Colorado Springs

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  1. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Waldo Canyon Fire has spread to the western edge of Colorado Springs and is now moving through residential areas with structure to structure ignition.

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    Donations are to go to Red Cross or Salvation Army only, per local officials.
     
  2. Vincine

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    We have fires in the west, and there’s rain storms flooding the southeast. Sigh. :(
     

  3. levelcross

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    A friends parents house is less than a mile from this pic. Heart breaking to say the least.
     
  4. W. C. Quantrill

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    It is supposed to become worse today. The large air tankers have been called off because of no visibility in the smoke.
     
  5. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    Pulled from another site:

    Here's the deal because it is on the local news channel here channel 12 all day.

    Fire 0% contained. Air force Academy and areas around that evacuated and in danger. This is the northwestern part of Colorado Springs

    32,000 evacuated, 6200 acres burned

    Garden of the Gods park closed down and in danger.

    Winds are not helping at the moment

    State must use all funds before it can be declared a national emergency 600 firefighters currently on scene.

    Cheyenne Mountain, HOME OF NORAD... in danger

    I can't believe they haven't declared it yet its almost on federal property.

    Unreal I live far south near fountain Colorado and can easily smell it. The smoke has completely obscured the view of the Rockies.

    Arson has not been ruled out.

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  6. Bigcountry02

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    Nearly half of the United States’ airborne fire suppression equipment was operating over Colorado on June 25, 2012, CNN reported, as tens of thousands of acres burned. Fires raged in southwestern Colorado, northeastern Colorado, and multiple locations in between. ...

    As fires burned, Colorado also coped with extreme heat. The Denver Post reported that Denver endured triple-digit temperatures June 22 through 24, and the National Weather Service forecast temperatures of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for June 25 and 26, with temperatures in the upper 90s through June 29.

    Colorado’s fires have followed a dry spring. Although the state experienced unusually heavy snow in February, little snow followed in March and April, part of a larger pattern of low snowfall. By June 19, 2012, conditions throughout the state ranged from unusually dry to extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

    On June 25, 2012, Tim Mathewson, a fire meteorologist with the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, remarked: “Current conditions are comparable to 2002 fire season, which was the worst in Colorado history. Fires haven’t burned as many acres at this point, but the drought conditions and fuel conditions are right up there with the 2002 season, if not worse.”



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    Colorado Blaze Claims First Homes

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    Colorado Springs under threat as 32,000 flee Waldo fire

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    Waldo Canyon Fire, Colorado Springs June 26 2012

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  7. Bigcountry02

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  8. c3shooter

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    Bummer! Used to live North of there about 25 miles. Houses in the developments are built so close to one another that a charcoal grill could take out 3 houses. Forest is spruce and, ummm- spruce. When dry, burns like Sterno.
     
  9. ktmboyz

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    That is sad for sure. Thoughts and prayers to all the people affected by this horrible fire..
     
  10. W. C. Quantrill

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    I'm getting reports that at least 100 houses are burned or burning. They are saying now that there are 1000 firefighters on the line with more coming in.

    One person has posted that he has video of an arsonist setting the fire, and TV stations are going mad trying to be the first one to get to him for the info, as police seem to be too busy to respond to him.

    Flying W Ranch is total ash, now. KRDO and KKTV have websites and Facebook pages, and Gazette.com does also and they are providing continuous coverage. I used to live near there....its going to be a bummer going back and seeing nothing but miles of bare ground. It will take 50 years before that reseeds. If it moves much farther north, it will get into the beetle kill and then could likely burn to Wyoming.
     
  11. canebrake

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    Knee-mail inbound for the fire victims and fire fighters.

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  12. W. C. Quantrill

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    It was 112 here yesterday with 20 mph winds gusting to 30. It is already 111 here now at noon.

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  13. W. C. Quantrill

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    The $350 Million that Obama gave to Solyndra, would have purchased 18 new state of the art Bombadier 415 amphibious fire fighting aircraft. But the Government said, we cant afford those.
     
  14. BigByrd47119

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    At first I laughed...then I cried a little.

    Hope things work out alright over there!
     
  15. W. C. Quantrill

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    The Vandenberg Hot Shots are coming in as we speak in a C-17 with support vehicles and all their bag of tricks. That will help.

    More than 100 houses gone now. The fire area is in excess of 15,000 acres now.
     
  16. BigByrd47119

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    I cant even comprehend how big that actually is. What a crying shame, 100 homes huh? I had heard even the sheriff was forced to evacuate his home.
     
  17. W. C. Quantrill

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    AROUND 25 square miles,,,an area about 5 miles by 5 miles now. Yes, the sheriff had to evacuate also.
     
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    At the last briefing about an hour ago, a fire boss said that between 200 and 300 homes are gone.
     
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    KKTV 11 News
    Here's even more statistics just sent out by Colorado Springs: 18,500 acres; 5% containment; 1000 personnel; 500 Sheriff/PD; 27 crews; 73 engines; 3 water tenders; 0 injuries
     
  20. Bigcountry02

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