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    I smell smoke..... not cool.

    I've been a hermit all morning and just went outside. It's boulder windy down here in the rock and smells like smoke, super hazy to the west. Nothing on 9News or Fox31 interweb sites. Nothing on the inciweb.org either.
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    There is a small fire on the Air Force Academy.

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    Most of the smoke is from other states.

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    Yikes.... I am not ready for another fire season

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    there is a grass fire along C470 at University. Could be that.

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    Yikes.... I am not ready for another fire season
    I know, but, ready or not ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funrover View Post
    Yikes.... I am not ready for another fire season
    X2, I hear you.
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    Just heard that the average acreage burned at this time of the year is 26,000 and we are currently at only 3,200... so, we are doing good. FYI we were at 50,000 acres at this time last year because of the Springs. Southern CO may not be so lucky if monsoon season is late.

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    Major fire in Royal Gorge. "Multiple" fires on either side of C470 and University.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Interesting thing, I was doing some needed mitigataion on my new place and Jeff Co is having a slash collection next weekend in the Conifer area. Coal Creek Canyon in 2 weekends. Much cheaper than the alternatives.

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    I'm blazing one up on back patio in Castle Rock. Maybe that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    Just heard that the average acreage burned at this time of the year is 26,000 and we are currently at only 3,200... so, we are doing good. FYI we were at 50,000 acres at this time last year because of the Springs. Southern CO may not be so lucky if monsoon season is late.
    Not sure if that is a good thing or the big just wait for it to all go at once situation.

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    Yikes.... I am not ready for another fire season
    No kidding. It might get pretty bad this year.

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    Most of the smoke is from other states.
    Hate to see it getting so bad. So many CA & NV listings on Inciweb

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    I'm blazing one up on back patio in Castle Rock. Maybe that's it.
    I knew there was a certain funk to it.
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    Re: I smell smoke..... not cool.

    This is going in the Springs right now. Just east of 83. Prayers and good thoughts for Kristian and his family.

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    Re: I smell smoke..... not cool.

    Oh geez... I thought that was a little to far east for the afa. Here's a pic from Fillmore hill and centennial.
    Hope this doesn't affect you kman...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    Oh geez... I thought that was a little to far east for the afa. Here's a pic from Fillmore hill and centennial.
    Hope this doesn't affect you kman...
    That fire is at the corner of Shoop,83, and Black Forest rd. so it is right at his house. He did say he's safe with his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bismirle View Post
    That fire is at the corner of Shoop,83, and Black Forest rd. so it is right at his house. He did say he's safe with his family.
    That's good to hear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bismirle View Post
    That fire is at the corner of Shoop,83, and Black Forest rd. so it is right at his house. He did say he's safe with his family.
    Thank goodness. Seems like things are lighting up everywhere today.
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    Shit can go sour in a hurry on days like this...........thinkin' about ya Kman!

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    Yup. Then there's this as I look toward Mt. Meeker, taken an hour ago:

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

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    Royal Gorge fire has apparently jumped the river. Not good.

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    Looks like RMNP is cheech and chongin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    Yup. Then there's this as I look toward Mt. Meeker, taken an hour ago:

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    The fire up north is a fire in RMNP on the west side of the divide.
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    Black forest, Royal Gorge, RMNP and now I am looking out the window here at work in Castle Rock and there is one starting towards Devils Head.

    CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!! Thoughts and Prayers to all. Be safe out there!

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

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    7NEWS - Live Streaming Video - 7NEWS and TheDenverChannel.com

    I can't tell which fire they are covering, but I've seen a number of houses totally engulfed in the 10 minutes of live coverage I've been watching. So sad.

    EDIT: It's the Black Forest fire.

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    Watching the live footage of the Black Forest fire. This fire looks bad right now. Kind of weird that houses are going up flames with a bunch of green all around them. Thought and prayer go out to KMan and other in that area!!!


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    This is horrible. If anyone in affected areas needs help let me know. I don't have a truck, but I do have a strong back.

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    Naive question: I'm not too familiar with the Black Forest area. Is there a lot of beetle kill around there? From the helicopter coverage the trees look pretty green and big by Front Range standards. Is dry brush the more likely culprit here?

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    WOW The video of the black forest is bad. To keep it MTB related, if the fire danger continues we have to be careful out there...and hopefully among others the jack a*s’s will keep their cigarette butts in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicket? View Post
    Naive question: I'm not too familiar with the Black Forest area. Is there a lot of beetle kill around there? From the helicopter coverage the trees look pretty green and big by Front Range standards. Is dry brush the more likely culprit here?
    I lived in the Forest (near Shoup and Herring) for four years in the 90's. There wasn't terrible beetle kill there, nothing like in the lodgepole forests like up in Summit.

    The big problem there is the vast acreage of un-managed forest. Way too much tree density. Near us there were big tracts of private land with absentee owners and no occupants. The sprouting trees would form what is called dog hair. Hundreds of little sapling ponderosa pines growing like grass in a 50 foot radius. Basically, low fuel. There were densely packed trees of all heights. When that starts burning, there's fuel all the way from forest floor to canopy. Burns hot and fast, and the fireline can travel faster than you can run.

    I had a 5 acre place that was heavily treed. The house was no big deal. After a couple dry summers I realized that I really could only insure the property for about 40% of its value. If it had burned to moonscape, I could have rebuilt a house with my insurance. Then I could either live in a house on a moonscape or sell it for about half of what my mortgage was. No way to insure the trees...

    Once I figured that out I wanted to get out from under that place ASAP.

    I really hope people are OK. Scary though. It will be pretty damned hard to fight a fire that really starts to rage through there.
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    Looks bad and getting worse... Sending out a prayer to Kman and his family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicket? View Post
    Naive question: I'm not too familiar with the Black Forest area. Is there a lot of beetle kill around there? From the helicopter coverage the trees look pretty green and big by Front Range standards. Is dry brush the more likely culprit here?
    Imagine an area about 15 miles x 15 miles where everyone owns a 5 acre lot and none of them have done any forest thinning or fire protection. Lots of old timber operations with very dense trees that have since been developed into residential.

    The fire was south of Cathedral Pines near Black Forest Regional Park.
    There's still lots of undeveloped land up there so not many structures compared to a little further west.

    When I left work the wind is out of the South, if it turns and pushes west it could be trouble though.

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    I think it started from a house fire....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR View Post
    Looks like RMNP is cheech and chongin.

    7NEWS - Big Meadows Fire blows up in Rocky Mountain National Park, driven by high winds - News Story

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    Weird. This one doesn't show up on inciweb at all. The news article says there's one that started last fall that's still burning!!

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    I think it started from a house fire....
    That makes a lot of sense, given there's been no storm activity and where it looks to have started. I'd hate to think it was set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail View Post
    Imagine an area about 15 miles x 15 miles where everyone owns a 5 acre lot and none of them have done any forest thinning or fire protection. Lots of old timber operations with very dense trees that have since been developed into residential.
    During the time I had my place there, from '96 - 2001 I probably took down 40 or 50 trees and cleared two big patches of dog hair. It was a bunch of work. Drop 4 trees on Saturday morning and spend the rest of the weekend sectioning the trunks, wheelbarrow them over to the wood pile, stack them, haul the slash to the slash pile... it's lots of work. I was really proud of how nice my little 5 acres was when I sold it. But the section of land just to the east of me between Herring and Black Forest Road was almost completely un-occupied and needed to have about 3/4 of the trees on it cut and hauled out. Since that was the direction prevailing winds blow from, I was totally spooked all summer long.

    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail View Post
    The fire was south of Cathedral Pines near Black Forest Regional Park.
    There's still lots of undeveloped land up there so not many structures compared to a little further west...
    I feel so bad for those folks. If something like this had happened while I was there, chances would have been good that I couldn't have gotten home from work in time to help get my pets out, or anything else. Me and the ex-wife pretty much had a plan for what we would grab fast if we only had 30 minutes to get it and go. She was working out of the house, so it would have been on her to deal with the whole thing if the wildfire came roaring in.
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    Unfortunately K's house was hit. Family is safe, but house footage looks like a total loss. Sad day.

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    I smell smoke..... not cool.

    My heart goes out to Kman and his family. Glad him and the wife and child made it out ok.


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    I smell smoke..... not cool.-8764_574155429301809_35642727_n.png

    I'm not sure if this image posted, but it's my house. Bye bye bikes. Those can easily be replaced though. What matters is that my wife, daughter and I are safe. I'm still crying for the cats though.

    I think the fire started in the lot kitty corner to ours, and everything happened so fast. I just barely got home and my wife and I got the computer and a few important pictures that can't be replaced.

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    Sorry you lost your home, but glad your family is safe. man oh man.
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    Holy sh1t man that's some cold harsh reality. Your post I'm sure doesn't even scratch the surface of what kind of turmoil you are going through right now. I don't know you but I'm in Castle Rock. PM me if you need something. Best wishes to you.

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    Kristian,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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    My families hearts are are with you K man. Let us know if you need anything and we'll be happy to help where we can.

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    The family is safe and you had the opportunity to grab irreplaceable items........that's more then a lot get. Sorry for your loss Kristian...

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    Wow, so sorry Kristian. Hope your family recovers quickly from this.

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    So sorry Kristian - we are also in castle rock - we have a room if you need it or anything else. Please don't hesitate .
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    Kristian, my god I am so so sorry! If you need anything, trucks, trailers, any kind of work done, automotive, construction, kids cloths,anything please PM me. What ever you need I can help or know someone who can. Please dont hesitate to ask

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post

    I'm not sure if this image posted, but it's my house.
    It's great that you got out and your family is safe. I can't imagine what it's like to loose your home like that.

    We got the mandatory evac notice a few years back. Lucky it turned out to be a false alarm, but boy was I running around in a panic for a bit.

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    Man I am so so so Sorry. I am glad the family is safe. I will help you however I can. My thoughts/prayers are with you and your family. I have some extra cloths/blankets. If you need it by all means it is yours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    I'm not sure if this image posted, but it's my house. Bye bye bikes. Those can easily be replaced though. What matters is that my wife, daughter and I are safe. I'm still crying for the cats though.

    I think the fire started in the lot kitty corner to ours, and everything happened so fast. I just barely got home and my wife and I got the computer and a few important pictures that can't be replaced.
    Wow, sorry to see this kristian.

    All I can offer is that it WILL get better. I just went (on Saturday) to the housewarming party of a friend whose house got burned in the Waldo Canyon fire.

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    Wow, scary scary stuff.

    Kristian, let me know if you need anything. We have a finished, underutilized basement (~1000sq ft), that you are welcome to use if you need. You are also welcome to borrow my Heckler for the duration of your recovery from this. DLS might be just the thing you need when things calm down.

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    So sorry. You're right, all the "stuff" is just stuff. Your family is safe and that's what is by far more important. Your cats are a real shame, we come to love pets like family I know. I suppose it's possible they might turn up alive somewhere, it's been known to happen.

    I just goes to demonstrate how quickly you can loose things. Life can just turn on a dime in both happy and sad ways.

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    Kristian I am very sorry to hear of your loss and hope the love of family and friends can bring comfort to you all.

    Positive vibes to all the fire crews out fighting on the line.

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    Deepest condolences Kristian.

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    Hate to see that happen Kristen. Our hearts feel for you. As mentioned before the feline family members may have gotten out and could show up at a shelter. Always worth checking. You have extended family here and if you need anything, please do not be shy and ask.
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    Kristian,

    Glad you and your family are safe.

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    Wow Kristian. I'm so sorry to see that. My condolences for the loss of your pets.
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    kristian, sorry to see your house burned, I hope you and the family have an easy time moving on... good luck!
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    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Sorry to hear about your loss Kristian. Good to hear that you and your family are safe. Let me know if you need anything. Also have a mojo SL for you to use.

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    You can borrow a bike anytime, Kristian.
    Glad you and your fam are safe.
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    Kristian, My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I am hoping your sweet kitties got out & turn up at a shelter. Seconding what Jay said, please reach out to us if we can help meet any needs you and your family have. You can pm Jack or me or I think you have Jack's cell #. Praying for you and your neighbors today!
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    Re: I smell smoke..... not cool.

    The smoke haze is all over. Here are a couple shots from Ute Valley. The first looking east at the smoke from Black Forest and the second looking west at the smoke from Canyon City

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    So sorry to hear about this, Kristian. I'm really glad you're family is safe. Let me know if you need to borrow a single speed and hit Palmer Park for a couple hours in the coming weeks.
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    Re: I smell smoke..... not cool.

    View of Denver @ the I25/I70 corner
    Not good. Not good at all
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    Wow... that has to suck!

    Im glad to hear your family is safe.

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    Wow. Black Forest fire now the most destructive in Colorado history in terms of property loss.

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    360 homes burned down in Black Forest. Waldo Canyon last year consumed 347.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    I so sorry for your loss, it has to be mind numbing. You've got a lot of good friends down that way that can help you out.

    Be thankful you have each other. I just heard they've found the remains of two people that weren't as fortunate.

    It's been a bad 12 months in CO, first High Park, Waldo Canyon and now this.

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    Don't know any of you people who are posting, at least by avatars names. My condolences go out to all that have suffered any property loss as well as having any part of your awesome state up in flames.
    I used to live in Colorado back in the seventies and early eighties , hopefully someday to return. I very impressed with the compassion that is shown on this post, out here in So. Cal, wouldn't believe we have the same. Good luck to all of the affected and, as my late father in law used to say "keep the faith"
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    Re: I smell smoke..... not cool.


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    There is a small fire at White Ranch, too. I saw the smoke around 5:00. There was a brief mention on one of the newscasts, but I can't find any info on the web about it.

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    Kristian, and any other that have lost homes...do you guys have a PayPal account? I don't have much, but I'd send a couple bucks your way to help replace the bikes at least. I'm sure others would do the same.
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    Shocking stuff - sending condolences from Germany! Thank god you and your family are safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Kristian, and any other that have lost homes...do you guys have a PayPal account? I don't have much, but I'd send a couple bucks your way to help replace the bikes at least. I'm sure others would do the same.
    Ya this is a great idea. I'd really love to throw a few bucks your way! With the help of a few people on here I'm sure you'd get enough to help hold you over until the insurance money comes. Make sure to send lots and lots of love to the girls! Really enjoy being with each other and keep telling them to be thankful for getting what you did and that you have each other. It's easy to become overwhelmed thinking about loss in hard times.

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