Very concerned that these fires will spread into the bore beetle dead tree areas, anyone out there that has good info of the current status, please post up. News reports aren't very helpful.
Colorado Wildfires updates please
I can give you my account from what I'm seeing. Yesterday morning I saw the plume within about 30 minutes of it starting and knew it was going to be bad. It quickly spread over my area about 6 miles east of Boulder. Last night when I headed to Denver for dinner I saw one of the first tanker planes take off from Rocky Mountain airport. Coming home I could see the orange glow in the distance.
Friends of my family own a cabin in the town of Gold Hill. As of 4am the subdivision about 1/4 of a mile from them was gone. The meadow about 300 yds from them was charred. Almost all of Colorado Mountain Ranch was gone except the main building. The historic areas of Gold Hill were saved at that time.
The neighborhood immediately to the west of my aunt and uncle's place is under evacuation. We do not expect the evacs to go as far as to their home, however, I am house-sitting for them starting today (not staying there though) so I will be dealing with getting up to that area starting tomorrow.
I saw one report of a building at Eldora burning but haven't seen anything else so I'm not certain that was accurate.
I work right next to the Boulder Airport which is the base spot for the tanker helicopters. They've been coming and going much of the day from what I can hear. I just minutes ago saw one actually take off. Those things are HUGE. It appeared at that time that the smoke was a little less prolific coming off the fire but as you now that goes in waves.
The smoke in the air is really irriating my asthma/allergies. My eyes are burning, the taste is horrible. I have a sinus headache that you wouldn't believe.
My thoughts and prayers are with those more directly affected than I. It is so heartbreaking.
This will put the smoke levels in some perspective. I work for a company that builds particle counters. One of our engineers was doing some testing Friday before this started. The counts were 1,301, in an air conditioned building. Today they were 39,000. I'm not sure what the volume of the sample was but they were the same.
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Just a word of caution everyone - when you hear "subdivision" don't think of what you see in the burbs. Most foothill "subdivisions" are houses scattered on 5+ acre lots (some much larger depending on the age of the subdivision) with a decent amount of those lots being vacant land. The building restrictions in the foothills limit the amount of houses you can put on a given piece of land. So when you hear 5 or 10 subdivisions being burnt or threatened, don't picture Highlands Ranch type density.
Not trying to diminish the tragedy. I used to live in the Conifer area for six years - essentially the Beirut of forest fires. Was evacuated three times and threatened about three other times (in six years) so I my heart goes out to the people caught up in this mess. Pray for low winds and rain.
Good rain and cooling temps this afternoon. I think it's on it's way out, although it could flair up again tomorrow if the conditions get hot and dry. Today the humidity stayed pretty good.
I'm so sorry for all those folks who lost their homes.
The rain was so nice yesterday. It cooled things off well and cleaned the air in Boulder proper. Not sure how much fell over the fire though. It is 10% contained at this time but we are expecting hot temps and very windy conditions this afternoon. The good news is that some of the neighborhoods, including those near my family's home are being allowed to return this morning.
Well, it still could be much worse. Forecast for the next two days is for increasing wind, and very dry. No rain until at least next week. They say it could take 10 more days to put out. Still a touchy situation ....
Exactly. There is a tension around Boulder that is hard to describe. It's like people are living their lives but warily watching and waiting to see what happens in the next hours, days. Helicopters continue to take off from the airport although there is concern they'll be grounded as winds pick up this afternoon. Events scheduled at the Boulder Reservoir this weekend have been cancelled as it is the major staging area and camping grounds for those working the fire.
One nice thing, I went to dinner last night (where they were showing a retro Warren Miller film, 1981's Ski in the Sun) and all the restaurants in that restaurant group are offering free meals to those evacuated. Way to go West End Tavern, Zolo, El Centro, Happy Noodle House and Jax!!!
The lines to get back into the re-opened neighborhoods are very long so I'm glad I checked on the family home yesterday because even though they weren't evacuated the only way in by car is right where the road block is and I'd rather not add to the confusion and stress of the people more directly affected.
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This could happen to anywhere in the western half of the country.
The neighborhoods that were allowed to return this morning were re-evacuated as of 2pm this afternoon. 170ish homes have been destroyed. 50+mph winds expected this afternoon/evening. Unfortunately it is also expected that those winds will ground the aircraft battling.
Geez, not only that, but they've instructed people within city limits west of Broadway to make evacuation preparations.
Tune in to the air show:
Takes me back to my previous life.
I guess I ride it unsupported.
Which includes my aunt and uncle's home so I left work early to gather the essentials, move the propane tank, do an extra watering and let neighbors know that I'd done it. Ugh.
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I stopped by Gold Hill to see a friend a couple days before it started. He is up in Alaska working, but his house is ok at the moment. On the way out of town I looked at the lodge at Colorado Mountain Ranch, and thought back to a sunny winter day years ago when I had just landed a job in Denver (from Tulsa!) and we sat on the roof of that lodge drinking a case of Molson admiring the view of the mountains. Most of the ranch is gone. Very sad.
I work in Boulder and live a couple miles SE. I can see the area from my house. It is fairly calm right now but now some areas actually on the western edge of the city limits are on evacuation alert (9000 people). There is a possibility of up to 50mph winds according to the Daily Camera that could shift the fire direction towards the city. Several sub-divisions have been re-evacuated. A few people I work with have been fighting the fire since it started and are finally getting some relief from national incident teams. Amazingly there are some major idiots out there. Some bozos decided to paraglide over the burn area preventing slurry bombers from operating.
I was wondering about that. Hope everything stays mellow.
My Sister in Law lives close enough that the smoke effects her but not so close that she's in immediate danger.
Stay safe everyone.
It's calm here at the moment (6 miles SW of Boulder). Driving home from DIA last evening at midnight, the wind was howling -- probably around 50 mph. The paper is reporting that the fire lines held last night, and some are speculating that the fire might have been blown back on itself. I guess we will see what today brings.
They put 9,000 people on notice that they might have to evacuate from the western edges of Boulder itself last night. Fortunately, that didn't have to happen.