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My state is on FIRE!!!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Colorado is blowing up right now with fires. Most recent one started today here in Colorado Springs. No snow this winter, minimal rain to this point, high winds all spring long, record high temps - hit a record 100 today, and 3 days earlier this week with record highs. It is so dry out that I am afraid to fart outside.

    Waldo Canyon Fire - this is the one here in CS that started today. About 25 miles from my place, in a popular hiking canyon.
    Estes Park Fire = started today, but is contained
    High Park Fire - over 75,000 acres and 250+ homes so far. Little containment.
    Springer Fire - outside Colo Springs, by 11 Mile Reservoir. 1300+ acres.

    And there are more smaller ones around the state. No rain in site, more record temps the next 3-5 days. Not looking good, it's only mid June.
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,432

    when can you expect any summer rains?
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,595

    Yikes! We've been following those fires. Were they all lightning-caused?
     
  4. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 580

    Our prayers are with you DanaMac. Hope the wind blows the right direction
     
  5. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,376

    Take care out there. We have our share of wild fires every year and most are started by controled fires started to only get out of control. Lighting and arson make up the rest of the fires every year here in Florida.
    easy-lift guy
     
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Hopefully soon. We tend to get our "monsoon season" starting July. But it can be very isolated, just like the bad hail storm we had two weeks ago. Large dump in one part of town, not a drop in another.

    The Springer Fire was POSSIBLY caused by a target shooter, and report is that he shot a propane tank. And since then, there have been about 10 small fires in that area caused by an arsonist. The Waldo Canyon Fire MAY be from the same deal, arson related. High Park fire was lightning.
     
  7. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,812

    first you have ice, hail and flooding. now this? is there anything that you can do to help anyone dana? balloon spotters or lifts? never know.

    stay safe dude
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    If the fire blows up tonight, I may suspend work this week, and have me and my guys volunteer as need be. Helping the fire crews at the command center - water, food, massaging the womens :) But I know there will be a lot of people volunteering.
     
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,595

    Can you see the fires where you are, and is the wind blowing the fires towards the west, or?
     
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    From my house, no. I am nestled in a little valley. But it can be seen as soon as I am out of the neighborhood. At least the smoke plume. Fire may come over the ridge tonight. Hopefully the winds die down. This photos was from 4:00 pm today when I went into town. Moving north, towards the Air Force Academy, and some residential areas.

    I'm heading out at 2:00 AM to hike another 14er, Mt Quandary. A little hesitant to go right now.

    waldofire.jpg
     

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