Saturday, June 09, 2012
While walking this morning at 8 am on a road near our cabin in Northern Colorado, I smelled smoke and then saw a small funnel of smoke up ahead of me. While radoing for DH to call the fire in, I saw the Sheriff who lives down the road. He was on an ATV and was riding up to investigate what was going on. He said he had called it in and that the fire department was on its way.The deputy said it was between 1 and 3 acres at that time.
The first picture is what it looked like from our cabin at 9 am.
We watched the progress of the fire from the cabin.
The fire department was right at the bottom of our property. There were 4 fire trucks and some sheriff deputies there for about 4 hours. They said we didn't need to evacuate but to be alert.
At 1pm the sheriff's deputy said the wind was fueling the fire and although there wasn't a mandatory evacuation, he recommended leaving. We were gone by 2pm and home by 3:30pm.
I've included 2 pictures we took on the drive home.
At 4pm we saw a report in the Denver Post online saying the fire had grown to 2000 acres. Wow! I'm sure glad it didn't happen the weekend of May 18th when I had my annual Girl's Weekend fo my Birthday!
So far ...no property damage or injuries.
Update 8 am Sun 6/10/12
Fire up to 10,000 acres, moved north east of us, 18 structures damaged, no report of injuries.