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(Denver Post)   Raw video of homeowners evacuating Colorado's Waldo Canyon Fire   (denverpost.com ) divider line 101
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2012-06-28 12:22:07 AM  
Gazette.com has been pretty good about updates. They listen to police and fire radio and update as they can, often by the minute.
My home is a mile east from the fire and I'm evacuated waiting.

Mostly sucks, I can tell you. This shiat happens to other people, not me, right?
 
2012-06-28 12:23:33 AM  
My cousin was evacuated. Went ahead and left town for a couple of days. Got back after the evacuation was over and was immediately re-evacuated.
 
2012-06-28 12:27:05 AM  

BuckTurgidson: chopit: Anybody have a google map for people in the area?
C. Springs Gazette


The springs?
I worked for their sister business journal there.
ouch!
 
2012-06-28 12:29:51 AM  
the community is really strong there: CSBJ
 
2012-06-28 12:30:50 AM  

RoyBatty: Bubrubb: Good thing he has three tanks of propane in his car. Those are really hard to replace and would never catch from the GIGANTIC FIRE.

I figured maybe he was Red Adair's kid.


+1 for a Red Adair reference.
 
2012-06-28 12:30:54 AM  

mialynneb: My neighbor's mulch caught on fire the other day because she has a glass bird feeder. The sun caught it just right and shiat went up in flames.


Damn. That's nuts.
 
2012-06-28 12:31:53 AM  

RoyBatty: This video and another I've seen recently show homes that I would not typically associate with being a high fire hazard. Not like say the Berkeley Hills or Hollywood Hills or any of the hills I've typically seen fires burn through. The homes are far apart, the streets are wide, there is green grass and not a whole lot of trees.

I gather this shows just how fast and quick this fire is. Or?

Anyway, be well, Waldonians of Colorado.


Wind driven fires are the scary ones. We just had one south of Reno early this year and one in Reno last year and it jumped back and forth across 4 lane roads with ease, something that would normally be a good firebreak but not as much when there's wind gusts in the 80's. It'll jump house to house the same way. Plus the wind grounds any firefighting aircraft. Granted the ones here weren't as grand in scope (approximately 30 homes destroyed in each fire plus one death each), but it certainly is something to witness.
 
2012-06-28 12:33:03 AM  

mialynneb: ontariolightning: Its a risk you take when you live out west.

Yeah, not so much. I live in Indy and we're dealing with a nasty drought. It's supposed to be 104 tomorrow and we've had less than an inch of rain the entire month. My neighbor's mulch caught on fire the other day because she has a glass bird feeder. The sun caught it just right and shiat went up in flames. Good thing my other neighbor was outside when it happened. Also, we have a burn ban but fireworks are legal in Indiana. Sooooo this will be fun.


except that Indy isn't surrounded by trees so if anything is set on fire it won't grow
 
2012-06-28 12:35:35 AM  
I live in southeast Colorado Springs, so the fire would pretty much have to devour the whole city before getting to me. I work downtown and have a good view of the plumes of smoke rising from the mountainside from my office window, though.

All the smoke in the air is rather awful. Especially when you have asthma :(
 
2012-06-28 12:42:29 AM  

Nuclear Monk: It gets worse....
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 500x375]


Hey man, we all deal with stressful situations differently. Don't judge...
 
2012-06-28 12:43:38 AM  

jcadam: I live in southeast Colorado Springs, so the fire would pretty much have to devour the whole city before getting to me. I work downtown and have a good view of the plumes of smoke rising from the mountainside from my office window, though.

All the smoke in the air is rather awful. Especially when you have asthma :(


my friends started the CSBJ, and i visited CS occasionally, i wish the area well!
 
2012-06-28 12:59:47 AM  
This is why I moved from the San Bernardino Mountains to Las Vegas: Mega-fires. The whole world is drying out and you have to stay away from the fuel.
 
2012-06-28 01:36:36 AM  
Where are Waldo's ashes?
 
2012-06-28 02:08:26 AM  
Raw...

I see what you did there, subby...
 
2012-06-28 02:27:40 AM  

ontariolightning: mialynneb: ontariolightning: Its a risk you take when you live out west.

Yeah, not so much. I live in Indy and we're dealing with a nasty drought. It's supposed to be 104 tomorrow and we've had less than an inch of rain the entire month. My neighbor's mulch caught on fire the other day because she has a glass bird feeder. The sun caught it just right and shiat went up in flames. Good thing my other neighbor was outside when it happened. Also, we have a burn ban but fireworks are legal in Indiana. Sooooo this will be fun.

except that Indy isn't surrounded by trees so if anything is set on fire it won't grow


It's not like Colorado but the area I live in Indy is surrounded by trees. It's not just cement and buildings. I live in a small historic community on the east side and trust me, one house goes up, it's not going to be a good thing. Nothing on the scale of what we're seeing, but losing a home or a neighborhood is still a lot.
 
2012-06-28 02:37:59 AM  
Somewhere high in the desert near a curtain of a blue
The Rockies skirts are billowing
But down here in the Mile High City
The fans of the mountains are withering
And you can't deny that living is easy
If you never look behind the scenery
It's showtime for dry climes
And The Springs are dreaming of rain

When the hills of Colorado are burning
Pine trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the skis are ill at ease
And Aspen is burning

This is not a test
Of the emergency broadcast system
Where South Park fires and airport towers
Conspire to dance again
And I cannot believe the media Mecca
They're only trying to peddle reality,
Catch it on prime time, story at nine
The whole world is going insane

When the hills of Colorado are burning
Pine trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the skis are ill at ease
And we see that Vail is burning

A placard reads
"the end of days"
Jacaranda boughs are bending in the haze

More a question than a curse
How could hell be any worse? (Well, Arizona.)

The flames are stunning
The cameras running
So take warning

When the hills of Colorado are burning
Pine trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the skis are ill at ease
And Colorado is burning
 
2012-06-28 03:15:45 AM  

mialynneb: ontariolightning: Its a risk you take when you live out west.

Yeah, not so much. I live in Indy and we're dealing with a nasty drought. It's supposed to be 104 tomorrow and we've had less than an inch of rain the entire month. My neighbor's mulch caught on fire the other day because she has a glass bird feeder. The sun caught it just right and shiat went up in flames. Good thing my other neighbor was outside when it happened. Also, we have a burn ban but fireworks are legal in Indiana. Sooooo this will be fun.


And it's so considerate of Tippecanoe County to say (at least for now) that the state's fireworks permits supersede the county's ban starting June 29. Never mind that West Lafayette and Lafayette have been banning fireworks on nights other than Homecoming and the Fourth for years.
 
2012-06-28 03:18:11 AM  

bojon: Google the subdivision covenants and read the wildfire mitigation handbook. Those folks wanted to be close to nature. i hope they updated their structural insurance policy instead of buying little Timmy those expensive Nikes.


Well, they got what they paid for. Mother Nature sometimes turns into Mommie Dearest.
 
2012-06-28 03:22:55 AM  

Linkster: bojon: Google the subdivision covenants and read the wildfire mitigation handbook. Those folks wanted to be close to nature. i hope they updated their structural insurance policy instead of buying little Timmy those expensive Nikes.

ACT OF GOD. So Nikes not an issue.


How come the ACLU hasn't sued insurance companies for including that clause in contracts?
 
2012-06-28 03:42:07 AM  

Ed Finnerty: It's better than well-done homeowners.


It's rare to see a vid this well-done.
 
2012-06-28 04:31:13 AM  

mialynneb: ontariolightning: Its a risk you take when you live out west.

Yeah, not so much. I live in Indy


You are a retard.
 
2012-06-28 04:41:56 AM  
I hope the rising black smoke carries us far away, and we never come back to this town again.

/I hope the worst isn't over
 
2012-06-28 05:37:13 AM  
I used to live in the Springs. Twice. One of the few military places in America requiring Canadians. It's the one place this military brat would move back to. I could throw a rock into the evacuation zone from my house (just across I-25).

Stay safe.
 
2012-06-28 06:55:12 AM  
first his show cancelled, now this
www.dogthebountyhunter.com
 
2012-06-28 07:06:47 AM  

expobill: this what happens when you trade TIM TEBOW!
/Bronco and Nugget fan with friends on Quebec st and in cherry hill
..and wishes everyone well over this catastrophe.


I was waiting for it.... Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-06-28 08:19:37 AM  
What are they doing with the new class of cadets coming in today? You can't do basic training in that smoke.
 
2012-06-28 08:43:33 AM  

Void_Beavis: Try this link for iPhone users.

Link


Thank you.
 
2012-06-28 08:43:44 AM  
Hole is his God.
 
2012-06-28 08:57:04 AM  
A friend of mine lost the family ranch in those fires. The family ranch that's been there since 1870. The fire has passed them by but this thing keeps making u-turns so they're not allowed to go see the extent of the damage yet.

Stay safe everyone.
 
2012-06-28 09:19:20 AM  
 
2012-06-28 09:35:00 AM  

ontariolightning: Its a risk you take when you live out west.


Really?

Here's a picture of the Waldo wildfire.

media.trb.com

Except it is Waldo, Florida in 1998.

Here's Ontario, Canada

www.canada.com

And here's one from Michigan last month that destroyed 100 buildings.

media.salon.com

I'm sure all these places will be pleased to know that they're now considered 'Out west'.

The only requirements that must be met to place a location at risk for wildfire is a sufficient amount of wild and the right weather conditions.
 
2012-06-28 10:24:55 AM  
I do not want to watch a poop video, no matter how hot it is.
 
2012-06-28 01:02:35 PM  
My wife's grandfather was the developer of Mountain Shadows. She has the sad, allot of childhood memories being destroyed.
 
2012-06-28 01:03:30 PM  

ontariolightning: Its a risk you take when you live out west.


It's a risk you take when you don't live in a fireproof box.

/evacuated 6 hours after this fire started
//still isn't in a mandatory evac zone despite being two major blocks from where this footage was shot
 
2012-06-28 01:16:51 PM  
Where's Lootie?
 
2012-06-28 01:19:19 PM  
Calling on the power of Fark:

I really want to know if my house is still standing. Any aerial photos of the hood just to the northwest of Centennial and Vindicator? They seem to be focusing on the spendier houses on the ridgelines, not us low rent people in the valley.

We evacusted all the way to Kansas City, spending about an hour on the phone already with insurance. No idea if the homestead is ashes.
 
2012-06-28 03:15:56 PM  

Dinodork: Calling on the power of Fark:

I really want to know if my house is still standing. Any aerial photos of the hood just to the northwest of Centennial and Vindicator? They seem to be focusing on the spendier houses on the ridgelines, not us low rent people in the valley.

We evacusted all the way to Kansas City, spending about an hour on the phone already with insurance. No idea if the homestead is ashes.


Check the map on Inciweb: http://inciweb.org/incident/2929/

Switch the view to Hybrid and you'll see the streets. The red areas are burned/burning.
 
2012-06-28 03:44:25 PM  

Dinodork: Calling on the power of Fark:

I really want to know if my house is still standing. Any aerial photos of the hood just to the northwest of Centennial and Vindicator? They seem to be focusing on the spendier houses on the ridgelines, not us low rent people in the valley.

We evacusted all the way to Kansas City, spending about an hour on the phone already with insurance. No idea if the homestead is ashes.


I haven't seen anything that would indicate that the northwest corner of Centennial / Vindicator burned, but it is veeeeery close to the edge of the maps of burn areas. Remember also though that burned area doesn't mean burned structures. There were several buildings up along Flying-W that are solidly in the 'red', but still standing.

/Just south of you
//Evaced to Denver
 
2012-06-28 04:00:39 PM  
Dinodork:

I'm starting to think that a COS Fark party has to happen once the fire is dealt with and the evacs are lifted.

Trinity west of Centennial on Garden would be a great spot.
 
2012-06-28 04:36:04 PM  

NkThrasher: Dinodork:

I'm starting to think that a COS Fark party has to happen once the fire is dealt with and the evacs are lifted.

Trinity west of Centennial on Garden would be a great spot.


I'm always up for Trinity

And their lamb sliders.

/EIP, I'm game once I get back to the city.
 
2012-06-28 04:37:34 PM  

Dinodork: Calling on the power of Fark:

I really want to know if my house is still standing. Any aerial photos of the hood just to the northwest of Centennial and Vindicator? They seem to be focusing on the spendier houses on the ridgelines, not us low rent people in the valley.

We evacusted all the way to Kansas City, spending about an hour on the phone already with insurance. No idea if the homestead is ashes.


There's a community meeting open only to those in the evac areas tonight, but obviously you won't be able to be there.

This is the best I can find. Hope it helps.

http://www.springsgov.com/template/WaldoCanyonNotify.asp
 
2012-06-28 04:46:49 PM  
Meanwhile, in the politics thread, the LIberals are busy giving Colrado what for...

BunkoSquad [TotalFark]
2012-06-28 09:21:33 AM

The free market will step in and correct this.


doyner [TotalFark]
2012-06-28 09:35:01 AM

Since when has it been the mission of the USAF to act as a state or municipalitiy's fire department? Why can't Colorado be bootstrappy enough to do it itself? Why didn't Colorado's ANG buy firefighting C130s? Why is it that the DoD is now responsible for this kind of thing? Is the implication here that the government should consist exclusively of the DoD and they can then perform every imaginible service to communities?

At what point will the loyal opposition follow their own logic to it's inevitable conclusion?


palladiate [TotalFark]
2012-06-28 09:35:59 AM

Oh, well I better vote for Willard "He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin?" Romney.


FlashHarry [TotalFark]
2012-06-28 09:44:27 AM

palladiate: Oh, well I better vote for Willard "He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin?" Romney.

romney would buy the airforce, shut it down and sell it to the chinese.
 
2012-06-28 05:47:09 PM  
My mother has all the important stuff packed up and is headed for Denver to stay with some friends (she is living North of the Springs but South of Castle Rock). It's very unnerving to get a call from your mother saying she has 15 minutes to get out and wants to know what is most important.
 
2012-06-28 05:53:12 PM  

ontariolightning: mialynneb: ontariolightning: Its a risk you take when you live out west.

Yeah, not so much. I live in Indy and we're dealing with a nasty drought. It's supposed to be 104 tomorrow and we've had less than an inch of rain the entire month. My neighbor's mulch caught on fire the other day because she has a glass bird feeder. The sun caught it just right and shiat went up in flames. Good thing my other neighbor was outside when it happened. Also, we have a burn ban but fireworks are legal in Indiana. Sooooo this will be fun.

except that Indy isn't surrounded by trees so if anything is set on fire it won't grow



We're surrounded by trees and corn fields. In fact, we have both of them in city limits.
A large fire would be pretty bad here.


Is is time to start taking global warming seriously yet? We didn't even have a winter this year!

/105 degrees, no rain in a long time
 
2012-06-28 06:19:57 PM  
What can we say? Cocaine is flammable.
 
2012-06-28 06:34:30 PM  

Void_Beavis: expobill: this what happens when you trade TIM TEBOW!
/Bronco and Nugget fan with friends on Quebec st and in cherry hill
..and wishes everyone well over this catastrophe.

I was waiting for it.... Leaving satisfied.


No, it's a judgment on all those who worshipped the jerk's butt as the Second Coming.
 
2012-06-28 07:31:07 PM  

Dinodork: Calling on the power of Fark:

I really want to know if my house is still standing. Any aerial photos of the hood just to the northwest of Centennial and Vindicator? They seem to be focusing on the spendier houses on the ridgelines, not us low rent people in the valley.

We evacusted all the way to Kansas City, spending about an hour on the phone already with insurance. No idea if the homestead is ashes.


Ok, they released a list of the streets that had houses destroyed. Now, not every house is gone, but everything that was burned down is on one of these streets. Since I'm a dummy and don't know how to make a link, here is the url:

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Fire_Reported_In_Waldo_Canyon_1601 2 4015.html
 
2012-06-28 08:44:32 PM  
When I lived in Boulder in the 90's there was a pretty bad fire which was driven down the canyon by the winds that very nearly reached town.

I'm glad to see absolutely nothing was learned.
 
2012-06-28 09:10:48 PM  

Attila the Mom: Dinodork: Calling on the power of Fark:

I really want to know if my house is still standing. Any aerial photos of the hood just to the northwest of Centennial and Vindicator? They seem to be focusing on the spendier houses on the ridgelines, not us low rent people in the valley.

We evacusted all the way to Kansas City, spending about an hour on the phone already with insurance. No idea if the homestead is ashes.

Ok, they released a list of the streets that had houses destroyed. Now, not every house is gone, but everything that was burned down is on one of these streets. Since I'm a dummy and don't know how to make a link, here is the url:

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Fire_Reported_In_Waldo_Canyon_1601 2 4015.html


Link (Clickity-pop)
 
2012-06-28 09:41:22 PM  

hung_waelo: How come the ACLU hasn't sued insurance companies for including that clause in contracts?


Because we haven't referred to them as 'Acts of God' for a long time. Any hints of ambiguity have a bad habit of kicking us in the ass.

/Hence why the listed perils are enumerated,
 
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