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Checking on western fires - pix added

I am sure there are some folks wondering if the fires out west are close to where they have a hunt planned for this fall. Here are a couple of links that you can use to keep an eye on things. They provide locations, size, containment %, etc of current wildfires.

http://inciweb.org/ (this one has a lot detail)

http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/lg_fire2.php#

I attended a Div of Wildlife meeting in Colorado Springs last night and it was a sight I will never forget. All was fine there, as far as property damage goes, until evening when the wind direction changed and hit 65 mph and then things got crazy. The black smoke, soot, winds, haze and flames are hard to describe.

I live 30 miles south of the fire and our town has gotten 2 inches of rain all year. The reality is that there will be many more fires this year. We get late afternoon lighting storms with little to no rain which is the perfect recipe for more fires.

In the long haul, the fires will prove beneficial for wildlife. Unfortunately now is the time when fawns and calves are still young so no doubt there will be some mortality. Worse yet is the fact that many people have lost their homes and other valuables in these fires.

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Thanks for the information and stay safe out there!

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Here are some pix I snapped with the cell phone as I was leaving Colorado Springs last evening. The fire is just starting to crest the hill in the background.







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In the long haul, the fires will prove beneficial for wildlife.
Hit it right on the head there. With all the beetle damage and blow downs, these fires will help a lot. Mother Nature just cleansing herself once again.

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I have an Uncle in Colorado Springs that had to evacuate because of the Waldo Canyon fire. Most of the Air Force Academy was evacuated as well.

The problem is that I don't know what I don't know.
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In the long haul, the fires will prove beneficial for wildlife.
Hit it right on the head there. With all the beetle damage and blow downs, these fires will help a lot. Mother Nature just cleansing herself once again.
But what is the answer to the beetle problem?
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Apparently a good fire every 10-20yrs

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Apparently a good fire every 10-20yrs
Sorry, wish it was that easy. Basically, it a global warming argument. Milder, shorter winters have resulted in a lower beetle kill year to year resulting in a population explosion that is taking it's toll on the pines. Effecting grizzly bears too since the pine nut is a large source of their summer diet and caloric intake.

Keeping an eye on the fires as well since I am headed out that way in the fall. Colorado is a big state in relation to the size of the wildfires.
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The beetle kill issue is very real out here. No doubt fire is the quickest way to wipe the slate clean and start anew.
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Re: Checking on western fires - pix added

Larry,

Thank you for the update and the websites. I believe you are absolutely correct - with the sparse rains - it's going to be nip and tuck out west this summer and fall.

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