Waldo Canyon Fire, Colorado Springs
Last night I watched streaming video of the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, about an hour south of Denver. As the cameras rolled, houses began to succumb to the flames — luckily in an area where people had received pre-evacuation notices on Saturday, so they had a little time to prepare and get out. It’s bad enough to see photos of a wildfire out in the wild, as is the case with the High Park fire in the hills west of Fort Collins (Colorado’s northernmost large city), but it feels more threatening when the fires happen so close to large neighborhoods, as in Colorado Springs and the Flagstaff Fire that erupted in Boulder yesterday afternoon. Of course a big “problem” here in Colorado is that people who love to live in beautiful places have built cities right up at the bases of the gorgeous hills, and often right on up into those beautiful valleys. Boulder and Colorado Springs were built at the foot of the mountains because those are spectacular areas! In my twenties living in Boulder, I hiked in the hills near NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, tucked into Boulder’s famous Flatirons. Now that area has been evacuated. Miles of trails through stunning, readily-accessible wilderness are off-limits right now because of the flames. Apparently there are 14 fires in Colorado right now, though some are 100% contained (meaning they aren’t growing larger).
Here’s live streaming coverage from the CBS (I believe) affiliate in the Springs.
Here are some incredible photos from the fire in Colorado Springs.
And some more that my husband found on Reddit.com this morning: