We are by Wellington and are okay, about 8 miles east from fire. Very heavy smoke depending on wind. John is in Masonville, south of the fire. So far, that area is okay. First row of foothills north of Fort Collins. It's very scary and one is very helpless. We, too, could take dogs. Already have a friend's German Shepherd when they evacuated yesterday. They've called in the big guns, so hopefully things will start to look up.
First I'd like to say thank you to all who have offered help and shelter for my family and animals. I've been humbled by the generosity of my friends. Second, We are right on the edge of the evacuation area, the fires seem to be ~5 miles from my house but evacuations have been as close as 2 miles. Seems like everything from Masonville NW up the Buckhorn and NE towards inlet bay have been evacuated. The problem is the limited escape routes and with the fire moving quickly I expect the authorities don't want to wait til the last minute to get everyone out. We are packed and ready to go. Today was better as the winds blew the smoke and fire away from us. Prayers for those affected, I have friends well within the burn areas and I don't know if their houses survived. Thanks again for the offers of help. As of the moment we are ok.
DENVER - It wasn't that long ago when a 10,000-acre forest fire would have been considered monstrous in the state of Colorado. Now, it wouldn't even get into the top ten of most destructive fires in the state's history.
"I think we are entering a new era of fires," CSU Professor Emeritus Bill Romme explained on Monday. Romme is a professor in fire ecology and studied the 2002 Hayman Fire extensively. "I think we've got a very serious problem on our hands and more fire in our future."
Romme believes a changing climate has a lot to do with it. "The (fire) upsurge is very closely related to the climactic conditions during that time," he said. "The summers have been noticeably warmer. The snow has been melting out earlier in the spring."
Even climate change deniers would have a hard time denying that fires appear to be getting much larger in the state. Of the ten largest fires in the state's history, only one hasn't occurred in the last decade.
The Hayman Fire of 2002 remains the largest wildfire in the state's history. It burned more than 137,000 acres. In fact, on one day, the Hayman Fire burned more than 60,000 acres and raced more than 17 miles.
"Here in Colorado that was a wakeup call for a number of communities," said Steve Segin, public information officer with the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center.
Segin said forest management has a lot to do with the situation. "Historically a fire would start and it would burn out just the undergrowth. It would be a lower intensity," he said. But a century's worth of fire suppression tactics done throughout the west has created densely-packed forests ripe for fast-moving fires. "It has created unhealthy forest conditions," he said.
If you all get a chance, and have some extra hay, they could use it at the Budwiser center, they have alot of horses, and farm animals there and we were there taking some dog food to them, and it didnt look like alot of hay was there, there are over 100 horses there,
Joe if you could just pray that the smoke goes away, that would be great too, it is really bad out here, I cant imagine what it is like in Ft Collins,
Once there download the last of the KML links listed below the map: AFM KML Bundle: Current
Click on the downloaded kml file in your download folder to launch it in Google Earth. Takes a minute or two for map data to load.
When you see map populate with data zoom into Ft Collins or the Front Range.
We just got the news today that my cousin and his wife lost their home and everything they have worked so hard to build. We are all glad they are safe but I feel so bad for them and that I live so far away and cannot really help them. Things like this make you really look around and appreciate what you have and that it can be gone in the blink of an eye.