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Old 05-31-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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You continue to act like there is going to be choice in the matter. The huge fire in New Mexico is proving very graphically that a mega-fire burning in severe drought conditions is pretty much going to do what it is going to do. Snuffing out some little fires may stop a few big ones, but when Mother Nature decides that a large fire is going to start under our current severe drought conditions, the best thing that humans can do is to get the hell out the way. That will probably mean the loss of a lot of "neato" permanent structures built where they never should have been. People will complain, moan, and blame about that for years afterward, but Mother Nature bats last, and if you or your junk is in front of the bat, it's gonna hurt.
The first picture I got yesterday when I got online was USA Today's shot of that New Mexico fire on its headline page. And that mountain literally blew its top. That ball of fire was certainly a sobering sight to say the least. It is now over 180,000 acres and climbing and has been noted as the biggest fire in New Mexico history. It's been some time since I've been through Catron County but it's a safe bet their moisture to date is as bad as ours or even worse.

 
Old 06-01-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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People will complain, moan, and blame about that for years afterward, but Mother Nature bats last, and if you or your junk is in front of the bat, it's gonna hurt.
The mental image from this is priceless... especially the "junk" park
 
Old 06-02-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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Default Here comes the fire weather

Today, June 2, 2012, brought some clouds to western Colorado. Normally, that is a happy event in dry, droughty Colorado, but probably not today. As I predicted, the first tiny surges of Gulf of Mexico and/or Gulf of California moisture into Colorado this summer would likely be weak. And this one is. Thus, the Weather Service is predicting scattered high-base thundershowers that will pack little rain, but a lot of lightning. Tomorrow will be dry, as will most of the following week, with high winds likely by Monday-Wednesday.

For those accustomed to studying fire weather, this is an explosive combination: Dry lightning to hit trees whose wood is as dry as kiln-dried lumber, with no appreciable rain to extinguish the resulting fire. These trees can smolder for days--even weeks--until a hot, dry wind hits them, making them into a "candle" that showers the surrounding tinder dry grass and underbrush with hot embers. That is the kind of event that can take one lightning-struck tree and grow it into a massive multi-thousand-acre forest fire literally within a matter of hours. And there will likely be hundreds of those type of lightning strikes across western and southern Colorado today. Now, I'm not a gambler, but I would be willing to bet that, by the end of the coming week, we'll be counting several more major fires burning in Colorado. And that's not even counting one or more human dip***ts who might manage to ignite a fire over the weekend.
 
Old 06-04-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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It will be interesting to see how this plays itself out, especially in the resort communities of Grand, Summit, and Eagle counties. Just one look at those mountainsides and you can tell that they are ready to go up in smoke. The funny thing is, from what I've heard from the old timers of Colorado, is that people saw this set up with the beetle-kill forests in the 1970's. In the name of keeping the forests pretty, we lead to their destruction. Well, if there's one good thing that will come out of this is that the burn areas will make for some awesome backcountry skiing by the time the snow starts flying.
 
Old 06-05-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Am watching CNN news and they have just reported a fire near Livermore which is in Larimer County. It started yesterday afternoon.

So far:

0% containment
200 acres burned
3 structures already burned
A couple dozen residences have been told to evacuate.
75 firefighters already there with another seventy five on the way there.
 
Old 06-06-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Article in the GJ paper this morning, the feds have issued a burn ban in BLM and federal lands for campfires on the western slope. It also mentioned there were burn bans for Delta and Mesa counties. Even outdoor smoking is banned. Miserable hot wind Tuesday here with blowing dust. It's already been in the high 90's for several days.
 
Old 06-06-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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Article in the GJ paper this morning, the feds have issued a burn ban in BLM and federal lands for campfires on the western slope. It also mentioned there were burn bans for Delta and Mesa counties. Even outdoor smoking is banned. Miserable hot wind Tuesday here with blowing dust. It's already been in the high 90's for several days.
Yep! Thankfully the temperature will be ten degrees cooler today. Yesterday's high in Fruita was 95. Humidity in the afternoon was 7%. And the winds blew steady at 20 to 25 m.p.h. Yesterday all the western slope north of Interstate 70 was under a red flag warning. Winds gusted up to 50 m.p.h. on Douglas Pass. Theses conditions are worrisome to me.
 
Old 06-06-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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That was a close one in the Laramie Foothills. Our family's cabin lies just 2 miles NW of Stuart Hole. My kid bro was on fire watch the past few days, fire foam at the ready.
Sadly, this was a facsimile of what we can expect more of this summer and fall.
 
Old 06-06-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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That was a close one in the Laramie Foothills. Our family's cabin lies just 2 miles NW of Stuart Hole. My kid bro was on fire watch the past few days, fire foam at the ready.
Sadly, this was a facsimile of what we can expect more of this summer and fall.
The firefighters fortunately are keeping this one under control. Total acres burned are now at 227 acres with 45% containment, according to KKCO News 11.
 
Old 06-07-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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With all the wind, rain, hail, and tornadoes on the front range from Greeley to Walsenburg, Mesa County is just getting wind. And back to the 95 degree furnace we go.

A red flag warning for prime fire conditions went up again for Friday and Saturday with temperatures in the mid 90's, low humidity, and 25 m.p.h. winds.
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