Passing on this prayer request from a reader:
His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese urges all of our Orthodox faithful to offer prayers for the protection of the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox monastery in Platina, California. Wild fires are quickly approaching the monastery grounds and the Monastery is in great danger of being burned down. The monastic community has been evacuated and are seeking refuge in the neighboring parish of Redding. Check the diocesan Web site for updates.