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Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Jan 22, 2013.
Since tornadoes were getting the disaster coverage, I didn't post here. But I thought I should note in passig that the Powerhouse Fire in Southern California is nearing full containment and a survey by ground crews has reported that 24 homes such as teh one shown below were destroyed and 29 other structures were severely damaged or destroyed.
There were some pretty impressing images of this fire:
This is looking like a Clint Eastwood movie, where it goes on until he runs out of people to shoot. How much longer before we run out of trees?
It is still extremely dangerous work to fight wildfires.
I should note today's headline Colorado wildfires destroy homes, prompt prison evacuation:
Sitting in the Colorado Springs airport right now waiting for our flight back to Houston. Smoke from the Black Forest fire clearly visible through the windows. Not quite as black as yesterday. Saturday night we took a dinner train through the Royal Gorge where another fire is now burning. Very sad.
[O/T] Could you please tell more about the train ride? (origin, length of time, name of company, or weblink if you're feeling over burdened!) Most important: your recommendation or not....
Now I am getting a little nervous
2:32 p.m.: Elbert County began issuing mandatory evacuation orders as the Black Forest fire raged out of control, racing north toward Douglas and Elbert countites.
The area of southern Elbert County under evacuation is bounded by County Road 106 on north and North Elbert Road on the east according to the Elbert County Sheriff's Office
That is only about 8 miles south of me
OMG, that sounds very serious. Best of luck, and please let us know when you're clear of danger.
Thank you. I should have asked only for comments and personal evaluation.
I've done the Cumbres Y Toltec narrow guage run along the CO-NM border, and that was one terrific ride.
Yes the dinner
SayWhat is correct on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. My wife and I enjoyed it a lot. A year ago we had visited the Royal Gorge Bridge so it was pretty cool to see it from the other side. Food was OK. Educational as well as the server shared some of the history of the railroad.
Edit to add: Our trip was 3 hours.
I appreciate the concern, but while I am not out of danger it has greatly diminished. The winds have died down and shifted to the SE which obviously pushes the fire to the NW, I am NE of the fire. Colorado Springs has been getting incredible support from the military based in the area,
It made my day as I was heading home and I got out of the smoke and could see the plume being pushed to the west
While I cant say I am out of danger until the fire is 100% contained, I fee pretty good now. Rain came through the fire area this afternoon which helped a lot. The fire is now officially 30% contained and Elbert county where I live has cancelled all evacuation orders except for the far southwest corner. ElPaso county has also pulled in the evacuation areas. That is the good news, now for the bad news. Over 400 homes destroyed, this far surpasses last years Waldo Canyon fire as the most destructive fire in state history. 2 people were killed, this has turned the investigation into a homicide investigation as the fire has been determined to be man made. Whether it was accidental or deliberate is unknown at this point.
I hope all is well for you today.
Its just been reported that 19 firefighters have been killed fighting a forest fire in Yarnell, AZ.
More here > http://www.kpho.com/
Oh, lordy, that is terrible. I can't imagine a worse death, and for men and women who are giving their best to save our resources.
That is a really awful and sad occurrence. azcentral.com has the story plus a lot on the fire including video. Obviously it's a fast moving fire:
Once in a while I have to post a headline that describes what's happening: 'Extreme fire behavior': 34 wildfires rage across 11 states:
When I first started these annual threads, most of the structural damage headlines focused on Southern California with a few wildfires each year causing serious losses elsewhere. It was unusual in mid-August to see a CalFire fire map that indicated this few major active wildfires...
...and a national map indicating this many large active wildfires was also unusual...
While I know I could wake up tomorrow to an evacuation order living in the redwood forest like we do, this situation is sad for many who don't weigh the real risk when making the choice of living in the woods.