Friday, June 14, 2013


The Denver Channel


Almost a year from the date of the Waldo Canyon fire, Colorado is burning again.  The Black Forest fire has burned about 16000 acres and some 360 homes and is only 5% contained.  Close to 40,000 people have been evacuated from northern Colorado Springs and Black Forest in an area of about 64 square miles. 

Rich Harvey, who was the incident commander during the Waldo Canyon fire has returned and taken over as the Black Forest fire incident commander.

The 302nd Airlift Wing is based here in Colorado Springs is home to the Modular Airborne Firefighting System equipped C-130s which was activated in record time and is busy defending its home turf.

As well as civilian firefighting forces, that's a DC-10 below

Yesterday you could smell the smoke from my house, some 20 miles away from the fire. It's only June,  we're in extreme to exceptional drought conditions, and it looks like it may turn into a long hot summer.

But to end on a lighter note... yes, that's a baby deer in his arms.


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