High Park Fire - and other local disastersnews fire local
Posted 18 June 2012 - 10:17 PM
This is a gnarly fire, and too close for comfort. I'm sitting here with a box of Kleenex as my eyes keep tearing just from the smoke particulates. The Hayman Fire of 2003 was bad, but in the southern area of Colorado. This is close, close enough I took a ride through Poudre Canyon just a couple of weeks ago. Eight more homes burned today. 45% containment. That's 189 homes destroyed. Not counting out-buildings.
And it was 100 F today - record-breaking heat. I could help put out the fire with my sweat.
Sunsets have become just eerie. Colorful, but in the sense of Armageddon-colorful.
Anything happening where you live? Disasters? Wars? Anything salacious?
And a big THANK YOU to all the firefighters and especially those from other states and the equipment y'all sent.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 10:30 PM
Last year we had the first crazy shooting spree incident in the Netherlands here, guy killed six people in a mall near by and then shot himself. We've also had a dude who blew up his apartment as an elaborate suicide. There was also an escaped tiger from a travelling circus. And I mentioned the wok killer a while ago. I think this town was built on an Indian graveyard or something.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:29 AM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:42 AM
Was thinking about you when I saw the news, Miqque. Stay safe and lets hope they can get a hold on it. stay as cool as you can
Thanks, Don. Luckily the winds have been calm today, so hopefully there is better containment. Considering going for a short drive to sit in the A/C. (You'd like the Lumina a lotmore than you liked the truck. I think you were one of three people who were in it, I had it for such a short time.)
Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:04 AM
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:03 AM
Talking of local fires... my former place of work, Bankhead Academy, was set on fire on Friday morning. The building was deserted / disused (we've moved to a nice new building up the road) but it's still pretty big local news as it looks like one of the wings was totally gutted.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:14 PM
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 09:59 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:19 PM
Was just driving through the exact area that is burning like Hell down by Castle Rock / Red Rocks Ampitheater a couple of weeks ago. (That's the Waldo Canyon Fire.) This connects to an area called "The Scar" which is a burn from a few years ago. Glad I got to see it, for it will not grow back for fifty years. Overall, the whole thing is horrifying. Governor Hickenlooper is just announcing (live) that the Air Force Academy and a battalion from Fort Carson are being mobilized to help with manpower. Pres. Obama aware, sending Federal help. This would be an "expidited" declaration of disaster - a day to fill out forms, a day for FEMA to review them, then we can get that Fed help (housing,mainly,for those displaced).
If anyone wants to help, start with http://helpcoloradonow.org/. Thanks.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:32 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:00 PM
I'm really okay. Fire would have to burn all of Boulder, all of Niwot, and 2/3 of Longmont before it got to me.
And I'd be looooooooooong gone!
PS - The HUMANE SOCIETY needs extra help. They are not only helping domestic pets, but chickens, horses, deer, bears, all forms of wildlife. We are already in a situation where we had to import feed (hay and grain) from other states. The wildlife is fleeing the fires and heading straight into urban areas, where they need to be trapped and then fed and transported. Federal help does not go to helping the animals.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:22 PM
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