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Re: High Park fire

Postby tmathews » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:28 am

We have a hella lot of smoke from the fire all the way down here in the Springs this morning. The smell is really heavy in the air and I can't even see Pikes Peak from my place. :wft:

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Re: High Park fire

Postby Waggs » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:45 am

tmathews wrote:We have a hella lot of smoke from the fire all the way down here in the Springs this morning. The smell is really heavy in the air and I can't even see Pikes Peak from my place. :wft:


Yep. Was noticing the same (from north end of COS).

http://wxug.us/pd2d

Our smoke might be from a fire burning east of Durango

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Re: High Park fire

Postby tmathews » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:46 am

Waggs wrote:
tmathews wrote:We have a hella lot of smoke from the fire all the way down here in the Springs this morning. The smell is really heavy in the air and I can't even see Pikes Peak from my place. :wft:


Yep. Was noticing the same (from north end of COS).

http://wxug.us/pd2d

Our smoke might be from a fire burning east of Durango

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CSFD said that it's from the High Park Fire on their twitter feed.

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Re: High Park fire

Postby Presto » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:48 am

I can smell it in Denver this morning (and much haze too). Wind is out of the north/northeast currently (so for us, it is definitely coming from this fire) ... wind is supposed to switch to out of the south by this afternoon so some of that should dissipate by later today.
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Re: High Park fire

Postby Dave B » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:22 am

Took a jog up at Reservoir Ridge this morning after being out of town for the past three days. I was shocked to see pretty much everything from the northern end of Horsetooth all the way up to Greyrock torched. It looked like they definitely have the eastern edge maintained though as there was a single helicopter dumping water in a small canyon area directly above some houses. While there were still some isolated patches of green canopy remaining, it was a pretty dismal site.

On the other hand though, there wasn't a whole lot of visible smoke from actively burning areas and the wind had already switched around to the SSE. It looks from LCSAR maps that most of the active area is now on the western side.
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Re: High Park fire

Postby kushrocks » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:26 pm

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Re: High Park fire

Postby George James » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:02 pm

A couple really nice map resources:

Nice compliation of data by Brendan Heberton on GeoCommons: http://geocommons.com/maps/176979

Colorado Wildfire Viewer by Data Transfer Solutions: http://co.dtswildfire.com/

That second one is rather impressive. Click on the Wildfire Viewer link at the top of the page and it opens up a more comprehensive viewer that's almost got too much information to handle.
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Re: High Park fire

Postby RyanSchilling » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:55 pm

kushrocks wrote:Looks like the heavy smoke from the high park fire which has already entered Denver and Colorado Springs is almost to pueblo.

http://www.wunderground.com/auto/preview/wundermap/?lat=37.68382&lon=-121.70654&zoom=6&type=ter&rad=0&wxsn=0&svr=0&cams=0&sat=0&mm=0&riv=0&hur=0&fire=1&fire.sat=1&fire.smk=1&fire.day=7&fire.hrmin=0&fire.hrmax=24


The satellite detected fires on the map illustrate how this thing is pushing west pretty aggressively. Not good news :( :(

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Re: High Park fire

Postby Dave B » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:19 pm

George James wrote:...That second one is rather impressive....


Yes it is! Thanks for the link George.
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Re: High Park fire

Postby mike offerman » Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:32 pm

I can currently see that the fire is basically at the top of East White Pine. I would have never guessed that the fire would be able to travel 4 miles to the West!

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