The Waldo Canyon fire is just miles from my home, and has burned over 17000 acres. The Springer fires was also just miles from my home in the other direction, it has burned over 1000 acres. Due to both of these fires I had to leave my home.My 12 month old son began to have breathing treatments due to the Springer Fire and once the Waldo Canyon fire started all you could see in the sky around us was a cloud of smoke.
I had to make a very hard decision. I left my home and my job so that my son and my mom could breathe. We are now sitting at a camp site near Custer, SD. I love camping, but I would love to be at home too. I do not know how long I will have to stay here, but I am hoping no longer than a week or two.
Financially this is the hardest part. I already live from one paycheck to another, and have been trying to get ahead. This is a big setback in every way possible. Because I have not been at my job for a year, I did not qualify for FMLA, so there was a chance of me not having a job to return to. My boss is fighting for me though, and I could not work with a better group of supportive people. They are fighting for my job, watching my house, and taking care of my cats. I love these people so much. If I do lose my job, it is not there fault and I know it.