Skip to comments.32K ordered to flee as Colorado blaze doubles in size; Air Force Academy partially closed
Posted on 06/27/2012 8:53:05 AM PDT by wk4bush2004
(CBS/AP) WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped firefighters' perimeter lines and doubled in size in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 9,000 residents, destroying an unknown number of homes and partially closing the grounds of the sprawling U.S. Air Force Academy.
Heavy smoke and ash billowed from the mountain foothills west of the city. Bright yellow and orange flames flared in the night, often signaling another home lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire, the No. 1 priority for the nation's firefighters.
Interstate 25, which runs through Colorado Springs, was briefly closed to southbound traffic Tuesday. All told, officials said, evacuation orders affected as many as 32,000 residents. Fire information officer Rob Dyerberg said Wednesday the fire grew by more than 12 ½ square miles late Tuesday to 24 square miles.
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Wildfire In GOP Libertarian Bastion Colorado Springs
I violently object to way these tragic blazes are referred to as “wildfires.” These look to be intentionally set, but nobody wants to say or do anything meaningful about it.
“Feel the love from Democratic underground”
Ok, now that just makes me sick to my stomach....
Colorado better begin “controlled fires” again....see what happens when you have wacky environmentalists try to tell you what is right....Hopefully this will teach Colorado and other states a valuable lesson. Of course, that is doubtful since they will probably say “Well after it is all said and done, it wasn’t that bad”....stupid liberals!!!!
Sounds like FREEPERS on SOME threads when talking about liberals.....Politics are the same but just opposite sides of the spectrum. I guess the people in Colorado voted to cut the firefighters and now there are not enough.....I do believe those extra firefighters that they cut would probably be pretty helpful about now.
Thank God that no eagles eggs were affected by DDT 15 or 20 years back when this all started.
Can you imagine the extent of the horror the environazis were able to stop.
This fire is the result, but it’s a small price to pay.
Written from my home, which is just outside the pre-evacuation zone. We’re packed and ready to go at moments notice.
I keep reminding myself, thin eagle eggs, or my home, which to chose, which to chose?
I noticed, much to my astonishment, some of the follow-on comments were rather sympathetic. An amazing development for the DU crowd.
I do expect — once all the fires are put out — for Air Force One to fly into Colorado Springs and belch out Obama, who will oh-so-heroically show himself to the weary subjects and pronounce “We Will Rebuild!!”
Forest Service lawsuits from by environmentalists brought on part of this no road building, no logging, no thinning of small trees, no harvest of pine beetle killed trees. And after the fires no salvage of burned trees leaving them there to accumulate until the next hot, dry season occurs. Romney could argue healthy forests would prevent these disasters, irrespective of whether he believes the cause was drought caused by us nasty industrialized humans.
Wasn't there some jihadi website calling for range fires to be deliberately set this summer across the western US? I thought I remembered reading that. Funny, nobody's talking about that, now.
Colorado already does controlled burns. One of them up north wasn't put out and flared into a wildfire. No fault of the state however. Same situation for an individual and he would be buried beneath the jail.
Hopefully this will teach Colorado and other states a valuable lesson.
It hasn't taught dumbasses like you anything, it will have no effect on our libs either.
I was in this area last year cutting Christmas trees. Not overgrown, little brush, it is just very dry and hot here and even without fire the winds in the summer can be monstrous.
Good luck. I will pray for your home and family to be safe.
Dumbasses like me???? HAHA....I am not the one stupid enough to be going through these fires and voting to cut firefighters.....Complete idiots like you would be going through this rightfully so.
The Forest Service is the agency that is responsible for training and coordinating firefighters from all over the country to fight those fire. A wildland firefighter can come from any place in the US as long as they’ve been certified and have signed up.
Thanks, we have an interstate, I-25, between us and the fire, which is only a few miles from us right now.
It will be very difficult for the fire to jump the interstate. Difficult, not impossible, so we’re prepared.
CO already does 'controlled burns'. However, having an IQ north of 85 automatically disqualifies a person from joining the Forest Service, and they do the 'controlled burns'. One earlier this year was a 'controlled burn' during high winds, up to 95 mph. You can figure out the rest.
Yeah, dumbasses like you. The acreage burning out west is bigger than most east coast states. The 'idiots' voting to cut firefighters can't vote to cut firefighters from the USFS. This state is 8 times larger than the east coast dump occupied by know-nothings dopes like yourself. The feds own most of it, the Fed land was burning, now it has come down into private land. Again, for the stupid east coasters like you, Coloradans can't 'vote to cut' federal firefighters.
Oh well....big whoop. I am not involved. I am 100 percent glad to be on the East Coast!!!!! No fires around me....
Wet BS doesn't burn, you'll be safe.
I am not involved.
Then kindly STFU about issues where you have no clue. We out west get enough almighty non-knowledge and proclamations from DC, we don't need it from Maryland.
Yes, the way to prevent massive fires is logging, grazing, and controlled burns to clear fuel.
When you have a hot enough fire, you lose topsoil that can take thousands of years to replace.
You pinged me you ingrade....You STFU and perhaps I will too...You communists sure like to stop freedom of speech.
I responded to your post in hopes that you were educable, you aren't. 'Ingrade'?? LOL.
Yeah that's it! Please continue to post, your ignorance on this issue and your lack of compassion for the people affected says all that is needed in reference to your lack of character.
We had a very dry Spring and recently have had day after day of over 100 degree weather. Yesterday we had clouds and wind gusts but no rain, which when combined with the heat really blew up the fires.
I have to agree with the Guv. I've seen lots of wildfires before, but never one that is invading a major city like what is happening in Colorado Springs.
I only have a lack of compassion for you!!!!
We were in that area last week on vacation. Stayed in the Manitou Springs / Colorado Springs area Monday and in Woodland Park Tuesday. As we were leaving Woodland Park Wednesday morning headed west we noticed a small plume of smoke, but that was 25-30 miles west of Colorado Springs. It certainly looked manageable at that point. On Thursday listening to the morning local news they said that arson was expected. I can't see how that fire covered 25 miles or so to be threatening the AF Academy and CO Spgs, so I'm wondering if the arsonist started more fires closer to those cities. We drove back through Friday close enough I would have thought we'd see smoke coming from anything new, but I didn't see a lot of smoke in that direction.
I am not sure where I heard this but I thought the muslums said something about starting wild fires of terror this summer?
Some one enlighten me because I know I did not dream this up just not sure where the information came from .
Now on a some what lighter side I have survived about 20 or so post over there with only 1 time being in front of the jury.
I have a celebration party for them after the November shellacking of Obama and the other libtards.
I don't either with this particular CS blaze. The past few weeks have been miserable. The threat of thunderstorms I can live with as long as we get the monster rains with them.
That said, CO needs to do more burning, in the fall and winter, I get my burn permits when there is snow forecast and light them up when the snow falls. No chance of the fire spreading and makes for a pleasant time.
Colorado better begin controlled fires again....see what happens when you have wacky environmentalists try to tell you what is right....Hopefully this will teach Colorado and other states a valuable lesson. Of course, that is doubtful since they will probably say Well after it is all said and done, it wasnt that bad....stupid liberals!!!! 5 posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:19:17 AM by napscoordinator [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse] ________________________________________
Wasn't on the thread before this. Sounds real compassionate. As far as your compassion to me, keep it, it would be as fake and smarmy as your ideological brother 0bama's.
Yes, prayers up for Colorado.
We have firefighters doing a monumental job working this fire. We had a terrible wind come through that just exploded and sent the fire raging down the mountainside.
I am PROUD of everyone in Colorado who is offering shelter to families, pets, food, supplies and PRAYER.
This is a terrible fire ... big, mean, nasty and determined. However, so is Colorado, big and determined and we WILL prevail.
Every person is a human being and in a case like this we are ONE. So, we are on our own and doing one helluva job. Keep up the good work Colorado and God bless all our firefighters ... especially those who slept on asphalt last night for a couple hours sleep. These are heroes and I thank them!!!
Agree, this is very sad and just about beyond comprehension. My 40 year reunion at the Academy is coming up and hope the area is not too badly damaged.
In the Wallow Fire last year (the big Arizona fire), there were reports that it was creating new fires, from embers, more than a mile from the hot zone. Be careful, stay alert, and be safe. Wildfires create their own weather, so you can't put any faith in the local weather reports regarding wind, either.
Unfortunately, bureaucrats seem to like to do these on bone dry spring days when there are gusty winds.
So far the Academy evacuation appears to be precautionary. Hopefully, the fire won’t go down into the structures. That would make a miserable tragedy even worse.
Grow up mister....I have never witness a more liberal type in my life especially on Free Republic. I just wonder if you are even out of your parent’s basement.
Good luck to all in Colorado. Love the place. More familiar with western part of State-out around Rifle.
Lastly, Missouri/Arkansas are but one lightning strike/one match from becoming Colorado. Dry as Arizona hereabouts. 100 degrees. No rain in sight. None for a week or more in many parts.
I don't take orders from pussies from Maryland.
....I have never witness a more liberal type in my life especially on Free Republic. I just wonder if you are even out of your parents basement.
Yeah I'm a huge lib, because I call you out on a subject with which you have no gouge, where you come in the middle of a thread and blame the victims of this fire for 'allowing cuts to firefighters', where the majority of posts are from people who know someone suffering or are suffering themselves and tell them they are at fault. Finally for calling you out as the typical know-it-all lib from Maryland who can contribute nothing but to take a figurative s%^t on the folks out here and pronounce your answer to our problems. When in fact your answer was already being executed and didn't work. Finally for being such a dope that can't understand after living in the sauna of Maryland that there are places with low humidity and real weather not generated by a hurricane.
BTW, both my parents are dead, thanks for asking.
Oh well....I have zero interest in you that I have not even looked at your page or even when you signed up. That is how much I give a care about you and your ilk.
Good n00b, now go back to threatening plebes. Stay focused on something you know. Unless you want to apologize for your execrable behavior on this thread. Perhaps you could join in offering prayers for the Americans affected.
We had some showers move through this afternoon. I hope the Springs did too.
I will make my presence known after Obama loses and the underground unlocks the site because of you libs talking suicide and leaving the country!!!
Promises and promises and every time you say this crap you still stay here in the good old USA!!!
If I sound like I am in a fighting mood it is because I AM!!
I have a back bone, I love my country, I hate liberals,and I have a new grandson!! I will try and educate him and after my death I hope I can make enough change to allow him to live the American Dream!!!
So as chef Ramsey would say "PISS OFF!!!"
So controlled fires won't work this summer. But they would work other years and would work outside of summer.
ok, I didn't see this post, ignore my previous post.
100+ degree bone-dry days plus lightening and there's going to be fires.
Colorado has been a disaster in the making for many years now. Massive residential encroachment into the high country coupled with misguided fire-suppression policies that won't let nature take its course has resulted in a whole lot of dry deadwood.
This was bound to happen.
I drove across the Rockies last spring and was distressed to see all the beetle-killed trees, acres and acres of them as far as the eye could see. I thought to myself, "One of these days this place is going to go up like the Hindenburg." And here we are.
Please, take off the tin foil. Us Colorado natives saw this coming for a long time.
No doubt, and they should be pursued in the other months. I wonder if concern over Denver's air quality or tourism are the reason they don't burn in the fall/winter. A controlled burn this spring resulted in a large fire up north when the folks running the burn didn't ensure it was out before they left. This state has always used controlled burns, just not enough of them.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like they did: http://www.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KCOS.html
Well, I can say for sure it’s not easy. As a very small example I have a grove of eastern red cedar upwind (W) of my house. If there were a wildfire it would go up in minutes and take my house out with it. I have only done a little trimming close to the house, not nearly what I need to do. I am essentially relying on people upwind from that to have done enough clearing to stop a fire.