Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hot weather, hot fires

It's been hot, hot, hot in Colorado. Over 100 degrees every day for the past 6 days. We were complaining about not being able to keep our gardens watered enough but the magnitude of the fires that have exploded from high winds, hot temps, and no moisture has overshadowed mere garden troubles. Tonight, the fire west of Colorado Springs has jumped into the city and is burning homes within neighborhoods. The Air Force Academy has been evacuated; and 32,000 more people evacuated from their homes, some of which are burning now. These shots are from Fox 31 News in Denver.

Colorado Springs is about an hour south of my house. My nephew and his wife are on alert for evacuation.

To the north of us is Flagstaff Mountain. My son and his wife were married up there 12 years ago. It's on fire today too. Heavy winds and a thunder storm (no rain) flared up with many lightning strikes. This is the result of one of those strikes.

There are so many wildfires in Colorado it's hard to keep track of them all. Everyone knows someone affected and its hard to find an area where there isn't smoke or ash or flames. Hot weather, indeed.