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Old 07-04-2018, 02:32 PM
Status: "Not politically correct" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Special weather statement
national weather service grand junction co
223 pm mdt wed jul 4 2018


...increasing moisture to bring showers and thunderstorms to
high terrain of the four corners through the weekend...

Moisture will increase from the south on thursday increasing the
chance for afternoon and early evening shower and thunderstorm
development over mountainous terrain mainly south of interstate
70...in particular the san juans and central colorado mountains.
Showers and thunderstorms are anticipated to move slowly once they
develop...which will increase the threat of heavy rain occurring
with these showers and thunderstorms. The threat of heavy rain
will continue through the weekend with the greatest threat of
showers and thunderstorms in the san juans friday evening and
saturday evening.

Recent burn scars and other susceptible flooding areas are of
concern as the threat of heavy rain increases. Stay tuned for any
future flash flood watches and warnings that may be issued if
confidence increases or the threat becomes imminent.
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Old 07-04-2018, 03:15 PM
 
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Thank you. I gather there is a chance of rain soon.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:45 AM
 
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And sadly, this thread is going to see a lot of activity.

When I started this thread a few months ago, I was really hoping I would be wrong about this sentence.


KKCO-11 is reporting the Lake Christine fire near Basalt is at 24,000 acres. 500 homes have been evacuated--0% containment.


The Spring fire near Fort Garland--over 100 homes destroyed. KOAA the NBC affiliate out of Pueblo, has reported nearly 96,000 acres burned, the third highest wildfire on record for Colorado.

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Old 07-05-2018, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Default Colorado wildfires as of July 5th, 2018

Looking pretty bad. The fires added about 160 miles of driving to my trip to Denver and back. Had to avoid three fires. Was informed of five different fires as of July 3rd.

Woke up this morning to the smell of burnt wood and bad visibility in all directions. The town of Gardner, Colorado was apparently destroyed last night. That was part of my scenic route back and forth from Denver.

It has been extremely dry. Also been extremely warm. Add significant wind and the state could see absolutely devastating damage on a scale we have not seen in recent memory.

Only rain can put out many fires. We were going to lose the Yellowstone Lodge next to Old Faithful. The fire was within a couple hundred yards and all appeared to be lost. Nature had different ideas, the ensuing rain extinguished the fire.

Do some Indian rain dances! Pray for Colorado! Whatever works!
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Originally Posted by jim9251 View Post
Special weather statement
national weather service grand junction co
223 pm mdt wed jul 4 2018


...increasing moisture to bring showers and thunderstorms to
high terrain of the four corners through the weekend...

Moisture will increase from the south on thursday increasing the
chance for afternoon and early evening shower and thunderstorm
development over mountainous terrain mainly south of interstate
70...in particular the san juans and central colorado mountains.
Showers and thunderstorms are anticipated to move slowly once they
develop...which will increase the threat of heavy rain occurring
with these showers and thunderstorms. The threat of heavy rain
will continue through the weekend with the greatest threat of
showers and thunderstorms
in the san juans friday evening and
saturday evening.

Recent burn scars and other susceptible flooding areas are of
concern as the threat of heavy rain increases. Stay tuned for any
future flash flood watches and warnings that may be issued if
confidence increases or the threat becomes imminent.
Threat of heavy rain? As the state is increasingly burning? This is pretty nuts. I would gladly pay for heavy rains. All the smoke may effect my health if nothing changes.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Threat of heavy rain? As the state is increasingly burning? This is pretty nuts. I would gladly pay for heavy rains. All the smoke may effect my health if nothing changes.
Heavy rain has a very yuuuuuge drawback - extreme flash flooding in burn zones.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWu5lizAPKY
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:22 AM
Status: "Not politically correct" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Western Colorado
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There was a small brush fire 1/4 mile behind my house yesterday due to FIREWORKS. Got put out pretty fast.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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There was a small brush fire 1/4 mile behind my house yesterday due to FIREWORKS. Got put out pretty fast.
Woke up to visibility limited to 5-10 miles and that has grown worse as the day progresses. This is worrisome. Wondering if last nights fireworks caused some new fires as the weather was clear last evening.

Just hear a thunderclap, hope some heavy rains are coming! Doubtful. This seems to the year for my little "empire" to collapse....so far anyway.

Smell of smoke is very strong. Sight of smoke in literally all directions.
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Old 07-05-2018, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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There was a small brush fire 1/4 mile behind my house yesterday due to FIREWORKS. Got put out pretty fast.
Some people just have no common sense. I'm glad it was put out quickly.
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Old 07-05-2018, 04:23 PM
 
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Am listening to local news on KNZZ-a tornado has touched down south of Fairplay right where that Westin Fire is located.
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