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Old 06-17-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Grand Junction, CO
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Oh but Honey, don't you realize that wildfires are "natural"? It doesn't matter to those dipshidiot tree huggers that many of these devastating fires could be avoided by proper forest management and selective culling of trees.
That may start changing with all their homes being put in danger, especially if they live around Fort Collins like I do.

 
Old 06-17-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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follow them on facebook, they've been posting weather or not they've burned down almost daily.

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Old 06-18-2012, 12:12 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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Mike, that Propane story is just a rumor, fire chief says it was started by lightning. Although i suppose anything is possible with them Park County types
 
Old 06-18-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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That may start changing with all their homes being put in danger, especially if they live around Fort Collins like I do.
One can only hope it brings them to their senses.
 
Old 06-18-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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We were up at Rampart yesterday and saw this new fire blow up. Happened really fast. One minute blue sky, the next smoke billowing to the southeast. I wouldn't surprise me if it was caused by some idiot shooting a propane tank.
 
Old 06-18-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Good article in the GJ paper today about the Olathe crop duster who helped with the Cedaredge fire last week. The local fire chief said if the guy hadn't volunteered to drop water from his plane, that fire would still be burning and on Grand Mesa by now. The local boy who was burned trying to warn neighbors is back home.
 
Old 06-18-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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I just returned from another of my regular sojourns around southern Colorado. I do like that my work allows me to do that as a matter of course. Unfortunately, the weather/fire situation remains grim. I can safely say now that it appears that the Southwest Monsoon is NOT going to arrive early this summer, which means that fire danger is highly likely to remain extreme at least until the end of June, if not longer. The weather in southern Colorado has been abnormally warm (as it has been for many months now) and brutally dry--with humidity into the single digits in afternoon even in the higher elevations. Amazingly, there is still some green grass around here and there, but soil moisture is now essentially non-existent. The weather forecasts very dry, hot, and windy conditions throughout southern Colorado for around another week, at least. The Sand Creek fire, which I personally got a look at, is essentially being allowed to burn--protection of a few second homes, etc. being about all that is being done. The good news is that it is, for the most part, behaving like a good underbrush-cleaning fire that is not crowning much. The bad news is that the air quality from around Pagosa Springs west to Bayfield can be horrendous, especially in the Piedra River valley. The local consensus is that the Sand Creek fire will burn until (or if) the Southwest Monsoon shows up or until the snow flies. I talked to some folks who were "up close and personal" to the fire west of Fort Collins--it is likely to do the same--burn until the snow flies.

I had a chance to talk to a Forest Service firefighter. His characterization of the fire season this year in Colorado and New Mexico can be summed up in this analogy: Like being in charge of small hospital used to treating a relatively small number of patients at a time when the whole town is infected with cholera. Who gets treated? The richest and most politically powerful families in town? The people who are the sickest? The people with the best chance to survive? The ones who got sick first, until the resources are exhausted, then it's everybody for himself? Or by pulling straws? Bottom line--only a small portion of the problem can likely be treated, so hard decisions will be made about what gets treated and what doesn't.

Finally, just to add insult to injury, a huge infestation of tent caterpillars along the Colorado/New Mexico border has essentially denuded tens of thousands of acres of aspen of their leaves. This kind of infestation, relatively rare, usually only lasts until early to mid-July, but the trees may or may not leaf out again this year with the current drought. If the infestation returns next year, again, relatively rare, those aspen groves may be killed.
 
Old 06-18-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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I drove through Lake George earlier this evening, didn't see a lot of smoke, but there's enough there to make the eyes sting.


How are conditions in Fort Collins? Based on the maps it looks like the fire been moving west. Has that eased up the smoke in Fort Collins?
 
Old 06-19-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Default Smoke from Nevada fire

Yesterday evening the sky here was brown and the air smelled of smoke, it's hazy today.

I learned the smoke along the western slope is from a large fire in Ely, Nevada. The howling westerly winds are carrying it this far east.

Amazing.

Last edited by Mike from back east; 06-19-2012 at 01:22 PM.. Reason: There, I fixed that for ya by correcting the error.
 
Old 06-19-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I was wondering where that smoke was from too. I thought maybe it was from the Pagosa Spr fire, as we had winds from the south for a while.

I'm surprised that we haven't had a fire in the Bookcliffs or on the Uncompahgre Plateau yet.
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