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    fire in waldo canyon


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    This is what I can see from my house.
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    It has gotten bigger
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    It's getting large, I can see it from my house up by Glen Eagle

    Edit: the latest picture is from 40 minutes later...
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    From the interstate...
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    I live right by Garden of the Gods park... that smoke cloud is getting really large

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    This could be bad. Can't blame this one on lightning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    This could be bad. Can't blame this one on lightning...
    I think Williams might be gone at this point... I can't help but think about coming down that just six days ago. If we had done that trail today we would have no choice but to track back up the hill as fast as possible. That is really scary and really hits home to me right now. I hope no hikers and bikers are trapped in the canyon.

    Edit: they are now saying 600 acres....

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    fire in waldo canyon-imageuploadedbytapatalk1340489541.275423.jpg
    Yup it's getting bad

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    Voluntary evac notices for neighborhoods only a block from my house. Watching it closely.

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    At 1000 acres currently...

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    I see it is up to 2000 acres but no injuries or houses destroyed yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    I think Williams might be gone at this point... I can't help but think about coming down that just six days ago. If we had done that trail today we would have no choice but to track back up the hill as fast as possible. That is really scary and really hits home to me right now. I hope no hikers and bikers are trapped in the canyon.

    Edit: they are now saying 600 acres....
    >2000 acres now and zero percent contained. Williams gone? That would suck massively. I can think of some other trails that'll be toast, too. This is so much worse than some loss of trails, of course...
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    over 2,500 acres as of 11:30 tonight. 0% containment. Where I live is a voluntary evac right now....
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    Still lots of smoke hovering over the foothills west of my house on Arch St (just east of RR Canyon) but oddly not much smoke smell in the air.

    Lived here 42 years and it's amazing the first big fire we've had happened on some of the slowest wind days.

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    I'm sure at this point most people are aware of this website, but just in case. It has been very helpful for us in the High Park Fire.

    Good luck down there.

    InciWeb the Incident Information System: Waldo Canyon Fire

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    I think Williams might be gone at this point... I can't help but think about coming down that just six days ago.....
    Werd...
    I feel like I need to pour some liquor to the curb or some sh$t...
    Fortunately after it's done the trail will still be there, just minus the greenery.
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    Nothing to see here.
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    Flying W

    They just dispatched multiple fire units into the foothill of Flying W Ranch. If the winds shift like they predict this afternoon it calling for winds out of the SW with gust up to 35. Hope all are safe.

    Sure hope some of the old growth survived in Lower Williams Canyon, that place is magical.

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    Lower William not in the picture

    Where did you find the picture.

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    Location of the fire...[/QUOTE]

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    I'm curious about that map too?

    Here's a pic I stole off of FB. Appears to be taken from the westside somewhere.
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    I am not sure where the trail goes but it does look like the northern part of Williams Canyon is inside the boundaries of the fire according to this map.

    Bad situation for sure, hoping no loss of life or structure damage happens in this

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    If you guys go here InciWeb the Incident Information System: Waldo Canyon Fire and click the "Fire Perimeter" link on right side it will take you to the map. You will need Google Earth installed to see it. The current link has yesterdays date but I am not sure about when it was last updated.

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    Great link, however, that's a pretty old perimeter; I think it's the IR trace from last night. It's grown (and they're saying it's grown at the briefing right now) since then, but they don't know how much until tonight's flight.

    I can see it's topped the ridge to the east of where that kml file indicates.

    Taken about 3 PM on 6/24 from Fillmore and Centennial.
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    Dublin and Union

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    Well it doesn't sound good

    Reading this article give a pretty good idea of what the fire took, guess the only good news is the scrub oak burned as well.

    Fire may claim one of the region's most popular trails - OutThereColorado.com

    Still have hope the old growth made it

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    fire in waldo canyon-waldo-2.jpg

    This is an image of the fire scan(red line) done Sunday evening. Bismirle I hope you dont mind but I have used an overlay from your ride of Williams Canyon off garminconnect. The Yellow trace is Bismirles track of the ride through Williams Canyon.

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    I just heard on the radio they may have found some spot fires up on Gold Camp or High Drive. They're still looking for them.

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    Nvrmnd they didn't find anything.
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    As of this morning. 6/26/12

    This is from the morning IR flight this morning. 6/26/12

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    And that was over twelve hours ago... inciweb says "Late PM 6/25"

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    Just so you guys know the Stratton open space ie chutes trails are open I rode yesterday and air was fine, granted I already have black lung from Iraq. Plus there's other trails you can hit from there which has no eyes on.

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    The view from my office. The white smoke to the south is concerning...
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    Per gazette.com:

    More parks and trails are now closed: Pulpit Rock Park, Ute Valley Park, Section 16, & Stratton Open Space.

    Read more: Erratic fire boots evacuees again from Mountain Sha - WALDO CANYON FIRE - Colorado Springs Gazette, CO
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    F.... They just said Stratton ie chutes is now closed well ninja ops time

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    This fire just blew to shreds in the last 30 or 60min.

    Fire on the front side, near the old quarry. 300' tall flames visible from the Oracle building looking up the West Monument Creek Drainage. Still quite a ways up (4-5 miles), but in the drain and heading North at least.

    I suspect all of West Colorado Springs is under mandatory evac or will be immediately.

    Take care folks, I need to hook up horse trailers and prepare to help neighbors and get some horses out I think in Monument

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    You all stay safe out there. I will miss the trails, but they can be rebuilt.

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    Just walked out to the corner of my office and you can see huge 50 foot flames swelling just a few miles from my work up in Rockrimmon. The houses in Mountain Shadows and Peregrine are in serious danger.

    I have never seen anything so devastating in my life.....

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    Here is a pic my coworker just took minutes ago before evacuating her house in mountain shadows.

    EDIT: My heart goes out to the families that lost their homes.......
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    Fire on west slope of Ute Valley Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail View Post
    Fire on west slope of Ute Valley Park.
    it jumped over centennial already?

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    If you want to listen to the scanner.

    Colorado Springs and El Paso County, Colorado Fire and EMS Live Scanner Audio Feed

    Ute Valley was on fire but has been knocked down.

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    Thanks its playing over my comp as I type this.

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    Flying W Ranch and surrounding homes have burned to the ground...

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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...&type=1&ref=nf

    says it all. Some/Many homes burning in cpsrings.

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    Air Force Academy evacuating...

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    From video on tv tonight, looks like a lot of houses in danger. According to news, it's the highest priority fire in the U.S.

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    Watching the news in total disbelief as neighborhoods burn. Thoughts and prayers to those who are caught in this.
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    Latest map as of 6:05 today 6/27

    What a mess. This fire probably couldn't have been fought any harder and still...

    Waldo Canyon Wildfire Decision Support Information(updated 605 AM MDT 27 June 2012)
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    What a mess. This fire probably couldn't have been fought any harder and still...

    Waldo Canyon Wildfire Decision Support Information(updated 605 AM MDT 27 June 2012)

    Unfortunately for those whose lives and property are effected, with conditions like they are right now there's only so much that can be done. Get out of the way, Mom nature is in charge. I have a couple of friends who basically ran for their lives and have no idea about their homes and everything in them.

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    Thoughts and prayers go out to all affected

    Wrong fire thread but some really cool photos depicting what a bunch of people in our state are dealing with

    Some photos from behind the lines - Flikr page for Colo and Kansas National Guard units fighting High Park fire

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    From Briargate I watched in horror as the flames leap-frogged down from the top of the ridge to the top of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood and spread across the mountain face all the way up to the NW side of Peregrine. Then the smoke obscured the view and it got so dark at my house that I had to turn the lights on. When the smoke cleared all of Mountain Shadows was in flames. Absolutely unreal... It only took a couple hours to take out a whole neighborhood.

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    Man, this just sucks!

    A friend of my wife's posted this photo of her house on FB

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7454465394/" title="Colorado Springs on Fire by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8165/7454465394_a44cbf644e_b.jpg" width="720" height="420" alt="Colorado Springs on Fire"></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail View Post
    Fire on west slope of Ute Valley Park.
    Ok, so the IR image doesn't show any fire or heat in Ute Valley. Anyone have a vantage point to look over there and see if it's burned or not?

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    Oh my God

    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics View Post
    Man, this just sucks!

    A friend of my wife's posted this photo of her house on FB

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7454465394/" title="Colorado Springs on Fire by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8165/7454465394_a44cbf644e_b.jpg" width="720" height="420" alt="Colorado Springs on Fire"></a>
    That's really, really a shocker.

    I worked for quite a few years at the HP plant on Garden of the Gods. Many of my friends and co-workers lived (and I'm sure still do) in Mountain Shadows and Peregrine. Wow.

    Wow.

    Bad, bad fortune for lots of good people. Hope they are all at least OK.
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    This thing is a f'ing monster. It seems like it's unstoppable...
    Everyday it doubles in size. Today it's 15000 acres, the day before it was 6000.
    Colorado is burning, mother nature is correcting our work. She is the "Honey Badger", she does what she wants.

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    The images are gut-wrenching.

    Thanks to the fire fighters, the support staff, and everyone opening their homes to shelter evacuees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    Anyone have a vantage point to look over there and see if it's burned or not?
    I can see Ute Valley from my house in Briargate -- no smoke and no sign of fire in the park. For that matter, the whole area is eerily calm, which is so weird after seeing the giant inferno that was in the area last night.

    There is fire pressing on the NW corner of Peregrine.

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    Mandatory evac area

    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Here are a few shots that I took yesterday up near our house in the Briargate area. The last one is a panoramic that I took using my iPhone. This f__king sucks............
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    I was just called by a friend living in the Springs who is, at this point ok since he lives east of all this. However, he said he just got notice that the Monument area is now under notice to evacuate -- not mandatory, just a notice.
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    Best of luck to yall out there. I have family in the area. From what I have seen on the news, their house might be gone, they live south of the AFA, according to my mom.

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    This is from my " office" ( northgate) it's moving north quick.



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    Pre-Evac for Monument areas... stay safe guys and good luck. UGH and mandatory evac for parts of Woodland Park.
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    blob of moisture south of Salida looks like its on track.

    Fingers crossed.
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    Gonna be close

    We just need a steady wind out of the north to help this storm stay on track

    Pray for rain people.

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    Things are now roiling around Stanley Reservoir. Not good, they were hoping to keep it from spreading up north into that area.

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    Mountain Shadows devastation
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    All those nature shows say fires are supposed to be good for the forest.
    Something about re-growth...

    Screw that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR View Post
    blob of moisture south of Salida looks like its on track.

    Fingers crossed.
    It's eerie how the bulk of the storm seems to be *avoiding* the main fire area...

    NWS radar image loop of Composite Reflectivity from Denver/Boulder, CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    It's eerie how the bulk of the storm seems to be *avoiding* the main fire area...

    NWS radar image loop of Composite Reflectivity from Denver/Boulder, CO
    Could be the heat of the fire is just turning any precip into Virga. The Composite Reflectivity probably shows water vapor density. The heat may just be cooking away the density. Or it could just be curving around the Pikes Peak Massif.
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    Could be bad info

    But just heard on scanner fire on Gold Camp, no idea upper or lower.

    Hope this to be bad infoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshman108 View Post
    All those nature shows say fires are supposed to be good for the forest.
    Something about re-growth...

    Screw that.
    Kinda like building houses in the forest is good for growth?

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    Absolutely horrible and heartwrenching to see all of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEMTBR COLORADO View Post
    But just heard on scanner fire on Gold Camp, no idea upper or lower.

    Hope this to be bad infoe
    Anymore word on this Joe?

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    On the radio in Denver I heard that the FBI is investigating the Waldo fire from an arson perspective. As anyone read anything about this which they can link to?

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    The local news said the same thing this evening. I have not heard of any solid info on any suspect yet but since the weather was clear, hot & dry when it started and Teller Cnty has had arson fires I'm not surprised. The news Friday had a short report that there was a reported fire near Waldo- then Saturday this thing blows up- seems like it could be the same incident.

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    I hope everyone got out OK. Earlier in the year i got a reverse 911 text message for a mandatory fire evacuation in my neighborhood. The time stamp was three hours old and the wind was gusting like there was no tomorrow.

    Turned out to be a mistake, but it still rocked my world.
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    FYI - Mount Herman Road is now closed...
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    Took a few weeks for High Park to take little over 200 homes and one night for Waldo Canyon to take over 300!!!

    We did get a very small amount of rain and cooler weather yesterday - this was in Castle Rock (North of C. Springs)!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelsnotfour View Post
    On the radio in Denver I heard that the FBI is investigating the Waldo fire from an arson perspective. As anyone read anything about this which they can link to?
    I don't know anything about this but when you think of it, you have tens, or hundreds of thousands of people living in or near fire prone forests and the conditions are perfect for a large fire, at least a few people are going to either be careless or criminal with fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri View Post
    FYI - Mount Herman Road is now closed...
    I hadn't seen this yet. Where did you find this info?

    As I was packing up various things and getting ready to evacuate yesterday, the smoke really started billowing from just south west of Mt Herman Rd. From behind about 2 mountains to the south of 715. I took a load of stuff over to my parents' house across I25 and on the way back home, it started raining quite heavily in Monument. I got home and did a bunch more fire mitigation (brush, grass, tree removal) while it was raining. It was super gusty and windy, but when the rain stopped, the billowing smoke had mostly disappeared. I hope that the rain helped more than the wind harmed.

    Sketchy times...
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    Regarding the idea of arson.
    Last Wed, Thurs, and Friday there were over twenty small fires started in and around Woodland Park. All of which were reported and put out. Then Friday night there was a fire reported near Waldo canyon, when firefighters showed up they couldn't find anything. Apparently they spent several hours looking for it, this was know as the "Pyramid Mountain fire". Then Saturday the Waldo fire was reported...
    I saw this info on the news late Friday night regarding the arson and really have not heard much more about it. Seems like they are staying tight lipped about it.
    Personally, If it is arson. I hope they hang this person, or let us go back to public stoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    I hadn't seen this yet. Where did you find this info?

    KRDO this morning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    ...Personally, If it is arson. I hope they hang this person, or let us go back to public stoning.
    Firebugs are sick puppies. From the article it sounds like they think maybe it's a group. Hopefully the authorities will catch one or two of them and use the weak, stupid person to get to the others before more of this can happen.

    I was in touch with a friend from Co Springs yesterday. She and her husband are staying with a mutual friend in Gleneagle, waiting to hear about their house in Peregrine. She ran down a list of names of people I've known and worked with who either are reasonably certain their homes are gone or who are waiting to hear.

    I'm feeling pretty angry and vindictive right now about anyone who might have had a part in starting this thing intentionally. Anger leads to thoughts about painful punishment for people responsible. But I would urge anyone who sees somebody involved in this--resist the urge to get personally involved. Get the authorities on it, so we have the best chance of seeing the whole group brought down if there is a group.

    We all know that prison is too good for somebody who inflicts this kind of pain and loss on so many others. And the firebug rarely spends more than a decade or so locked up. But I think we need to stick to the high road. There is too much to be lost by missing a chance to get all the rats in this den.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri View Post
    KRDO this morning...
    It sucks for us riders that they close the road, but good from an overall safety perspective. All the closures are reminding me of the Hayman Fire.
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    The aerial photos of the destroyed homes on this site are pretty amazing:
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    Little detail of pictures

    Sorry in advance if anyone see's their home in those pictures from the post.

    #1. Lanagan St. Flying W

    #2. Yankton Pl. "heard last night a couple walked up to their house to see results, fire was not happy"

    #3. Majestic Drive "Almost bought a house on that St. When we move to town"

    Picture #5 was the Flying W Ranch and Dinner facility, was a fun show to watch.

    For the Denver Folks picture #9 is Rampart Res. and by the time of the picture looks as if it was burning all around the lake except the Campground, this is a major water source for Colorado Springs

    I am hopeful they keep this west of the front range and out of Mount Herman, gonna be close

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEMTBR COLORADO View Post
    ...I am hopeful they keep this west of the front range and out of Mount Herman, gonna be close
    I would imagine that the I-25 corridor between Monument Hill and Woodmen would make a pretty effective fireline--but God help us if it somehow jumps over into Gleneagle/Black Forest.
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    Been helping pack friends up. Fire is Scary. If you were evacuated and need a place to stay I have a spare room and a camper. PM me if needed. Only downside is I am in Conifer.

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