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Old 07-03-2018, 07:42 AM
 
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First day I have seen ash on my car that was parked outside last night- have smelled the southern fires for a few day but this was the first day I noticed the ash.

Pray for rain!
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:07 PM
 
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Yep me too, I noticed the ash on my car this morning also.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:09 PM
 
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It smells terrible. I can't imagine what the smell was like during the Waldo and Black Forest fires!
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:00 PM
 
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It smells terrible. I can't imagine what the smell was like during the Waldo and Black Forest fires!
I knew Waldo was bad on the night everything blew up- it smelled like an electrical fire and it was not just the smell of wood we had prior to that awful night.

You knew a lot of things were burning that were not made of wood
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I recall during Waldo Canyon that we not only had the fine, grey ash, but we had palm sized pieces of charred material floating in the air.
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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I recall during Waldo Canyon that we not only had the fine, grey ash, but we had palm sized pieces of charred material floating in the air.
Yes, we had fully formed oak leaves made of ash that disintegrated when you touched them.
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:03 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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I recall during Waldo Canyon that we not only had the fine, grey ash, but we had palm sized pieces of charred material floating in the air.
I evacuated my three youngest children; (the youngest is disabled) & myself when it “firestormed” & had to wrap wet towels around their heads to run for the car because there were flaming embers the size of briefcases floating down all around us.

I had to use the windshield wipers to bat them off my windshield.

As it turns out; there was an error on the FEMA maps that had caused them to neglect to order our neighborhoods evacuation. I didn’t notice it until we were again forgotten during the post-fire sand bag distribution but one little wedge of the neighborhood where we lived had been erroneously zoned “Commercial” vs “Residential” & they were under the impression that all the businesses had voluntarily evacuated the day before.

My saving grace was that nobody knew they had just re-opened lower Dublin Rd from n. Nevada/I25 & I was able to quickly head east away from the inferno.

I don’t remember the smell as much as I remember feeling it approaching. I have microcytic anemia & when the fire started to “breathe” my body was having to compete for the oxygen. Sort of felt like I was in a glass jar with the lid screwed on & no holes poked in it.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:10 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Are you and the kids okay? What about your house?
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