Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:18 pm
Bob McCarty, how close is the fire to you? Looks pretty close to me.
Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:51 pm
Ron, It's west of Ft. Collins, about 30 miles north of us. The first night we saw the glow of the fire, then the smoke obscured it. Wind changed direction mid week and I couldn't see the mountains all day long. Last I read was 118 homes gone, 55,000+ acres burned and little containment. Some people have been able to return to their homes, and a lot more are still waiting for that permission.
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:03 pm
Glad you are OK, Bob.
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:43 pm
Thanks Bill, not in any danger at all. A large part of the burn area had standing dead trees from beetle kill, and apparently they burn like they've been soaked in gasoline.
Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:03 pm
Another fire west of here, over the range towards Woodland Park. I could see the smoke rising up over Pikes Peak today. Might be sending planes up to Ft Collins or New Mexico this week to help with the firefighting efforts.
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:52 pm
Update: There were up to 13 fires burning, three or four of the smaller ones have been contained. The High Park Fire has consumed 248 houses and 83,205 acres as of this morning. Raymond was up here yesterday and said that the Air Force Reserve unit he is with in Colorado Springs will be flying two KC 130s, that are equipped to drop fire suppressant, to help with the fire west of Colo. Springs. We've already had more 100* days in June than we normally have in a whole summer. I guess the dog and I need to run through the sprinkler.
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:50 pm
Glad you and Sue are ok as well as Raymond and other members in Colorado. I sure hope that you folks get some relief soon. We will have you all in our prayers. (+)
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:36 pm
We launched two C-130's today around noon, with Wyoming sending two MAFFS birds down as well for a total of four here in the Springs. Not much dropped today due to high winds and heavy smoke and waiting on the Forrest Service to set up the reload pits. We will be sending 'em out again first thing in the morning.
Any of the firefighters here collect patches? I might be able to get my hands on some MAFFS Airdrop Velcro types if anyone is interested.
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:22 am
I have to go to Colorado Springs late today on a family matter. Yesterday an economy car was $24.95. Today the same car is $159.00 plus tax. What's going on?
Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:07 am
DanR wrote:I have to go to Colorado Springs late today on a family matter. Yesterday an economy car was $24.95. Today the same car is $159.00 plus tax. What's going on?
Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:45 am
There are a lot of out of town folks here to support the fire fighting efforts.
You'll be hard pressed to find a hotel room right now as well.
Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:57 pm
Thanks Raymond. Fortunately I have a place to stay. A cousin is picking me up and I'll buy an old beater.
Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:38 pm
Fire has moved into town and is burning numerous structures on the west side of the city. AF Academy is under mandatory evacuation as the leading edge of the blaze is under two miles from the fence. Firefighting reinforcements have been called in from Denver and Pueblo to battle the blaze.
Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:52 pm
Raymond, I was thinking about you and Bob, and hope everything is still OK...???
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