While a horrendous wildfire has been burning in Australia, several small ones have already occurred in parts of the U.S. But perhaps the most curious news story has been the Fern Lake fire three miles away from Estes Park, Colorado, in the Rocky Mountain National Park, a fire that started in October and continues to smolder under several inches of snow in the bitter cold. (You can Google a story on it.) So I thought I'd start the 2013 wildfire thread with more than a small amount of fear and trepidation, knowing that on Sunday there was this story Firefighters contain 80-acre wildfire northwest of Fort Collins with this picture: Meanwhile a Jacksonville Florida TV station offers this story Dry cold and winds bring more wildfire risk Here in California CalFire's twitter feed shows only a Union Pacific freight train derailment with no fire near Colfax. Hopefully they'll continue to show no wildfires.