Skip to comments.2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire
Posted on 06/13/2013 5:47:27 PM PDT by jazusamo
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Remains of two people have been found in an area burned by a wildfire that has destroyed at least 360 houses northeast of Colorado Springs.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said one person who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on Thursday found the remains of another person reported missing. About an hour later they found the remains of a second person, he said.
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I live in a high fire danger area in NM, and some people just don’t realize how fast and hot these things can be.
A buddy of mine lost a good portion of his ranch in 2000. When the fire came over the ridge, the fire crew there measured it at close to 2000 degrees. After it was over he went up and and saw holes going down into the ground dozens of feet. It was the completely incinerated roots of giant ponderosa pines.
Use Google Maps and in: Brentwood Drive, Black Forest, CO.
You will see the Urban/Forest interface at its WORST!
Huge homes tight up against huge trees. NO fire breaks!
Sheesh! I wonder why the homes are burning -— DUH!
The State, County, City, HOA’s are all probably responsible. “You can’t cut the trees, little birdees and furiee squirrels live there!” $10,000 fine per tree cut don’t ya’know!
I’ve seen a fire do that in Arizona. The fire literally went underground. We could all see the smoke from the fire, but the fire fighters withdrew from the area. It was simply too dangerous to try and fight.
Wow, you are correct.
Probably true, but this fire is burning on the ground - grasses and accumulated pine needles. At least on the “first pass” over the territory. Many trees away from homes did not burn. It is only when the ground-level fire reaches a structure and it blows up does it ignite the trees nearby. They’ve been getting some winds there, probably getting up into the trees more now.
Yes. Take a look at the aerials. Brentwood Drive is at the top of a slope. As the ground fire went up the slope the accumulation of heat convention flow ignited the trees
next to the houses. It will be interesting to view the photos after the fire is controlled. The lack of an open space fire break is shocking.
It makes a logging operation look tame in comparison. I live in a neighborhood that borders a National Forest. This is a constant concern.