6 responses to Amishman Andy Yoder Discusses Caribou Wildfire (Video)
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    Florine B Robin
    Comment on Praying for everyone (September 12th, 2017 at 08:52)

    Praying for everyone

    So sorry to hear. As you said it will strengthen your faith for you the family and community.

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    Joe Zygala
    Comment on How conservative or liberal is this community? (September 13th, 2017 at 15:43)

    How conservative or liberal is this community?

    It is very unusual to have Amish appear on camera. Is this community a fairly liberal community with fewer restrictions on video and photography of members? Did the community feel this fire was an unusual enough occurence that the bishop thought that bending the ordung a bit was a good idea?

    • Good question Joe, I think it’s safe to say these guys are on the more progressive side, which may be partially a factor of where they live (practically speaking and seen in this extreme example, closer ties with non-Amish outsiders are needed in the more remote “pioneer” West; also the nature of the place probably attracts more Amish who are inclined towards progressivism). The community has been described as having a lot of turnover as it’s apparently a challenge to make a living out there, which may factor into the nature of the community as well.

      The community was founded in the 1970s, not sure where the originals hailed from. Here’s more on it, if you’re interested: http://amishamerica.com/amish-rexford-montana/

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    Comment on Amishman Andy Yoder Discusses Caribou Wildfire (Video) (September 14th, 2017 at 16:07)

    All my thoughts and prayers are with this community and all affected by these terrible fires (and the many other natural disasters lately) as they work to rebuild and return to a new “normal”. I live in far western North Dakota and for the two days prior to today, we’ve been getting the smoke from these fires all the way out here (~600 miles away). It’s been dark all day and you smell wood smoke as soon as you step outside. We must trust God; I believe we must also work to protect and care for God’s creation to try to prevent similar disasters in the future.

    • Wow, 600 miles away? That’s an amazing distance. I guess it tells us something about the size of these ongoing blazes.

      From what I recall reading it seemed the fire was quite small at first and potentially manageable with fewer resources, but then grew rapidly.

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    Patricia Foht
    Comment on Santa Rosa Fire in California (November 1st, 2017 at 15:43)

    Santa Rosa Fire in California

    Fortunately No Loss of life is the best ending to a really bad firestorm. My home town of Santa Rosa was very unfortunate to have lost 8,500 homes. The density of the population and the Late hour when the firestorm began made the nightmare even worse. I am glad you will be able to re-build as that is the only way to move forward. Prayers.

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