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(Denver Post)   High Park Wildfire now 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Has burned 37,000 acres in 2.5 days   (denverpost.com) divider line 339
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2012-06-11 04:46:28 PM
I can see the smoke plume from my cabin in Estes Park, about 20 miles from the fire.
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Last evening at sunset.
 
2012-06-11 05:04:46 PM
That live stream is pretty cool
 
2012-06-11 05:12:12 PM
I'm in Fort Collins. I took this picture yesterday.

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2012-06-11 05:14:16 PM
Here's one I took about 45 minutes ago.

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2012-06-11 05:16:24 PM
Pray for Omarion moar rain.
 
2012-06-11 05:16:44 PM
I just wanted to say good luck.

We're all counting on you.

//Stay safe, any of you in the path of this fire.
 
2012-06-11 05:17:07 PM

ToxicMunkee: Here's one I took about 45 minutes ago.

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I used to do a lot of work in the mountains outside of foco when I was a humble window repairman. I bet a few windows I worked on have now been turned into smoldering rubble. I've been trying to find my inner snark and I can't, this shiat really sucks.
 
2012-06-11 05:18:12 PM

ToxicMunkee: Here's one I took about 45 minutes ago.

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Um... how about you put the camera down and get the fark out of Dodge? I mean, they're great pictures and all, but the wind could change at any moment!
 
2012-06-11 05:18:20 PM
Stay safe, Foco-farkers.
 
2012-06-11 05:18:29 PM
Holy shiat. Those pictures are insane. Best of luck to you all. I hope by some chance it manages to get quashed before it does any more damage.
 
2012-06-11 05:18:51 PM
Good thing we are presently in a national debate about the efficacy of cutting fire departments.

Presumably the GOP's answer to this is to let the free market decide which homes get destroyed.
 
2012-06-11 05:19:30 PM
So, is 37,000 acres a lot?
 
2012-06-11 05:20:05 PM
I'm guessing this is related to Romney's comments about firefighters?

/stay safe, Colinsers
 
2012-06-11 05:20:06 PM
Get the FoCo out of town folks.
 
2012-06-11 05:20:59 PM

Fabric_Man: ToxicMunkee: Here's one I took about 45 minutes ago.

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Um... how about you put the camera down and get the fark out of Dodge? I mean, they're great pictures and all, but the wind could change at any moment!


The fire is 15 miles away from fort collins, where they said they were. Plus I doubt the fire could actually reach Foco, if it did that would be a god damn epic tragedy. (And I don't even really like foco, except for your beer. Your delicious, delicous beer)
 
2012-06-11 05:21:04 PM
Yes, but is WWV still up? Link
 
2012-06-11 05:21:10 PM
gilgigamesh: Good thing we are presently in a national debate about the efficacy of cutting fire departments.

Presumably the GOP's answer to this is to let the free market decide which homes get destroyed.


Little different when you talk about cutting crews on inner city fire departments who do MAYBE 8 - 10% of their run volume on Fire Service calls, and talking about cutting Wildland / Forestry fire service people.

/An urban firefighter is not a wildland firefighter (usually)
//Different training, different tools, and different tactics.
 
2012-06-11 05:22:35 PM

gilgigamesh: Good thing we are presently in a national debate about the efficacy of cutting fire departments.

Presumably the GOP's answer to this is to let the free market decide which homes get destroyed.


policelink.monster.com

/now in portable size
//grew up with california wildfires
 
2012-06-11 05:23:29 PM
Obama says we need firefighters.
But why should our tax money pay people... who can't even do their JOBS.
// insert ToxicMonkee photos
Isn't it about time the firefighter's union felt the burn - instead of you and your loved ones?

Vote Mitt.
 
2012-06-11 05:24:46 PM
Goddammitsomuch. I'm getting really sick of watching the West burn every summer.
 
2012-06-11 05:24:52 PM
Fort Maechyll is about 15 miles East of Foco. Very thick smoke last night, ashes falling...

The Sun was a beautiful deep dark red as it set.
 
2012-06-11 05:25:08 PM

ShadowLAnCeR: policelink.monster.com


But in all seriousness, there are prominent right-wing politicians openly pondering the benefits of cutting or privatizing emergency public services.
 
2012-06-11 05:25:18 PM

Surool: So, is 37,000 acres a lot?


640 acres in a square mile. 37000 acres is almost 58 square miles. That's a square about 8.2 miles by 8.2 miles. So, medium size town area.
 
2012-06-11 05:26:13 PM

cgraves67: 58 square miles


Just heard it's up to 70 sq miles now. : (
 
2012-06-11 05:27:24 PM
Map of the fire here...
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20831968
 
2012-06-11 05:27:55 PM
There's also a pretty bad wild fire near my neck of the woods. Link

From my link: At latest count, the fire was 76 percent contained and had consumed 21,094 acres and 136 structures - that total includes 23 garages, 26 campers, 38 sheds and outbuildings, 47 homes and cabins, one motel and one store.

Drove East on M28 a few weeks ago, and the visibility was maybe 50 feet max. No pictures, though.

Hope you guys stay safe. Wild fires suck.
 
2012-06-11 05:27:57 PM
The worst part of this whole thing is that it seems to have knocked KUNC's transmitter off-line, and that was my go-to station every time KCFR went into one of its interminable pledge drives -- like the one going on now.
 
2012-06-11 05:28:54 PM

ToxicMunkee: Here's one I took about 45 minutes ago.


shiat, time to leave! Good luck.


/seen that kind of thing too frequently
 
2012-06-11 05:29:02 PM
Damn, that is 15K acres a day.
 
2012-06-11 05:29:11 PM
Please tell me New Belgium is OK. I've gotta have my Ranger fix.
 
2012-06-11 05:29:49 PM
It sounds like conditions very similar to the Monument, Horseshoe 2, and Wallow fires in Arizona last year. Dry drought conditions, excessive amounts of fuel, relentless winds and shiatty forest management.
 
2012-06-11 05:31:05 PM

Rapmaster2000: Please tell me New Belgium is OK. I've gotta have my Ranger fix.


This is critical information that the public must know! Is the beer OK?
 
2012-06-11 05:31:10 PM

Fabric_Man: ToxicMunkee: Here's one I took about 45 minutes ago.

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Um... how about you put the camera down and get the fark out of Dodge? I mean, they're great pictures and all, but the wind could change at any moment!


No worries, it would have to jump the reservoir to get me.
 
2012-06-11 05:31:23 PM
After the past 2 years here in Texas, all I can say is, "Stay safe, FOCO Farkers!"

/Keep alert - don't hesitate to get to safety...
 
2012-06-11 05:31:41 PM

Uzzah: The worst part of this whole thing is that it seems to have knocked KUNC's transmitter off-line, and that was my go-to station every time KCFR went into one of its interminable pledge drives -- like the one going on now.


I've struggled to find the right word for KCFR's pledge drives until now. Interminable is absolutely perfect.
 
2012-06-11 05:31:55 PM
Last night I could smell smoke inside my home with the windows shut and I live on the opposite side of town that this is close to.

I went out today and it looked like a volcano in the distance.

I can't smell it anymore - the wind must have shifted.

I still haven't heard how it started. When I heard a press conference and officials were asked that yesterday they said they hadn't had a chance to inspect the area where it started yet. I really don't know what would be left to find - lightning strike, irresponsible camper or careless smoker - or arsonist.

Smokey the Bear told me as a kid that only I could prevent forest fires. I'm sorry I didn't prevent this one, but I swear I didn't start it.
 
2012-06-11 05:32:42 PM

Uzzah: The worst part of this whole thing is that it seems to have knocked KUNC's transmitter off-line, and that was my go-to station every time KCFR went into one of its interminable pledge drives -- like the one going on now.


All the people who have lost their homes and this is the worst part?

Really?
 
2012-06-11 05:33:23 PM

ShadowLAnCeR: /now in portable size

He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.

 
2012-06-11 05:33:31 PM
Yesterday around 5pm, all the smoke just north of Fort Collins.

i1195.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-11 05:34:57 PM
We've had 2 successive La Nina years. It just ended recently. What is the outlook for rain late in the summer and snow in the winter? Are we seeing an El Nino or no condition?

Good luck Colorado. We've been burnt up a bit, here. Same in NM and Texas.

Too bad praying for rain didn't work. Maybe we should til more land! Everyone remembers the famous quote from the 1800s: Rain follows the plow!
 
2012-06-11 05:35:13 PM
Does anyone have a link to a current (and regularly updated) fire map and or smoke map of the area? I'm driving cross country at the end of the week, and curious how close this is getting to the interstates.
 
2012-06-11 05:36:20 PM
Mom took this picture yesterday driving just east of Laramie, WY heading from SLC to Chicago on I-80.

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Stay safe everyone!
 
2012-06-11 05:36:23 PM

ToxicMunkee: Yesterday around 5pm, all the smoke just north of Fort Collins.

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That is surreal.

Air quality undoubtedly sucks. I hope those of you near the fire will stay indoors as much as possible.
 
2012-06-11 05:36:33 PM
Let it burn. Forests need fires - it's part of the lifecycle. Sorry to those who build houses in such areas, but it's like buying a house in Florida... at some point a hurricane is gonna visit.
 
2012-06-11 05:36:47 PM

Communist_Manifesto: The fire is 15 miles away from fort collins, where they said they were. Plus I doubt the fire could actually reach Foco, if it did that would be a god damn epic tragedy. (And I don't even really like foco, except for your beer. Your delicious, delicous beer)


As a 1994 graduate of Colorado State University, I would LIKE to think the possibility of the town and the university suffering major damage would be of greater concern than the New Belgium Brewing Company having to shut down for a little while.

Maybe we could call it 1 and 1A?
 
2012-06-11 05:36:54 PM

TXEric: After the past 2 years here in Texas, all I can say is, "Stay safe, FOCO Farkers!"

/Keep alert - don't hesitate to get to safety...


Your wildfires at least had the decency to occur in late summer.

This kind of shiat happening in CO in June is a little unsettling.
 
2012-06-11 05:38:12 PM

LadyBelgara: Goddammitsomuch. I'm getting really sick of watching the West burn every summer.


It needs to burn more now than ever before. Decades of aggressive fire suppression have allowed so much underbrush to collect that what should be a minor fire to become infernos.

I would have that our firefighters be dedicated to building massive firebreaks around civilization and let the rest burn.
 
2012-06-11 05:39:43 PM

gilgigamesh: TXEric: After the past 2 years here in Texas, all I can say is, "Stay safe, FOCO Farkers!"

/Keep alert - don't hesitate to get to safety...

Your wildfires at least had the decency to occur in late summer.

This kind of shiat happening in CO in June is a little unsettling.


But you're getting it over with now instead of procrastinating.
 
2012-06-11 05:40:02 PM
www.the80sman.com
 
2012-06-11 05:40:42 PM

joninaz: Let it burn. Forests need fires - it's part of the lifecycle. Sorry to those who build houses in such areas, but it's like buying a house in Florida... at some point a hurricane is gonna visit.


Maintain your property the best you can and let it burn. Before white people settled the area there was roughly ~20 mature lodgepoles per acre, now its closer to 700. The beetle epidemic has pretty much run its course and there's no forest management plan that will stay ahead of the fires. Cut fire breaks and let it burn.
 
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