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    The Waldo Canyon Fire Thread

    We need a thread dedicated to JUST the fire.

    KKTV has a great live-streaming video.

    I've not been evacuated, but I'm only a couple hundred yards away from the edge of the current mandatory evacuation area.
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. Together, they protect the rest of our Bill of Rights and our United States Constitution, and help We the People protect ourselves in the spirit of our Declaration of Independence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    I've not been evacuated, but I'm only a couple hundred yards away from the edge of the current mandatory evacuation area.
    Surely, you have a good rifle that can make it retreat, right?

    Seriously though, are you ready to bug?

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    Howdy Folks!
    I have another thread on the fire, with photos I took yesterday!

    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...do-Canyon-Fire!

    I got early shots when the fire was first getting noticed.
    Now it ain't all that hard to notice!

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    Here's a time lapse from someone's weather camera that captured the start of the blaze (watch to the far right, above the house):

    Waldo Canyon blaze starts, June 23rd time lapse

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    Do you need help gettin out ?? I have a couple of trailers I can be there in a short time to help you if ya need it. let me know

    I'll pm my phone call if I can help

    Charlie

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    Thanks, Charlie - I appreciate it!

    No, we're good for now. Although I'm now just 300' from the edge of the mandatory evacuation zone, it's across Centennial, which is a four lane divided... street. Somewhere I read long ago that it was specifically designed as a fire break. If the front ever does come this close, there are hundreds of hydrants from which the pumpers can draw to douse it to keep it from jumping the street.

    If I do bug out it'll be due to smoke. I have relatives in town, including friends East of town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    Thanks, Charlie - I appreciate it!

    No, we're good for now. Although I'm now just 300' from the edge of the mandatory evacuation zone, it's across Centennial, which is a four lane divided... street. Somewhere I read long ago that it was specifically designed as a fire break. If the front ever does come this close, there are hundreds of hydrants from which the pumpers can draw to douse it to keep it from jumping the street.

    If I do bug out it'll be due to smoke. I have relatives in town, including friends East of town.
    If you need to go way east, you are welcome out here..

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    So this fire brings up memories. Maybe 10 or more years ago there was a battle over Waldo Canyon. A mine owned the property (or property visible from Waldo Canyon -- my memory isn't what it used to be) and wanted to start, well, mining. Strip mining to be exact.

    The protests erupted and in the end property rights lost and the strip mine was not allowed to be built, rendering the mine's investment in the property worthless.

    Which brings me back to a bumper sticker I saw even MORE years ago (popular, though unsanctioned by the school) that said:

    Strip mining prevents forest fires
    School of Mines

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    Quote Originally Posted by O2HeN2 View Post
    Strip mining prevents forest fires
    School of Mines
    Yeah, and castration prevents masturbation. Lots of choices in this world it appears.

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    For the sarcastically impaired (see above), I don't like strip mines, but I don't like violation of property rights even more. Jeez.

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    When seconds count, the police are mere minutes away...
    They'll never take your "hunting rifle", they'll call it a "sniper rifle" first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by O2HeN2 View Post
    For the sarcastically impaired (see above), I don't like strip mines, but I don't like violation of property rights even more. Jeez.

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    I was being facetious as well. I'm not endorsing castration, I like property rights, don't like strip mines, and am a fan of, well, we'll just stop there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellum_Intus View Post
    If you need to go way east, you are welcome out here..

    --Rob
    I appreciate your offer, Rob -- Thank you very much! Between several relatives living in four other homes here in town, though, I think I'm ok. If the Yellowstone caldera erupts and wipes them out, though, I might take you up your offer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    I appreciate your offer, Rob -- Thank you very much! Between several relatives living in four other homes here in town, though, I think I'm ok. If the Yellowstone caldera erupts and wipes them out, though, I might take you up your offer!
    Lol!! If Yellowstone erupts, my house is gonna be a busy place..!
    And... anytime... =)


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    FYI - Northern portion of Mountain Shadows and Peregrine neighborhoods just put on pre-evac. 30min visit to S. Mountain Shadows revoked.

    I can see the C-130's dropping slurry just west of the scar from my home office window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnScotsman View Post
    FYI - Northern portion of Mountain Shadows and Peregrine neighborhoods just put on pre-evac. 30min visit to S. Mountain Shadows revoked.

    I can see the C-130's dropping slurry just west of the scar from my home office window.
    Its much worse now.. If you are on the north side, please be safe..
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    Oh god..

    Woodmen and I25 now on mandatory evacuation..

    If any of you need help, and are still online, you can come out here.. just hit me here, on FB or whereever..

    --Rob
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    Looks like we lost the Flying W Ranch...

    The entire NW side of Colorado Springs now on mandatroy evacuation.
    GoG and Centennial now on fire..

    ANYone needing a place to go, I am 45 mile east of Colorado Springs..

    Be safe .. please..

    --Rob

    City wide - PD / EL Paso Sheriffs office asking people not to use cell phones.. this is serious..
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    911..

    We're losing the NW side of Colorado Springs..
    Mountain Shadows is now on fire..

    Offer still out there.. ANYONE online needing a place.. please call me

    --Rob
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    Praying for all those down south of me that have to evacuate.

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    Howdy Folks!
    This has become a fire storm "of epic proportions" according to officials on the scene. Homes are being destroyed and whole subdivisions evacuated.

    My offer to volunteer has not been answered but I want to help in some capacity.

    What I can do is offer my home as a refuge if somebody needs a place to hole up.

    If you need help, contact me by p.m. with your phone number and we will help in any way within our ability.

    Blessings,
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    I hear ya MT..

    I am only an applicant with the Rangers, and they are heading up to Monument and .. I CANT do anything because I'm not sworn yet.. Growl..
    I've opened up my home as well..

    And if you are watching the news, those firefighters are AMAZING..

    --Rob
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    Red Cross is taking untrained volunteers.

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    Without being involved directly with this fire I was about as close to it as anyone...on my way home from work this evening I just KNEW that something bad was indeed happening, when I got home my g/f met me at the door telling me that multiple structures were burning...and it got worse from there. We live directly east of the conflagration by a mere couple miles...the smoke was damn thick and dark. Being a former firefighter it was hard to me to follow along with everything that was happening...but im still rehabbing a busted leg and broken pelvis from a bad accident a couple months ago so i could not have helped much anyway.

    I was listening to the online feeds of the emergency scanners and facebooking with friends, keeping up to speed on everything and watching the news....im only now beginning to catch up with the rest of my world.
    One day your life is going to flash before your eyes, make it worth watching.

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    PS I know this stuff (the thread) is WAY off topic, I ask that the moderators allow it to stay.. this is devastating to us here in the Springs..


    THIS.. makes me sad..
    From the FWR website..
    it's gone..

    It's a sad day for the Flying W Ranch. With much sadness we have to report that the Flying W Ranch as well as several homes in the Mountain Shadows area has infact been burned to the ground. We ask that in this sad time that you remember the Flying W and the Wolfe family who has owned and operated the Flying W Ranch since 1953.

    If you have made an online reservation or a deposit your money will be refunded at a later date when we have had a chance to gather our thoughts. We ask that you pray for all the families within the area and asure you we will rebuild.

    All Our Love,

    Flying W Ranch Management, Staff and especially Ownership
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    suddenly i think i need to go donate blood tomorrow.

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