The Waldo Canyon Fire

The Cascade Volunteer Fire Department

To experience Meryl Runion Rose’s Cascadian pictorial chronicle of the Waldo Canyon Wildfire from the beginning, click here

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They didn’t do it alone. Still, I honesty believe that without the skill, courage and hard work of these eight men and the seven other fire-fighters who didn’t make this picture, I would not be sitting in my home today.  

Donations to the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department are graciously accepted and can be made directly to CVFD, PO BOX 366, CASCADE, CO 80809. I asked how donations would be allocated. They told me, 

“All donations to the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department will be used to replenish supplies/equipment and add new capability. We desperately need a new type 6 pumper to replace our obsolete 1810 engine. All CVFD firefighters share this common goal. Contributions will help us achieve this goal sooner. As far as personal hardship; the honor of serving in this capacity exceeds any personal hardship.”

I remain in awe. 

A Cascadian View of the Pyramid Mountain, Waldo Canyon Fire

This has been updated in a slideshare format. You can review that here: or click next below to continue in this format.

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The Pyramid Mountain and Waldo Canyon Wildfire touched the entire Colorado Springs community and beyond. Some lost everything. Others lost nothing, yet find themselves transformed. My husband and I ae n the second group. 

We all have stories. This section of my SpeakStrong Website is Bob and my story. It’s one of 1,153 Cascadian journies through the experience of the fire. It’s one of the hundreds of thousands of views across the county, state, country and beyond. May our journey deepen yours. 

Click on through. Post comments about your own experience of the Waldo Canyon Fire journey. I will be revising and updating this tale, but I post it now because there is too much to say. When words fail us, the pictures fill the gaps. 

New Growth and new heroes

To experience Meryl Runion Rose’s Cascadian pictorial chronicle of the Waldo Canyon Wildfire from the beginning, click here. To continue, click next below. 

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But just a few days after the fire, this sticky geranium grew in a totally burned out area. I plan to visit it tonight to see how it’s doing. 

I was afraid I’d be repelled by my beloved lands in their wounded state. I was so happy to discover my heart still rests here.

We were ready to lose everything and personally we lost two avocados. Our personal joy coexists with our sorrow for the lands and for our friends and the families that lost so much. And now, there’s still more work to do. Like this geranium, we’re not done yet. 

We have new growth – and new heroes. The Cascade Volunteer Fire Department  – and many more.