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Old 07-02-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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waneroo wrote:
There is always risk out there. Most people are unaware several people have died on I-70 in the past 10 years from falling rocks. 3 people died in West Denver on I-70 when part of a bridge construction collapsed. Another man died in Aspen around 2005 on Hwy 82 when a piece of metal dropped out of a truck in front of him, came through the windshield and cut his throat.
Just goes to prove the old saying.....sh*t happens!

 
Old 07-02-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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This is very sad, and bad news for firefighting efforts: C-130 firefighting air tankers grounded after fatal South Dakota crash - CNN.com
 
Old 07-02-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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This is very sad, and bad news for firefighting efforts: C-130 firefighting air tankers grounded after fatal South Dakota crash - CNN.com
I wouldn't speculate on the specifics of this tragic crash, but there is no doubt that flying a massive airplane like the C-130 with a heavy payload into areas that require severe turns at low altitudes tests both pilot skill and the endurance of an airplane. It's very risky business.

Unfortunately, it also severely tests the fallacy of relying heavily on air support to suppress fires. Once again, it demonstrates that we need to be thinking a lot harder about how our forests are managed and where we should be allowing structures to be built in them. These are difficult and controversial discussions and decisions to undertake, but we'd better get started on it, or we will be dealing with fires and the resulting tragedies like this a whole lot more often.
 
Old 07-03-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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Just a bit ago on GJ's NBC affiliate-KKCO, have reported good progress has been made overnight on the Pine Ridge fire near DeBeque. They are reporting:

13,360 acres burned
65% containment
$1,646,167 spent on containment

Same amount of firefighters involved (350). Jazzlover made a good point yesterday morning and News11 confirms monsoon moisture moving into SW Colorado. Of all the years I've lived in Mesa County it's a crapshoot as to what we get come July/early August regarding monsoon storms. The last few years haven't been super great but we'll see. The 5 day forecast calls for 30% chance of storms for Mesa County for this weekend. We are SO far behind for yearly moisture.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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Default You know it's dry when . . .

You know it's dry when the tundra at 12,000 feet can ignite on fire from a lightning strike. That has occurred near Twin Peaks, south of Ouray.

Weather forecasts are still predicting a significant incursion of the Southwest Monsoon into southwestern Colorado for the next few days. In both New Mexico and southwest Colorado, the forecast is for precipitable amounts of precipitation of up to 1" from storms in the mountain areas. Let's hope the forecast is accurate. Unfortunately, it appears the most of the precipitation will miss the western valleys and northwest Colorado until late in the weekend, if those areas get any at all.
 
Old 07-03-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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As one of the "lucky" residents of Mountain Shadows (many of my neighbors within 2 homes of me on both sides of the street are total losses), I'd like to say "Thank You". Thank you to a community that has shown us compassion, to the members of C-D for the kind words of understanding and support, and obviously, to the firefighters who did a miraculous job of saving what they could of our neighborhood. And, not to offend anyone, thank you God. Even in the midst of all this destruction, we feel fortunate and honored to be residents of this wonderful city. Now, I just can't wait to go home.
 
Old 07-03-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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LIBRA, amazing video your brother sent to you, very scary. THANKS to all the firefighters and other emergency services who risked their lives controlling this fire. SYMPATHY to all who lost their homes and their way of life, too sad to imagine. GG
 
Old 07-03-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: The 719
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And, not to offend anyone, thank you God.
No offense taken. Men and women of courage rely on their God.

Congrats to you and condolences to those less fortunate at this time.
 
Old 07-03-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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LIBRA, amazing video your brother sent to you, very scary. THANKS to all the firefighters and other emergency services who risked their lives controlling this fire. SYMPATHY to all who lost their homes and their way of life, too sad to imagine. GG
Just to be clear, my brother didn't make the video...it was filmed by a Colorado Springs college student from the back deck of his parents' house! To say he did an amazing job is an understatement.
 
Old 07-03-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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An article in CNN today tells us what we already know....
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