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Raging Colorado wildfire grows near US Air Force Academy
Reuters ^ | June 25,2012 | Keith Coffman

Posted on 06/25/2012 6:09:58 PM PDT by Hojczyk

An out-of-control wildfire near some of Colorado's most visited tourist sites expanded overnight and kept some 6,000 people from their homes on Monday, as forecasts said winds could push the flames toward the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The fire sent a mushroom cloud of smoke over Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pikes Peak, whose vistas helped inspire the patriotic tune "America the Beautiful." Closer to the blaze, trees were visibly torquing and twisting from the heat.

The Waldo Canyon blaze came as firefighting resources were stretched by the monster High Park blaze northwest of Fort Collins, a university city north of Denver along the state's tinder-dry Front Range.

A dozen fires in total are burning across Colorado, with high temperatures projected to top 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) again on Monday expected to cause "extreme" fire behavior, officials said.

"We're going to be continuing to have to deal with these fires for weeks to come," U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said. "We anticipate it's going to be a long fire season."

The High Park Fire - the second-largest blaze on record in the state and its most destructive - has consumed 83,205 acres in steep canyons since it was sparked by lightning two weeks ago. It is blamed for the death of a 62-year-old grandmother in her mountain cabin and has destroyed 248 homes.

An estimated 4,300 people remain evacuated from their homes as that fire burns through grass, brush and Ponderosa pine.

The Waldo Canyon fire about 80 miles south of Denver had initially prompted the evacuation of 11,000 people on Sunday until residents of the town of Manitou Springs were allowed home, but were told to be ready to leave again on short notice.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coloradofires; usafacademy

1 posted on 06/25/2012 6:10:06 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Unfortunately, when the flames descend on the Academy, those in charge will have to remind all and sundry that prayer is forbidden on that secular government ground.


2 posted on 06/25/2012 6:20:14 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Hojczyk

God is neutral on this fire coming towards the AF academy.


3 posted on 06/25/2012 6:36:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Hojczyk

They should have a gay parade to quell the fire with glitter, rainbows, and music. I’m sure it would generate enough sweat to do the trick! Or better yet, ask all of the illegals, I mean legals, to help, i’m sure they are looking for work now that they are citizens.


4 posted on 06/25/2012 6:56:24 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: Hojczyk

The winds just shifted to the North and the wind speed appeared to pickup. As long as the winds blew East they might have blown the fire to less fuel and extinguished the blaze. With the winds blowing North the fire will find all the fuel it wants as it blows across the front range.


5 posted on 06/25/2012 7:01:09 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: txrefugee
I keep thinking how these fires would not be bad if they could allow controlled fires. I have ZERO sympathies for the states dealing with this because the liberals refuse to allow for controlled fires....this is what you get. However, I seriously pray for those folks who may lose their home, have lost their homes and for goodness sake I hope the fires do not get the Air Force Academy.
6 posted on 06/25/2012 7:13:48 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: txrefugee
Unfortunately, when the flames descend on the Academy, those in charge will have to remind all and sundry that prayer is forbidden on that secular government ground.

Shame since the Chapel is the most iconic building on the campus.

7 posted on 06/25/2012 7:33:27 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: napscoordinator
I have ZERO sympathies for the states dealing with this because the liberals refuse to allow for controlled fires....

I live near this fire, I can easily see the smoke.

CO does do controlled burns, not many, but some.

It's a mixed blessing, controlled fires, as the Forest Service, which doesn't allow anyone with an IQ over 85 to join, conducts these fires.

Just a month or two ago ANOTHER 'controlled burn' was conducted during high wind (up to 95 mph) conditions. Even an idiot could have figured it would burn as much as it did.

8 posted on 06/25/2012 7:52:05 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Hojczyk

Wow, I have family in Colorado springs. Wonder how they are doing. Anybody know just where the fire is...I would like to Google the address of family and compare.


9 posted on 06/25/2012 8:22:37 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: Hojczyk

The Air Force Academy is miles, and miles, from the fire...chances of the fire reaching is extremely slim!


10 posted on 06/25/2012 8:24:02 PM PDT by LiteKeeper ("Who is John Galt?")
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To: txrefugee
Unfortunately, when the flames descend on the Academy, those in charge will have to remind all and sundry that prayer is forbidden on that secular government ground.

Wrong.

Witchcraft may be freely practiced there.

11 posted on 06/25/2012 8:28:22 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35
Wiccan Prayer Circle. The little kids get to play D&D on taxpayer's dime playing "I'm a witch of the Wiccans!" These are you current military officers now.


12 posted on 06/25/2012 8:38:38 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: Hojczyk
You can tell this was Reuters, and not a local source...

It's a good 20 miles from the Academy.

I grew up in the Springs, worked many of the tourist attractions (cog and Cave of the Winds among others) and it flared at 1pm Saturday and just exploded up Waldo Canyon, and has crested into Williams canyon - these are more in a northwest path from Colorado Springs, somewhat parallel to Highway 24 that goes from the Springs to Woodland Park.

If you have ever been to that area...Pikes Peak Highway/cog railroad, Cliff Dwellings Musuem, Cave of the Winds, and the North Pole Amusement/Theme Parks are the best known tourist attractions directly affected. They are all closed, but doesn't look like any of them have suffered damage (it came very close to the Cave of the Winds building), but North Pole would be the most in danger at this time, especially if the fire jumps Highway 24.

13 posted on 06/25/2012 8:39:25 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
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To: LiteKeeper

The Hayman fire raced 12 miles in 1 day. It is extremely dry here. Temps over 100 and humidity around 6%. Hot winds blow hard, over 25 knots. This is the weather fires love.


14 posted on 06/25/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: NorCoGOP

At 1:00 or so Saturday it looked like a little camp fire had gotten out of control with a thin stream of smoke. Within 2 hours it had grown into a much larger fire that seemed to be about 1 mile across and the flames were clearly visible on the ridge line. It is a fire that you can watch grow right before your eyes at a distance. Again, this place is extremely dry right now.


15 posted on 06/25/2012 8:44:11 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: CodeToad
Yeah, we live in Northern Colorado, but were visiting the Springs/family on Saturday, and after lunch at Fargo's, we spotted the small column of smoke that erupted into a huge plume by the time we left around 5pm.

Sad.

16 posted on 06/25/2012 8:48:49 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
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To: Hojczyk

You can thank the enviro-nazis for causing these fires. Until you manage the forests they will continue to burn.

Pray for America


17 posted on 06/25/2012 8:53:04 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: napscoordinator
Some states are waking up, after years of destruction.

A rare display of good news reporting from Tucson: The Rodeo-Chedeski Fire, Ten Years Later

Worst fire in AZ history, started by stupid humans.

18 posted on 06/25/2012 9:42:45 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Hojczyk; TEXOKIE; Cringing Negativism Network

GRAPHIC: Map overlay of wild fires and Agenda 21 exclusion zones.

http://imgur.com/mm1ho


19 posted on 06/25/2012 9:55:51 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: bray
Did you know the fire retardant they air-drop to slow the spread of the fires has fertilizer and Ph balancers in it - to help stimulate re-growth after the fire passes? I learned that today. What a great idea, right?

In the next breath the guy giving the news conference said they are stopping this practice and looking for an alternative due to environmental impacts. What!? Oh, I see. This made far too much sense, so obviously the enviro-whackos want it stopped, so they can b*tch and moan about the destruction and get more money under their control for regeneration etc. Can't have the forest springing back all on it's own quickly after a fire!

Drove by a place that had a grass fire about this time last year. Can't see even a hint of demarcation where it stopped. Bugger off enviro-whackos!

20 posted on 06/25/2012 10:01:19 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Jeremiah Jr; Yehuda; ladyL
The fire sent a mushroom cloud of smoke over Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pikes Peak, whose vistas helped inspire the patriotic tune "America the Beautiful." (pdf)
21 posted on 06/25/2012 10:19:44 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Interesting coinkydink there with nature’s fire goin’ after the Air Force this week while Republicans are going after the Air Force for unconstitutionally oppressing Christians.

The political correctness of the US military puts it in direct opposition to the One soldiers used to pray to for protection in America. Obama has made great change there.


22 posted on 06/25/2012 10:59:01 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: ThunderSleeps

We have fires that burned over 500 sq miles and they won’t let us replant. Environmentalists are killing the forests with the help of our Forest Service and BLM. Give them to the states.

Pray for America


23 posted on 06/26/2012 5:53:53 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Conservative4Ever

If I had family there, I would call or email and ask how they are doing.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 1:26:23 AM PDT by tdscpa
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