Platina, like most of California, becomes very dry in the summer. Forest fires are a constant threat. Within the past week, the forest right next to the women’s skete of St. Xenia of Petersburg, also founded by Fr. Serpaphim (Rose), was ablaze and the fire has been spreading toward the monastery. Through the prayers of all who love the monastery and skete, the fire has not engulfed the skete or monastery, but prayers must not stop until the danger is over.
These photos were taken a few days ago by a novice of the monastery. The whole territory is filled with smoke, as bulldozers clear fire lines around the monastery another houses. The brothers express special thanks and prayers to all the vigilant firefighters!