Waldo Canyon Fire – Mountain Shadows Colorado Springs

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Selley Group Real Estate, LLC

Waldo Canyon Fire

The fiery event that unfolded before our very own eyes yesterday was nothing short of biblical proportions.  As we were literally escaping the searing flames and rumbling billows of black smoke and flying ashes, it felt very surreal for Cherise and me.  Yes, that’s right, surreal, meaning to have an intense reality of a dream or something of the sort.

The eyes of my heart kept reflecting to the poignant words written in the book of Habakkuk, “…Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days – you would not believe if you were told” (Habakkuk 1:5, NASB).

I don’t think I would have ever believed that parts of our very beautiful town would be engulfed within the powerful flames of a fire.  Sure, fires have been around most of us during various spans of our lives.  But very few of us have actually experienced the burning touch of its devastating flame to the inward and intimate parts of our lives.  And when I refer to flame, I am not speaking of a boy or girlfriend who we’ve had passion for, but I am referring to a flickering enemy – one that intends to cruelly destroy and mutilate every part of who we are.

As for Cherise and me, we are receiving many conflicting reports about our lives.  The odds are not in our favor.  In all likelihood, our home, business and condo might have burned to the ground, greater than 50% in our estimation due to empirical knowledge (actually being there and inhaling the toxic smoke around us), news reports, videos, etc.  However, other recent  reports today show that one or even all three structures might still stand among the burnt ashes of other homes and commercial property surrounding them.

Frankly, we do not know for sure what material evidence exists in our lives.  And right now, we do not want to speculate.  Regardless, we have the value of our faith, family and friends, including Bill and Shellie Speer who have taken us into their home since we’ve been under mandatory evacuation.

In the Bible, fire oftentimes symbolizes judgment and/or purification.  Perhaps this symbol of purification applies to various aspects of spiritual renewal and rebuilding our lives or learning how to grow more dependently upon God.  I gladly embrace these perspectives.

Yet, in this case, there is much speculation that this fire has been started by an arsonist or possibly a strategic ban of arsonists.  Why not?  Over 20 fires have emerged in the state of Colorado over the past month or so.

But that’s not the point of this blog.  I am not trying to make philosophical sense out of tragedy nor am I trying to guess the ways of God right now, nor am I trying to dig up the underlying cause to the horrific circumstances that have, frankly, plagued Colorado Springs.

I want to speak of the pragmatic aspects, as to how the community of Colorado Springs is responding against this seemingly post- apocalyptic event, the kind that does not discriminate between person, building, business and/or landscape.  The people of the community are truly rallying with love, compassion and service.  Many are going far beyond the usual for those who are experiencing pain and have experienced a life-crisis of loss, such as this.

Cherise and I feel the outpouring of love.  And we plan to reciprocate our leadership and love, but first, after we find out what the extent of damage has come to our lives.  Before we can help others who are broken or who are pin-point focused about change, we need to know more concrete things about our own lives.  The good news is that it will not take us long to figure out our circumstances (1-2 days), and we are going to be open to serving others as well, as I reference real estate as part of this current need.

The supply chain in housing has just diminished.  This means the demands for housing have just increased.  Colorado Springs will rebuild, the economy will actually flourish under this construct, and most importantly, I sense our community will grow closer because of this tragedy.

Practically, our business is still operating, because of our group of Colorado Springs Realtors and staff, and because of our culture, which is technologically inclined to paperless operations and progressive strategies about real estate and people, in general.

Right now, Cherise feels like she is still under anesthesia after surgery since the Waldo Fire events rushed through Mountain Shadows late yesterday afternoon.  As for me, I also realize the trauma that has intruded into our lives, yet Cherise and me, are steadfast in faith, and hopeful about brighter and less smoke-filled tomorrows.

We pray the events that we would not believe if we were told will lead all of Colorado Springs and other observers throughout the world to brighter places of illuminating hope and grace.

I have so much to say, but realize I have worn out the keyboard on this blog.  Cherise and I and the agents and staff of Selley Group Real Estate, LLC love all of you and appreciate your acts of kindness, patience and love towards us.  We are looking forward to helping you during this season of change!

To purchase Colorado Spring Real Estate, feel free to contact our Colorado Springs Realtors at Selley Group Real Estate, LLC:  2139 Chuckwagon Rd, Ste 210 - Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919 - 719. 598. 5101

All agents affiliated with Selley Group Real Estate, LLC are actively licensed in accordance to the laws of Colorado.

Portions of this article are written by Gordon, as framed by the expressed opinions of Cherise, but not proofread.



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David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

My prayers are with you and everyone experiencing the devastation in Colorado from the fire. Thank you for sharing this painful event.

Jun 27, 2012 05:36 AM #1
Troy Seelhammer
Meier Realty - The Smart Choice! - Rochester, MN

Your attitude in the face of destruction is admirable. My families prayers go out to you and yours.

Jun 27, 2012 05:40 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Gordon and Cherise.

Ron and I are sending prayers your way.  I am inspired by your attitude and hope that all the fires run out of fuel immediately.  On our way back from DC, I heard one of the passenger mention that he was going to Colorado to fight a fire, and I am sure all the Western States have sent their help to Colorado. Sending all good wishes your way, it is good to be paperless, less fuel for the flames. A


Jun 27, 2012 06:09 AM #3
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Sending prayers and good wishes to you and all of your friends and neighbors in Colorado.  My family lives closer to Denver-- and we are all watching and hoping for rain and an end to the fire!  Best to you both-  Kathy

Jun 27, 2012 07:14 AM #4
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

The theif comes to steal and destroy but I have come that you might have life! Claim safety and favor over your homes. I pray you return to favorable settings! Lord bless you abundantly and overly beyond your wildest dreams!! Keep the faith you guys, it certainly shows! :)

Jun 27, 2012 07:30 AM #5
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I so wish tropical storm Debby could have played part in balancing this natural disaster.  We'll sometimes see the wildfires too but not of that magnitude.  My prayers go out to all of those in the path of this blaze.  God bless you and stay safe.  

Jun 27, 2012 07:34 AM #6
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Thinking of you and hoping these devastating fires can soon be stopped.  It is hard to even imagine what you are going through, but I admire your strength and faith, and I know you are both survivors!

Jun 27, 2012 08:23 AM #7
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Gordon and Cherise, I am praying for you and feeling the pain of these challenges. Yes there will be a silver lining, but my heart is heavy with the devastation. I received an email from Colorado Springs friend and I feel the immensity of the situation. I also am inspired by your sense of hope and faith. Be well my friends.


Jun 27, 2012 11:43 AM #8
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Cherise and Gordon, I want you to know that we are thinking of you. I thought about you guys today when I saw on the news. Take good care, and your great faith will lead you in the path.

Jun 27, 2012 01:13 PM #9
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I came over to say my thoughts are with you.  I can only hope they get this under control, soon.

Jun 27, 2012 01:51 PM #10
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Gordon and Cherise, it's heartbreaking to see the flames and destruction on the news- I was hoping you were not in harms way.  I know you will be all right through this horrible disaster- stay safe and know that Colorado Springs and especially you two are in my prayers.

Jun 27, 2012 02:27 PM #11
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Gordon and Cherise - I just saw your area on our local news - I sure hope you're safe.  Here's hoping Colorado Springs residents are all safe.

Jun 27, 2012 03:12 PM #12
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Thank you everyone for your comments.  Cherise and I are now working to business operations from the basement of our friends' home.  Don't feel too sorry for us because our accomodations are Broadmoor 5-star.  In fact, we've joked with each other over the theatrics of the absurd of what's been happening.  Our hearts are still wrenched from the devastation of this fire and everyone who is directly or indirectly impacted... g

Jun 28, 2012 04:58 AM #13
Wendy Oliver

I have been thinking of you both and remember visiting your house briefly 2 years ago but didn't realize it was in Mountain Shadows.  I'm glad you're safe and wish you well, knowing you'll prevail with your steadfast faith!

Jun 28, 2012 12:53 PM #14
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Sending you and Cherise lots of good thoughts and blessing from where we are. Checking in on you guys.

Jun 29, 2012 04:17 AM #15
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Sending prayers your way, Cherise. I don't even like to watch it on TV-it is so devasting.

Jun 29, 2012 11:19 PM #16
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Gordon and Cherise,

I can not begin to imagine what it must feel like to be in your shoes right now.  It's been shocking for those of us not directly impacted so I imagine it's far, far worse those of you that are directly impacted.   

I sincerely hope and pray that the weather cooperates for all of the amazing firefighters trying to get this fire under control. 

I also hope that you will be able to get in and check on your home in the very near future.   Your office also. 

If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call or email. 

May your upcoming days be filled with grace and some peace. 


Jun 30, 2012 02:51 AM #17
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

Wow.  If you have time, can we get an update?  The whole thing is still so unbelievable.

Jul 11, 2012 07:58 AM #18
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