It was close to us and the air turned blood read from the smoke filtering all but the red spectrum out of the sunlight.
This is Estes Park during the evacuation - 15,000 people. This was taken at 2 pm - looks like the middle of the night.
We were under it, in the dark.
We had warm, windy day Friday and Saturday and the fires were on the move, but Sunday it snow 15 - 24 inches on the fire and a foot at our house. The temperatures plummeted to minus 9 overnight Sunday night.
The snow slowed down the fires, but won't put them out - there is still fire smoldering under logs covered with snow. It's too cold for the firefighters to do anything much - their equipment freezes up and the roads are either deep in snow or icy. It's not a matter of them. The weather is warming up again, record warm temperatures in the forecast, so the snow will go away, the wind will come up, and we might have another round of evacuations. Meanwhile, everyone's glad to have some time at home.
One of the really good things is the high level of communication from the fire managers - twice daily Facbook Live/YouTube updates and additional scenery and behind the scenes videos.
We always knew there is a risk of wildfire around here, and now it finally arrived. We've learned a lot, and will spend quite a bit of time next summer getting ready for the next one.