I got one) might make it easier to come see you some time when we are back here. Stay dry, please.


Hi, Deb--

Might the good folks at Bijou Basin Ranch (yak fiber & yarn) have enough space (and, I guess, fencing) to help out your friends on at least a short-term basis? URL: http://www.bijoubasinranch.com/BBR_Home.htm

They're in Elbert, CO, probably way east of you, but if they have the pastureland, it might be worth the trouble to get the animals there.

(Of course, I have an easterner's view of western states. Around here, we can be across 3 or 4 states in 3 hours.)


Deb Robson

Ruth, Ill keep asking Bijou Basin about their situation in mind to mention as a backup, if needed. At the moment, places closer are apparently available.

Elbert is about 3 hours from Fort Collins. A number of Kriss llamas are older and/or rescues, with health concerns, so she would like to be closer to them. (Plus its two trailer loads of animals to get them anywhere: probably two days of driving back and forth.) Eileen and Karl at Bijou Basin travel a lot to shows: Im sure they have their own animals covered, but adding 11 might be a bit much!

Great idea, though, in a pinch. And things have been pinching around here! Deb (filing the thought in case of even greater emergency)

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