Wildfires: What you can do to help

July 05, 2018
Photo courtesy of Rev. David Lillie
As wildfires continue to burn throughout our Mountain Sky Conference, please pray for those impacted by these disasters. 

Pastor Janine Rose in La Veta, Colorado, said the town is under pre-evacuation as it braces for the Spring Fire, which has so far burned more than 100,000 acres in the area. This fire is reported to be the third largest in state history. The fire has already affected residents who live outside of town who have been evacuated. She reports that all members of the La Veta United Methodist Church are safe and accounted for. A local clergy group in town is offering emergency assistance and Janine is working with them to provide support. Paradise Acres in La Veta, where the home of newly retired Rev. Mike and Sharon Dent is located, was burned through on July 5. Though many neighbors lost their homes, the Dent home survived, and this fire is reported to be 91% contained as of July 13. 

According to The Durango Herald, the 416 Fire—which has burned over 54,000 acres since mid-June—prompted a 300-home evacuation still in effect. On July 9, the Denver Post reported that firefighters got the upper hand on the 416 and Spring fires over the weekend.

The Rev. David Lillie said the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt and Thomasville, Colorado has forced evacuations, with many on alert. He reports that the church buildings are not threatened and no homes have been lost yet. The Aspen Daily News reports the fire has grown to about 4,900 acres.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that at least 90 homes have been destroyed so far in the Dollar Ridge Fire near Fruitland, Utah.

Track these fires and more via this map.

What can you do to help? The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is ready to assist with recovery efforts, but they need our help. Please click the links below to donate to disaster response funds and learn how to build relief kits. 


If you have a prayer request surrounding the wildfires, please email communications@mtnskyumc.org.