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I've never been this close to a wildfire ...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Matt Stephens, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    When I moved back to Colorado last week, I was excited because -- aside from the new job -- this was the exact view from new home's balcony (minus the HDR effect):


    Back in the Rocky Mountains and I love it. However, there comes a negative with all of this. Since being here, there have been three or four wildfires "near" town (one was a smaller fire 40 miles away) in the mountains, but today it's blazing around the lake just on the other side of the foothill behind my house. Turn a little bit to the right from that first picture, and here is the incredible view from my balcony today:


    Also streaming some video on our site from my house (call it a plug, whatever, it's scary as all hell): http://www.coloradoan.com/interactive/article/20120609/UPDATES01/120609001/Live-stream-High-Park-Fire-from-west-Fort-Collins

    Just asking for prayers. Not necessarily for me, I don't think it will reach my place with the current winds, but for all of those in its path. A lot of homes in that area were evacuated.
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  2. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    I had this when I was working at the ranch in Wyoming. It's scary.

    Are you ready to evacuate?
  3. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    If it comes to it, yes. God, please don't let that be the case.
  4. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Best of luck tonight man...I'm from a wildfire area myself (the Upper Peninsula of Michigan)....and it sucks to have to worry about that crap.
  5. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    Ugh. I was on an overnight business trip to Orlando years ago when there were wildfires all around. Our flight in got delayed because the smoke affected visibility. I was out to dinner with a big group of people and asked one of the locals how far away the fire was. I expected him to say it was at least 15 miles away, but instead, he said "oh, about a mile from here." Yikes. I got almost no sleep that night because I kept expecting the hotel to be evacuated.

    Good luck, Matt.
  6. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Thanks, guys. Sadly, no containment yet and it's up to 3,000 acres.

    The silver lining? I get to test out CS5's Photomerge utility, blending pictures to make a panoramic:

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  7. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    How many pics is that taken from?
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  8. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    That's Fort Collins isn't it? Recognize the football stadium and the big A on the side of the hill from when I visited there.

    What is the A for anyway? Aggies? Isn't that Colorado State's old nickname?

    Anyway, I hope everything turns out OK. Love Colorado and Fort Collins in particular.
  10. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    Yeesh, good luck. Living in the high desert of southern Idaho, wildfires are a scary part of life. I've gotten a bit too close for comfort at least once while covering a fire. As in less than 50 yards. Yes, I'm a moron.
  11. SoCalScribe

    SoCalScribe Member

    Pay close attention to respiratory issues and infections.
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Which cities are getting hit the hardest?
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