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Old 03-20-2011, 05:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Colorado Wildfires - 2011

You guys did not have a big snow pack this winter. I hope the wildfires stay at bay this year.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The Indian hills fire has all of us sick Our valley's been smoked up for a couple of days now.
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There was a fire in Conifer that wasn't nice, and a small one on Soda Creek by Floyd Hill.

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The Indian hills fire has all of us sick Our valley's been smoked up for a couple of days now.
Indeed....just think of all of us where the wind is actually blowing toward.....I could smell it when I left work in Boulder today, and it never went away until I stepped into my house...ya, it's that thick in the air way out here on the other side of I-25.

It was so thick in the air that I couldn't even see Boulder from 287 on my way home today.

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There was a fire in Conifer that wasn't nice, and a small one on Soda Creek by Floyd Hill.

Holy cr@p!! Do these people have a blank spot where you and I have a brain, or what?
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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we've had a lot of northwestern winds taking the smoke right into our valley, unfortunately the smoke has no place to go but to settle in my valley. We've all been sick the past couple of days
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Well, that sucks.
I can't say I know exactly what you mean, but if it's anything worse than what we had in this area, I can see how it could really be nasty.....just settling down in a little town like that....at least out here, it's just blowing through for the most part.

On my way home from work today, the wind was so bad it was almost blowing vehicles off the road....I watched a few have to struggle to regain control after some really big gusts.

Also, on my lunch-break hike today (at NCAR's Mesa Trail), it was snowing on me (sideways snow about 70-80 MPH at times). By the time I got back to campus, it was snowing there too, but not much.....none of it even had a chance of piling up and it wasn't very much anyway.

It seems like they made some progress on the Indian Gulch fire last night and this morning. I hope these winds don't just make things worse.

Good luck to everyone out there. I hope you're safe and that we don't lose anything critical this year. ....and hope you guys in Georgetown get a break from the smoke.
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March 24 - Franktown Fire
"Thousands of Homes Within 4-Mile Radius Of Douglas County Fire Evacuated
Fire Is Threatening Structures, Prompting Evacuations
...[ironically] The fire was first reported at 8425 Burning Tree Trail in Franktown".
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Come on, people....geez!!
Don't burn it all up before we get back home to enjoy it some more.

Hopefully we'll get some rain or snow today to help.

April 2 - Weld County Fires
Thousands Of Acres Burned In Weld County
At least 7 grass fires sprang up across Weld County Saturday...



April 2 - Larimer County - Crystal Fire
More Fire Evacuations Ordered In Larimer County
Crystal Fire Expands Rapidly West Of Fort Collins

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Re: Colorado Wildfires - 2011

Wow! On our way home from Gunnison today, we encountered one of the worst white-out blizzards we've ever been through.

Going over Monarch Pass was incredible! For the top few miles worth, I had to take the lead to get everyone else up the mountain.....cutting the path, etc.....otherwise, some of them just weren't going to make it.

As it turned out, some of them probably shouldn't have even been out there at all.

It was pretty bad most of the way up the pass, but as we got closer....like within a mile or two of the summit, it was white-out......going about 2-5 MPH with lights on and flashing occasionally...hazards on.....when we got to the summit, vehicles were slowing down and then stopped up ahead....two of them 'stopped' sideways on the road, up against each other against the wall....then a highway patrol showed up (telling that it must have happened 15 minutes ago or so). ...then, once it was clear there was nothing we could help with, we got by and started down the eastern side of the pass....then saw an ambulance on the way up a ways down......what a mess....we were both thinking at that point that they really have to either close the pass or get something going way before the summit to slow people down or something..

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Anyway,
in light of our experience on the way home (and from an interview of a resident near the Crystal Fire today - from a mile away from the heat - that said he was outside in the middle of a complete white-out), it seems like the blanket of snow that came through must have given a lot of help to the firefighters.

Evacuations Lifted in Larimer County Wildfire
Snow, Drizzle Help Wildfire Fight In Larimer Co.


Hopefully this moisture helps to stave off any other fires for a little bit in general too.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:22 PM   #20 (permalink)
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The forecast isn't looking good for helping to contain the Crystal Fire
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