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Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Jan 20, 2012.
OMG I've been there. Wow.
Confirmed, the Flying W Ranch restaurant is gone
That looks awfully close to the Air Force Academy.
Air Force Academy is being evacuated to the Army base.
Flying W had been there since the 1950's. I ate there about 5 years ago. It was very nice. Been watching the houses burning for several hours now on KTVD, KUSA and the KKTV webcast. I wonder how many will have been lost.
Just when you think something might get better, from the Colorado Springs Gazette:
EDIT: The Gazette has an interesting "green edition" current accessible for free here.
We visited Colorado Springs just a couple weeks ago. Terrible to see what is going on now.
What I have heard, most of the Federal resources in California have been sent. Beyond that there's not much left to be sent, CalFire has been discussed but they are afraid if they send extra resources before the 4th of July it could deplete California to a dangerously low level if/when anything happens.
I am not sure who CO shares resources with on a regular basis, usually surrounding states have programs in place to send in FFs or other rescources as need when the State Gov't requests them.
Thoughts go out to those in CO that have been evacuated, looking at the pictures it reminds me of the Oakland Hills, Angora, and Orange County fires seeing the homes go up so quickly.
Here is an updated map The red is the fire, blue is evacuated, and yellow is under a pre-evacuation order
Here's an interesting update from the Air Force Space Command:
This is definitely not the image of your subdivision you want to see:
The Gazette headline says 200-300 homes lost from the Waldo Fire. A late night wrap up article by CBS says:
The Colorado Springs Gazette has a lot of photos. The page with the links is here on the left side.
Denver Post article on Flying W Ranch. Houses destroyed in Colorado Springs is 349.
New fire in Western Colorado. I70 is shut down near Grand Junction.
What isn't being said in the headlines is these facts spaced a few lines apart in the Reuters evening summary article:
That's 603 for just those two fires. I know in 2012 there's been more destructive wildfires in Colorado and other states along the Rockies. The number of lost homes and other structures, not to mention watershed damage and firefighter injuries and deaths, is pretty significant.
Here is a map of the lost homes in Colorado Springs. It is amazing how many they were able to save.
The report this morning is the fire is 55% contained, if I understood correctly all evacuees except for the ones in the burnt subdivision have been allowed to return home
Well, there's not been structural loss yet, but fire season has arrived in our part of the world, just much later than usual. The news story is Mendocino National Forest fires burn 20,000 acres. Here's an early evening weather satellite picture (at 1 km) showing the smoke clearly (the arrow points to it):
I suspect they will completely contain it soon.
This from my son in Afghanistan who has friends and ex in-laws in Colorado Springs, and whose daughter's outdoor wedding in Mid-June was held in nearby Westcliffe:
He writes, "Unbelievable photographs (79 of them) taken during last month's fires around Springs. The sheer devastation was amazing, an inferno of biblical proportions..."
Those are some photos.
In our area, I guess I was too optimistic. We are getting a lot of smoke. From our local newspaper's update: