Waldo canyon fire

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by petepuma, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. petepuma

    petepuma Been here awhile

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    This sot shows part os Rampart rangw rd. and the tower just below rhe closed sooting range
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  2. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Nature doing what nature does......
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  3. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    I just found out about this fire yesterday through my friends Facebook updates. I left COS 5 days ago for my AK trip which means I departed right before the announcement. I'm currently in the middle of Canada and the only communication I have are payphones and Wi-Fi hot spots.

    My apartment is across the street from the Centennial and Fillmore evac boundary. Luckily, I had some friends in town to persuade the complex into letting them into my apartment and garage to collect my belongings. My only stressor was my other bike. I just picked up a brand new FZ8 back in March. The fire can have my electronics, furniture, and clothes, JUST SAVE THE OTHER BIKE!

    It's safe. I have renters insurance so I'm not worried about the other things. The bike only has liability.

    If Canada wasn't so beautiful to keep my mind distracted, I would've drove off a cliff by now.
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  4. oio

    oio Been here awhile

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  5. adventure girl

    adventure girl Donde esta la playa?!?

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    Finally some good news!!!
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  6. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Woo hoo! That's fantastic news! So happy for you!
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  7. Tilt2turn

    Tilt2turn Been here awhile

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    That's awesome! I hope there is not too much smoke and water damage. Crazy to see what burned and what did not.
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  8. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    that's awesome Dave!

    I was watching the news footage showing the homes that didn't make it right next to ones that survived - total crapshoot where the embers fell.
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  9. DakarNick

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    That's great!

    My ex's mom and sister live on Oak Valley Drive off Allegheny (Rockrimmon area). They evacuated but it's not nearly as close to them as it was to you.
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  10. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Really happy for you and sad for those who weren't so lucky.:clap:clap
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  11. oio

    oio Been here awhile

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    Our home is in a great, tight-knit, close neighborhood. Barb and I are very sad for the losses suffered by all our friends in the Parkside neighborhood of Mountain Shadows. It is a mixed blessing to be a survivor. A very sad day for many.
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  12. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    If only that were true. But this one was started by a person - intentionally or not, by a person. No lightening that day (last Saturday).

    But with the condition of our local forests, your point is well taken. It was only a matter of time before this happened natually. :(:
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  13. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Glad your home survived. That looked damn close and somewhat random.

    Am I the only one who is really dumbfounded by seeing so many homes with green yards surrounding piles of grey ash?
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  14. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    My understanding was the firefighters would go in and they'd see a house or group of houses they could save so they fought for the houses they could save and had to let the other ones burn.
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  15. no2tracks

    no2tracks Been here awhile

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    The initial response to the firestorm that swept into the neighborhood was about 20 trucks, They immediately called for 50 more trucks, by morning there were 100 trucks. It came in so fast and with such overwhelming force that houses were instantly involved and consumed. The fighters could only start fighting to keep the next in line from going up. Alas, 346 homes were lost. If that 65 mph wind had continued, it would have been A LOT worse. If the wind had abated sooner it could have been better. It was all up to Ma Nature how the dice were rolled.
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  16. CO-Dan

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    Really happy the winds died down on Tuesday when they did. The fire didn't have to go much further to take my house that I moved into on Saturday!

    Glad that we haven't seen anyone on here who lost a house!!!
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  17. duct tape

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    This is offensive. Maybe you didn't mean it that way but try telling my partner and two employees that their houses burned as an act of nature. Or the 344 other homeowners. The fire started on a day completely w/o lightning, either accidentally or intentionally by a human. If it was indeed arson, at least one person has died so it's now a homicide case.

    What followed was the most extreme act of nature I've ever had the misfortune to witness, from 1/2 mile away.
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    Plus I heard on the news last night that there were 10 people missing....one of which is from the same house where they found the deceased. Some or all may be ok, but as of this AM, they hadn't checked in, which gives me pause for concern.
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  19. dmac1

    dmac1 Long timer

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    Remember man....he posted that on Sunday...the day after it started and before we knew all that we know now. Hopefully it was an innocent comment and not meant to be offensive. If it was meant in a callous manner, well, all I can say is karma is a bitch.

    Feeling very sorry for those who have lost so much. Hard to fathom. Will donate to the Red Cross to hopefully help out. Hang in there all!
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  20. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    I used to sleep days with the windows drawn and fan on (worked nights). A fair number of folks said they fled only because they saw flames not because they saw or heard a fire engine. I shudder to think someone literally was surprised in the middle of the day by the inferno that surrounded that. How horrible.
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