Wildfires have been plaguing the Black Forest area of Colorado for more than a week, and first responders have been working around the clock to combat the blaze. In recognition of the firefighters' hours out in the field battling flames, a number of restaurants and super markets in the Colorado Springs area have teamed up to provide them with thousands of meals, according to The Gazette.
So far, businesses such as McCabe's Tavern, Bite Me Gourmet Sausages, Safeway and King Soopers have provided an estimated 4,000 meals to more than 1,200 firefighters, National Guardsmen and law enforcement personnel. Given the skill of those involved, the food is certainly not typical buffet fare. First responders applauded the impressive spread that was laid out before them for breakfast earlier this week.
"We had quite the assortment, from scrambled eggs, to Potatoes O'Brien, breakfast burritos and tons of coffee," Linda Holder, who has helped lead the project, told the newspaper. "I think they cooked 155 pounds of bacon. I've never seen so much bacon in my life."
By Tuesday, the fire was 65 percent contained, but it left a considerable trail of destruction. According to NBC News, the flames killed two people and destroyed more than 470 homes.