Monastery Complex Fire Update: 2000 acres. 9 homes destroyed. The monastery appears to be safe, glory to God; however, the cemetery has burned Over 100 homes have been evacuated, including the homes of many parishioners and Fr. Michael and family. The sisters are helping battle the fire, and have been taken in by local Orthodox families. Retreat ctr ~15% burned. Many evacuees at the fairgrounds in Goldendale.
This is from a variety of media sources, and people with ties to the monastery.http://www.king5.com/news/local/Mandatory-evacuations-under-way-near-Goldendale-129447668.html
Mandatory evacuations are in place for many people in the area. The above is the most recent article on the fire. The media has been taking a great number of photos of the sisters fighting the fire in their full habits.
Our parish is really grieved at the fire in the cemetery. Our priest of blessed memory Fr. Thomas is buried there. Please pray in particular for Kh. Miriam, she must be quite upset that the gravesite of her husband has been touched by this fire. (They also have three adult children as well that could use prayer)