August 31, 2012 A.D.
Because of fires on the mountain and smoke, the apparition tonight to Ivan was closed. While we do not have a lot of information of the particulars, we do know that as pilgrims were making their way to Apparition Mountain this afternoon for Our Lady’s apparition during the prayer group, they were met by other pilgrims coming down the mountain, and from Ivan’s house who stated that because of smoke caused by fires on the mountain, the 10:30 pm apparition was closed. The fires had been burning on the back side of Cross Mountain, and were making their way across the top and causing much smoke to engulf the mountain and surrounding area. At this time, no fires are threatening directly the apparition spot on the mountain, but, we ask everyone to please keep this in prayer.
This was the scene that greeted pilgrims tonight, August 31, 2012. Apparition Mountain is to the left, and fire is coming over the top, where Apparition Mountain and Cross Mountain meet. One can see the smoke cloud rising and covering the mountain.
Here, pilgrims watch the fire, that is behind Cross Mountain, from the Blue Cross which is at the base of Apparition Mountain.
This is what could be seen tonight as pilgrims were leaving Apparition Mountain. Again, while the fire is not directly at the place of the apparition spot, we pray that Our Lady continue to protect Her mountain and all those who gather there to pray.