Today: Record high of 102° (the average is 85°)
- Waldo Canyon Fire: 11,000 people (all of Manitou Springs) evacuated, estimated 300 acres burning, 400 firefighters on scene, Colorado Springs. UPDATE: Colorado Springs Proper evacuated tonight, Historic Flying W Ranch burned to the ground, homes are on fire. 346 homes burned to the ground, grown to 18,500 acres thus far.
- Weber Fire: 7,500 acres, 100 homes evacuated
- Little Sand Fire: 19,566 acres, 31% containment, been burning since May 13th!
- High Park Fire: 82,000 acres, 85% containment
- Woodland Heights Fire (Estes Park): 20 acres, 75% containment
- CR102 Fire: 600 acres, 90% containment
- Springer Fire: 1,145 acres, 100% containment
- Sunrise Mine Fire: 3,000 acres
- State Line Fire: 350 acres, 15% containment
- Trout Creek Fire: in Pike National Forest, 20 acres
- New Treasure Fire: 300 acres, 5% containment
- Weber Canyon Fire: As of 10 p.m. tonight, this makes the 12th fire!
- Flagstaff Fire: Boulder, 300 acres burned, 30% containment, pre-evacuation ordered
- Pine Ridge Fire: Near Eagle, I-70 closed, 4 acres
Hot and dry conditions are making fighting these fires difficult. And, to make matters worse, there is no significant rain in the forecast to lend a helping hand. The residents in Manitou Springs got the evacuation call at 1 a.m. this morning. Can you imagine getting that call when you are fast asleep? What possessions would you choose to grab?
These fires are hard on our sinuses. The smoke from the fires located north and south of Denver make it hard to see the mountains. There is a state-wide personal fireworks ban. (I hope my neighbors are paying attention to that ban.) It looks to be a very long fire season.
All we can do is pray for help. Almighty kind of help.