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Colorado wildfire forces Harlan native from home

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - A Harlan native is among the thousands forced from their homes in Colorado Springs due to a wildfire.

Jim Lee lives in north Colorado Springs, just a few miles from the Black Forest wildfire that has burned nearly 400 homes.

"Pretty scary time," he told us on the phone.

He, his wife, and their four children had a mandatory evacuation. Lee says they had just returned from vacation and barely had time to grab personal items from home.

"Go to our house and take some precious things like wedding pictures and all that kind of stuff," Jim Lee said.

They are staying with friends.

His family in Harlan is keeping an eye on the news and weather in Colorado Springs.

"We have a lot of people praying because a lot of people support his ministry," said Grady Lee, his father who lives in Harlan.

Jim Lee works with the Navigators Ministry at the Air Force Academy.

"Their house is a key part of their ministry because they minister to over a hundred cadets. He needs it to do God's work," said Grady Lee.

The family thanks the Harlan community for the support and prayers.

"Thanks so much for the prayers. That's what sustaining us right now," Jim Lee said.

"I really believe God will answer these prayers because his ministry is important to them," said Grady Lee.

Jim Lee says they will find out on Saturday if then can return home.

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