Fire crews from across the country are converging on Colorado Springs as a massive wildfire continues to burn. Volunteers from Berks County could soon spring into action.
It's been devastating for everyone who's witnessing the mass destruction of the wildfire in Colorado Springs. So far, the fire has displaced 36,000 people and devoured more than 18,000 acres.
"It was late Monday night when everybody was in that stage of going from denial to realizing the situation as it started coming over from the mountainside," said Chris Snyder, a 1998 graduate of Wyomissing Area High School.
69 News first caught up with Snyder in May when he was hired as the U.S. Olympic Committee's director of coaching education. He and his wife now live in Colorado Springs.
"One of the major problem areas of the past four days, we've had a record heat spell where it's been over 100 degrees three of the last four days, and we've been around 95 the other days," said Snyder.
The U.S. Forest Service said it could take until mid-July to get the fire under control, so aid from organizations like the American Red Cross is critical.
"They are committing to typically two to three weeks to go out on an assignment like this," said Adrian Grieve, Berks County chapter of The American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is looking for nurses, doctors and mental health specialists to travel to Colorado, Grieve said.
"They're committing to going out and working long hours, 16-18 hours a day with relatively little time off, but supporting the disaster relief operation," said Grieve.
Through it all, Snyder said the support shown by others is helping area residents get through this very difficult time.
"There's been a great outreach, outpour of support," said Snyder.