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My state is on FIRE!!!!

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

  1. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,690

    Ma, Pa, Gma all got mandatory evacuations from the cabin in Green Mountain Falls this morning. At my Aunt and Uncle's in Woodland Park, they are on "precautionary pre-evacuation notification."

    This is just up the pass from Dana and Colorado Springs. Ugly there, ugly everywhere. Such is the cycle, I suppose.

    Map of the area:

  2. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,865

    Texas knows what you're going through. It wasn't that long ago that we were experiencing the same thing. Thoughts and prayers for you guys and, hopefully some rain.
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,184

    The area of the fire is heavily forested with lots of lodgepole pines. Not so much with this fire, but many of the eleven fires around the state are fueled by dead trees from the beetles that have devastated our forests.

    3600 acres so far, 0% containment. More record highs the next 4 days, no chance of rain. Not trying to be a downer, just passing along the dreary news.
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    The upside is that should clear it out for some new growth.

    Stay safe.
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,184

    As much as we all understand that, it is really hard to accept that as good news. Controlled prescribed burns really are necessary. I guess it's just Colorado's turn. Utah has the same conditions and could start burning as well.
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    There is also the argument for selective and managed clear cutting because the fires will get it if we don't. I know that is of little consequence now. Stay safe.
  7. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,184

    Here are some photos from different folks in the area. The fire gives photographers a unique subject to cover.

    Current - 4500 acres, 5% containment, one more day of record heat, close to 5000 people evacuated, major artery HWY 24 closed to Woodland Park. Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and other local parks closed. No fireworks at all, illegal to even have them in possession.
  9. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    That looks like a real mess due to the location and heat. This fire is at the mercy of Mother Nature. I don't think firefighters can contain it without some cool temps and rain.
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,184

    Agreed. And neither are in sight. Slight cooling after today, but still low 90s. SLIGHT chance for rainstorms today, which actually means no rain, but we will see lightning which could spark another fire.

    We've had to cancel a few appointments in the evac zones. Hope they are ok.
    Went to CostCo yesterday and bought 15 large boxes of granola bars and protein bars to donate, plus a check to help out. Brave people out there right now.

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