Las Conchas Fire Update
At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, precisely twenty-four hours after Summer Solstice ended, a wildfire sprang up in the nearby mountains. Little did we know it was to become the largest forest fire in New Mexico history— 148,000 acres as of July 12. It came within four miles of Guru Ram Das Puri, and burned much Native American pueblo land and sacred sites. International Women's Camp and Khalsa Youth Camp, which were just getting underway, had to be evacuated because of the smoke. Prayers were sent out and the winds shifted; rains came. The fire is still burning—it's 50% contained, and we are praying that the soon-to-arrive monsoon season brings the rain we need in a way that the scorched land can absorb without flooding.