Governor Bill Owens said these words back in 2002 when the Hayman fire was going on. We don't have any fires that are quite as bad the Hayman but we do have multiple, serious fires going on right now. A couple days ago we had one about 20 miles west of Woodland Park but it was contained pretty quickly. This morning Heather and I went for a hike with the dogs and saw this when we were heading back to the car. This is taken just above Woodland Park and our home. We did not see it when we started the hike.
This is at the bottom of Bluebird Hill leaving Woodland Park and heading to the next town of Divide which is where I thought the fire looked like it was.
Once we made it to Divide we could see it was more likely out in Florissant. As of these pics, this fire has been burning for about 6 hours now and is already 200+ acres with no containment. It is extremely dry out here right now. I fear that this fire will be very bad. There is a lot of remote country in the area and A LOT of beetle killed trees out there that are just big match sticks waiting to go up.
It's one thing to see pictures of fires like Hayman or the High Park fire up in FOCO right now but it's another thing entirely to see it with your own eyes. It's heading our way so I'm hoping crews can get it under control. I'll be keeping an eye on this one and seeing if there is any volunteer work that needs to be done (volunteers are cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry for the crews up north). The sound of planes, choppers, and sirens running over and through town right now is silly. Evacuations are already starting on the far west side of our county.