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Old 06-26-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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>>Was taking shots from 4:40 to about 6:30 and didn't see them start dropping tanks of anything 'til 5:15ish.<<

You may not have seen them but I did. I drove through Boulder around 3:30 and saw a tanker fly over then. My home is on the west side of the fire and when I got home at 4:00 I saw several drops being made. I've also been watching the news since 4:00 and they showed several retardant drops and Sikorsky water drops before 5:15.

 
Old 06-26-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I was driving home from DIA around 3 pm and my heart sank when I saw the black plume of smoke coming from the Boulder area. When I got closer it looked to be just west of NCAR.
Fire has many in Boulder under pre-evac notice | 9news.com
Yeah, I walked out of PetSmart in Superior at exactly 4 PM, smelled the smoke, and thought, "the High Park fire is really strong today". Then I turned on the radio and found out the smoke was coming from Boulder. Have been following it every since.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, CO
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You may not have seen them but I did. I drove through Boulder around 3:30 and saw a tanker fly over then. My home is on the west side of the fire and when I got home at 4:00 I saw several drops being made. I've also been watching the news since 4:00 and they showed several retardant drops and Sikorsky water drops before 5:15.

Was simply stating when I observed it, that's all, but thanks for the clarification.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Originally Posted by Mike from back east View Post
Fire is now on the Front Range, heading south to north.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the Rockrimmon area, Woodman Valley, Pinon Valley, Pine Cliff, and the Pine Valley housing area on the USAF Academy.
And Acordong to KVOR Colorado Springs is under a state of emergency. My thoughts are with the residents of the area.

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Old 06-26-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Unbelievable. There could be 100's of homes burnt tonight.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Default Waldo Canyon Fire

How sad

I'm still in disbelief that this is happening so close to home. I just hope and pray that no human life is loss in this chaos.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I am just sick watching this... I hope you are all safe in the Springs.

This is truly an epic fire.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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Default Visiting Vail 7/1-7/8...should we be concerned?

Hi all....rest assured that there are a lot of us here in Michigan who have you all in our thoughts. Too bad some of that unbelievable rain in FLA can't be diverted west. We were curious if people on the ground in CO would suggest postponing our trip. We had planned on flying into Denver and then using Vail as our jumping off point for numerous day trips in the area. Thanks folks.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 09:17 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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Structures on fire on flying w ranch road
And now, it's gone.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Hi all....rest assured that there are a lot of us here in Michigan who have you all in our thoughts. Too bad some of that unbelievable rain in FLA can't be diverted west. We were curious if people on the ground in CO would suggest postponing our trip. We had planned on flying into Denver and then using Vail as our jumping off point for numerous day trips in the area. Thanks folks.

addfellow, thanks for the good thoughts from Michigan.

This question has been showing up in this and other threads. If you were my friends or family, I would encourage you to postpone your visit. It is being reported that some of the active fires could continue for weeks and months, and the situation is highly unpredictable. Even if you are in an area with no active wildland fires, you could be subjected to transportation delays or "red flag" health alerts brought about by smoke and ash. And, as I noted in another post, nothing ruins a summer vacation like being evacuated in the middle of the night from a campground or hotel. What is going on now is going to ripple out through Colorado's tourism sector and many businesses will be facing serious economic repercussions. I'm just one voice; I'm sure others will chime in with their opinions.
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