I’m sure that many of our readers have been following the news about wildfires in Colorado, and the evacuations that have been required to get local residents out of the path of the rapidly moving blaze.
Caught up in this nightmare scenario are bluegrassers Erin and Aaron Youngberg, members of the Finnders & Youngberg band based in Ft. Collins, CO. As news was coming in about the fires, the band was performing in Pagosa Springs, after having spent the week prior teaching at a jam camp there. On the way home, the Youngbergs learned that their neighborhood was being evacuated.
That is a scary prospect in any event, but it was complicated by the fact that Aaron also maintains a recording studio attached to their home – and that they were 300 miles away.
Erin told us this morning that friends headed to their house to start packing things up before she and Aaron made it home, and they managed to load all the audio gear and precious heirlooms into their van and other vehicles in time.
“The fire is still about 7-8 miles away, so I think the evacuation last night was a precaution. But the road to our house is closed so we can’t get home even if we wanted to. Better to be safe than sorry.”
She was then heading over to a press conference for evacuees, but promised to post updates on her Facebook page.
Let’s all hope their home can be spared.