Victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire gathered at the Faces of the Fire Exhibit Friday to share their message of healing with Black Forest Fire Victims. They were joined by El Paso Sheriff Terry Maketa at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center.
"The hardest part for me has been the memories that I felt like I'd lost," said high school senior Amanda Nickless. For her, part of the healing process has been rewriting the memories from all the diaries she lost in the Waldo Fire.
Another Waldo Fire victim, Karla Heard-Price, also had some advice for Black Forest Fire victims that might feel overwhelmed. "I almost put too much pressure on myself," she said. "I think if you can have a list of two or three things to do every day you not only have a sense of accomplishment, but you're beginning to break down a very enormous task into things that are more manageable.
One of Sheriff Maketa's key messages to the audience was to remain vigilant. "We see rain every day and we think oh its been raining every day, the threat isn't there," Maketa said. "But the point I was trying to make to the audience tonight is that you lose moisture content in trees very slowly." And he says those trees will take a lot of time to regain that moisture so we should be aware that our area is still very much at risk for wildfires.
The Faces of the Fire exhibit runs through August 31st at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center.