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Pictures of the Fire

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.

posted on Oct 30, 2020 6:24 PM ()


Impressive pics.
comment by jjoohhnn on Oct 31, 2020 7:09 PM ()
Good heavens. I assume you're safe and left when necessary, but just being there to take those photos couldn't have been good for breathing.
comment by drmaus on Oct 31, 2020 11:51 AM ()
Oh my! Please take care and be safe. Prayers for you and yours!
comment by jerms on Oct 31, 2020 7:30 AM ()
You all are in my thoughts and hopes every day. Take best care!
comment by marta on Oct 31, 2020 5:01 AM ()
But with Mother Nature you never know when she will attack--the only way you can be ready 'next time' is to be ready all the time!!
SNOW!!!!! ARGH!!!!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 30, 2020 7:50 PM ()
Just reading your last line!!!
reply by greatmartin on Nov 1, 2020 2:00 PM ()
No, duh! That's how we've lived our lives for the last 30 years up here in the forest - always ready all the time.
reply by traveltales on Oct 30, 2020 10:04 PM ()

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