Update July 5, 2018


Yes Autumn Rock (our 40 acre parcel) burned - it's devastated.

Yes, Yellowstone Creek Ranch (2500 acres that is home to several of us - an HOA - is burned - devastated.

All these days I have said in the posts, we had a 5% chance that the house might have survived.

I got the word this afternoon - the HOUSE SURVIVED! In the middle of armageddon the house survived!





Update July 3, 2018


Justin and I were together atop a high ridge about 4 miles away as our dream went up in flames. It only took the raging beast about 20 minutes to consume our 40 acres and it rolled down the ranch consuming all 2500 acres in maybe 3 hours. We are fine. Here is a link to my Facebook post. 




Update July 2, 2018 - 

FIRE UPDATE: I received this photo on Sunday evening - about 8 hours ago. It was taking by friends who have parcels on the ranch. They were there watching/waiting. Due to the severity of the situation - after this was taken - they left.

Our house at Autumn Rock can be seen in the bottom of the photo. My best guess is that when this was taken it was about 100 yards away.

The second photo shows the house and how it sits in proximity to the trees/fuel. Of course all those are out of frame on the image with fire. The additional overview was taken by Justin about 12 hours before the image with the fire. But I add it here to give you perspective.Within minutes for sure the house was either surrounded or engulfed and there may be no way to know for a while.

Thank you for your support and love. It means a lot and helps Justin and I cope. Of course miracles can happen, but the beast has basically reached the door of the castle. I fly home today.




Posted Sunday morning, July 1, 2018

On Wednesday, June 27th a small plume of smoke was seen rising over the mountain ridge west of La Veta, Colorado. The guess by those seeing it from La Veta would have been a fire in Forbes Park. Indeed it was - but it was such a small cloud.

The fire grew quickly to over 2000 acres and over the next 24 hours turning into a monster that devoured everything in its path over the ridge. But then it crested the ridge and began a descent down the slopes toward our small town - population only 800. 

The entire town was in danger of being engulfed, but firefighters managed to create enough fire break to make that attack manageable. The growth to the north and south and west continues to be fast and erratic. 

As a result, the new mountain house (Autumn Rock) that Justin and I just built and finished in March this year - on a parcel we purchased in 2002 - is now facing the inevitable. 

In three days it has grown to 41,000 acres and is considered zero percent contained. 

The full account can be read here. EDITED TO ADD: But the updated results are up at the top of this article


Justin took this photo from the deck of our house in La Veta just 28 hours after the initial smoke plume. 


#82 Bev Ikeda 2018-07-25 19:22
Glad to see your home survived. Saddened the area was so devasted by the fire and for those that lost their homes or affected by the fire.
#81 Kerry Davidson 2018-07-04 19:18
It's not often I feel like crying, but I just can't imagine what it would be like to lose something you have put so much into. You two have such a good attitude about it, and it's great that you saved anything of value to you both, but starting all over again will be hard. My thoughts are definitely with you. :sad: :sad:
#80 Gloquilter 2018-07-04 13:25
My Dear Friends, May I call you that. My heart breaks with yours. At least you are both safe, your girls, Quilts and treasures are safe. There are no words which can convey the distress we all feel for you. Good bless you both, Gloria From Cyprus
#79 Kathleen Lautaret 2018-07-04 12:39
LaVeta area as one drives toward the town and Autumn Rock and now I have heard you and Justin watched your just finished home and surrounding trees are gone. My heart aches along with you and Justin. So glad that both of you are alive and well. You both are in my prayers and I am thankful your dogs are safe and well too! Viya Con Dios GrannyKat alias Kathleen Lautaret
#78 Judy Beavers 2018-07-04 10:32
My heart is breaking for you, I am praying for your healing.
#77 Warm Quilts 2018-07-04 09:31
My heart and tears are with you as we pack mementos in quilts for possible evacuation from No. California wildfire. So glad you are all safe!
#76 Fatima 2018-07-04 00:18
I am so very sorry for all that you are going through. Know that love from around the world is with you and Jason and that, love, will help you guys get through such an awful mess. The community you are part of, is a community that will be there for you as you put one foot in front of the other to move forward. The saying is: There is strength in numbers. Know that those numbers are more than you can ever imagine, so I will keep a positive thought for you, Jason and all of the people that are going through this ordeal. Hope and love is what we all send to you.
#75 Jennifer P 2018-07-03 22:29
I don’t have words adequate enough to express how sorry I am for the loss of your home. Even though you have the right perspective that “things are just things” and relationships are most important and a gratitude for no loss of life, it is still a huge loss and one in which many will share in your mourning. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to see your home. If a home can have a personality, it certainly did because you took such great care to create it as a beautiful reflection of who you are as a man and an artist. I’m grateful the man and the artist is still with us. You are still very much needed in the creative world.

Much love to you and Justin as you mourn your loss.
#74 Patsy 2018-07-03 21:52
My thoughts and prayers are with you Both at your terrible loss. But you both are safe, the "Girls are also safe and I have "no doubts" that with your family and many friends to support you things will work out. Stay strong, and hold on to your dreams.
#73 Janey Aiken 2018-07-03 20:56
Praying for you and Justin to have the strength to endure this setback in your lives. Blessings to you both, stay safe.

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