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Wildfire! Colorado is Burning. by The Elephant's Child


Authorities edged a little closer to bringing the Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs under control today. This has been a bad one. More than 38,000 people were evacuated at the peak of the fire. It is the worst in the state’s history, has killed two people, and destroyed 419 homes so far, with another 15 partially destroyed.

Today they had some cloud cover and some rain that helped. The fire has raged mostly uncontrolled for days with a burn zone that covered nearly 25 square miles. But it is only one of three major fires burning in Colorado. The Black Forest fire is now the most destructive on record in the state.  The fire was likely human-caused, but they have not yet found whether it was arson or carelessness.

Here is a slide show that shows some of the damage., in what was a nice neighborhood in the woods. A forecast for windy weather had authorities worried. A separate wildfire in the state, the Royal Gorge fire,3,216 acres, shut down the historic Royal Gorge Bridge, and 900 inmates had to be evacuated from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility.

The Big Meadows fire in Rocky Mountain National Park was reported to have spread over 353 acres by late Thursday. That fire is in a remote area and did not threaten homes or communities, and is 30 percent contained.

The Rifle Gap fire is 40 acres and hikers and campers have been evacuated. The Klikus Fire, 42 acres, is 100% contained, and the Bergen Rock fire in Douglas County is also 100% contained.

We’ve had Superstorm Sandy, where they are still cleaning up and will be for a long time yet. Moore, Oklahoma and other areas in Oklahoma, wiped out by tornadoes, and now raging wildfire.  Reminds you of the awesome power of Mother Nature. I hope all the families have shelter. Hard loss.


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