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Old 06-27-2012, 02:51 AM   #1
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Some of you may have heard that we have a rather large fire burning in the Colorado Springs area, It took a turn for the worse QUICKLY this afternoon and went from 0 homes to likely hundreds of homes in a few hours. My father was in an "pre-evac" zone (My mom is currently out of town) I called him and told him to get out ASAP, within a few minutes of him leaving they changed his area to a mandatory evac. He is now staying with us and brought some stuff with him (all he could fit in his car). His home is likely same at THIS time.

I've been glued to the tv and internet streams trying to see exactly how much is burning, I have MANY customers in the evac area, 1 ongoing project, and some signed contracts for projects in the evac area, in fact 1 of them I think may have lost their home (based on their position and where the fire was going). We will hopefully get some information in the morning but I can't sleep at all, even though the news is repeating the exact same thing over and over again I can't look away.

The smoke and ash is constantly changing due to the winds, sometimes the smell is so thick and so much smoke you can see it and then 1 hour later you can't smell it or see it.

It always seems like it will happen somewhere else and never to people you know, I think some good friends have lost/will lose their homes in this.

If you wanted to take a look the following local stations are doing 24/7 live streaming.

http://www.koaa.com/pages/live-stream-test-2/

http://www.kktv.com/video/live

I'll post up some photos from friends, family and other postings on facebook.

This first one is from a customer/friend as he was leaving his driveway, the orange glow is mostly the sun coming through the smoke, although there is a bit of flame there too.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:05 AM   #2
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These pics were just grabbed off facebook, my house does not have a good view of the area at all. A ton of the streets have been shut down and staying out of the way is recommended to allow room for emergency personal.
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Sad news Robert. Hope the wind turns the direction away.
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Wow! Thats terrible. I wish everyone in your area the best of luck.
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Good luck.

Be safe.

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Have been thinking about you Robert. These pics were taken from my son's father in laws house yesterday. He lives on or in Ashton Park.
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Rorbert, Sorry to see such a fire like that in your area. A friend of mine and her husband life there too. Over the years we have had our share of bad fires, but don't know if it has ever been like this. Praying the wind will change and maybe rain to. Be safe.
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Best of luck to you Robert.

We had some pretty bad wildfires around here last summer but at least our area is not as densly populated as yours.

Keep you and your family safe.
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That is horrible.. Material stuff can be replaced .. Be safe.
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Best of luck to you.

Guess it just got easier to sell that steel framing...
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Best of luck to you.

Guess it just got easier to sell that steel framing...
No, they just need to stop building houses in the trees out there.

I lived in Colorado Springs during the boom in the 90's. I was amazed at how cavalier their attitude was about fire safety.

Up in the Broadmoor Hills area, there are houses that are surrounded by scrub oak. (You could not wish for a better fire starter than that.) I mean less than 10 feet from the back of the house.

Homeowners used to get visited by the fire dept to advise them to clear it back some, but usually to no avail.

These are very upscale homes, and the owner's attitude usually was "well, if it burns, that's what we have insurance for."

I was there for the hayman fire (138,000 acres burned), and you would have thought that would have put the fear of God into them. I guess not.
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I live far enough away that I don't have to worry, if it came to my house... Well there would be no point in staying in this city. It's an unfortunate situation but hopefully it will bring in some projects, preferably a couple of houses since I've been wanting to get into the custom home market with ICF blocks.

Here are some great pictures http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured...-springs/5732/
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Hope the wind turns.

God be with the poor bastards trying to put it out.
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No, they just need to stop building houses in the trees out there.

I lived in Colorado Springs during the boom in the 90's. I was amazed at how cavalier their attitude was about fire safety.

Up in the Broadmoor Hills area, there are houses that are surrounded by scrub oak. (You could not wish for a better fire starter than that.) I mean less than 10 feet from the back of the house.

Homeowners used to get visited by the fire dept to advise them to clear it back some, but usually to no avail.

These are very upscale homes, and the owner's attitude usually was "well, if it burns, that's what we have insurance for."

I was there for the hayman fire (138,000 acres burned), and you would have thought that would have put the fear of God into them. I guess not.
You would be surprised at the fire mitigation programs and participation after the hayman fire. They've thinned the scrub oak a LOT in most areas. This fire is insane, unless there was a 200'+ break it still would have burned, the conditions are terrible.
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Very sad to see. Colorado being one of the most beautiful states IMO.
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You would be surprised at the fire mitigation programs and participation after the hayman fire. They've thinned the scrub oak a LOT in most areas. This fire is insane, unless there was a 200'+ break it still would have burned, the conditions are terrible.
It really is heartbreaking watching it on the news. I have nothing but fond memories of colorado springs and the people there.

And yes, you do have to look at the positive side of things. There will be a good amount of construction work created by this event. As long as there are no deaths, that isn't a bad thing.
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Hey Robert, we got a little rain up here - anything down your way? Those guys need some help.
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my nephew is in fort carson..... how close is the fire to that area?
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Hey Robert, we got a little rain up here - anything down your way? Those guys need some help.
We got a little bit, but not nearly enough. It's going to be a tough afternoon/evening for the guys.

Some pics I found on FB, not exactly sure where they are taken from.
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