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MojoSlim
06-12-2013, 04:36 PM
Just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers out to all those affected by the wildfires raging in Colorado right now. I know that some of those fires are near to many of the frequently posting Colorado members on here.

I'm sure many of you have your evacuation plans in order after last year's blazes. For those not directly affected, this is a staunch reminder about how important it is to have a plan in case of emergencies like this, and to have the needed supplies on hand.

Be safe everyone!

Ralph
06-12-2013, 05:36 PM
What he said.

robcollins
06-12-2013, 10:32 PM
Yet again, trip with the kids planned Saturday to Camp Rock / Bear Creek & Jeffco Sheriff has a Stage 1 fire ban for all unincorporated Jeffco including federal lands.

They even went so far as to prohibit all illegal fireworks. (in Eric Cartman voice: "You Bastards!")

Of the past 6 trips, we've been able to have a campfire on 1. (May 2012) I'm planning to petition John Morse to legislate more rain. Emotional issue, he should feel pretty comfortable crafting some sweeping legislation that will fix this sickness on our souls with a legislative rain dance.

snakey2
06-13-2013, 09:57 AM
Fires a mixed blessing but in this case not at all. Sorry to hear about lives and possessions threatened/lost and plans foiled. Hope for rain and a quick end to them.

COShunter
06-13-2013, 11:33 AM
The Fire's south boundary is about 10 miles north and some east of us in area known as Black Forest, which is now literally now a black forest. Has surpassed last year's fire known as Waldo Canyon fire in houses consumed and in acreage. This one has consumed 360 houses, with undetermined more to be checked and about 15,000 acres. Wind is getting up so fires may change directions on a moments notice and take many more houses.
Royal Gorge fire, near Sawtooth's house is now heading south into pasture land, which is better than north or east.
Thanks for the good thoughts and prayers.

Curtis C
06-13-2013, 01:03 PM
Thanks for the thoughts. The Black forest fire got to within 1/4 mile of our home (just on the south side of Burgess) before it turned back to the northwest. Up till midnight Tuesday moving horses off of our property before we could head to the inlaws place in COS for the last couple days.

Sawtooth
06-13-2013, 02:39 PM
Mojo, et al,

Thanks for the thoughts. Curtis C and the rest of you in Colorado Springs and vicinity, I wish you the best and if there's anything we can do on our end for you, please don't hesitate to say to. Seriously.

As for the Royal Gorge Fire, it's burned over 3,000 acres, destroyed 20 structures at the Royal Gorge Park (including much of the attractions on both rims), and has caused the closing of Highway 50 between Canon City and Highway 9. We live about four miles north of the fire. The winds have kept the fire south of Highway 50, but they also pushed the fire dangerously close to town.

I had taken 10 cadets to Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Camp (JCLC), as part of a bigger group of around 250 cadets from all over Colorado. We started camp on Monday at Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Camp, just south of Elbert, CO. My folks live about four miles over the hill from camp. Yesterday we were forced to evacuate because of the Black Forest Fire, and so our camp was canceled and we brought our cadets home. At about the same time, my dad was notified of mandatory evacuation as well. Gonehuntn boards his burros at my dad's place. On my way through Falcon, I ran into gonehuntn and his son, who were heading to Dad's to haul the burros out to Calhan for safety.

My wife and daughters had been stranded in Canon City becase of the highway closure, but were able to stay with friends overnight. Yesterday evening we received an escort from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office all the way up the deserted highway. We are now safe at home, but cannot return to town until Highway 50 reopens.

Here's a short vid I shot on the way home last night (http://youtu.be/5C2Siy1nQZ8).