I moved to Colorado six years ago, just a few weeks before my firstborn came into the world. At the beginning, it was a tough adjustment because we moved from Miami where I had lived the majority of my life. But, little by little, I started falling in love with this state and after my second child was born a Coloradan, I realized that regardless of where we end up in the future, Colorado will always have a very special place in my heart. 

That's why the images of my home state being devoured by flames break my heart. Luckily, I don't know anybody who's been directly affected by the wildfires, but you just have to look at the images to realize that besides the hundreds of people who've already lost everything, thousands run the same risk. 

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Sadly, we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel because the hot, dry and windy weather we've been experiencing (we've already broken several high temperature records) does not help. Yesterday, for example, it got a bit cloudy in the afternoon and my children and I stood at the window praying for rain, but we only got a few drops.

It all started over two weeks ago with a fire in the northern part of the state that hasn't been controlled and that has taken more than 250 homes. As if that were not enough, on Sunday another major fire broke out in Colorado Springs, a town south of Denver and home to the Air Force Academy. Currently, there are at least seven points where wildfires are burning in my state in what experts are calling one of the most severe seasons for forest fires in recent memory.

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I know perfectly well that the most important thing is life and love, not our personal belongings. But I can't help thinking how awful it must be to lose everything in a fire, because it's impossible to replace many of my treasured belongings. For now, all we can do is pray and ask for water to be sent our way we send so we can finally put an end to this hell that threatens the state that I have learned to love like home.

Have you ever experienced wildfires like these ones? Share your opinion by leaving a comment below.

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About the author

Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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