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Old 06-27-2012, 06:37 PM   #21
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my nephew is in fort carson..... how close is the fire to that area?
Pull up a google map. Ft. Carson is on the south of the city. To get a reference some of the Air Force Academy grounds have burned.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:54 PM   #22
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I'm gearing up to go out on a fire here in southern Utah, Leeds fire, just evacuated one town and now fire has jumped the freeway and is gobbling up homes. I hate wild land fire. One foot in the black baby!
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my nephew is in fort carson..... how close is the fire to that area?
Ft carson is a good distance away and should be very safe (at least from this fire)

The temps have been in the high 90's and even 100+ and we've been without rain for a while.
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Ft carson is a good distance away and should be very safe (at least from this fire)

The temps have been in the high 90's and even 100+ and we've been without rain for a while.
Nothing I've done is more exhausting or demoralizing as fighting a wild land fire in 100+ heat. Our big fire last year lasted a week, and started the day before Labor Day. Mop up took another week.

The area you are in would be hell on earth for a wild land fire, especially throwing a bunch if structures in the midst.

Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, and every one else there. Hope the smoke eaters stay safe.
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Nothing I've done is more exhausting or demoralizing as fighting a wild land fire in 100+ heat. Our big fire last year lasted a week, and started the day before Labor Day. Mop up took another week.

The area you are in would be hell on earth for a wild land fire, especially throwing a bunch if structures in the midst.

Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, and every one else there. Hope the smoke eaters stay safe.
Before the wind shifted for the worse they expected full containment on the 16th of July (started on the 23rd). The terrain they are dealing with is treacherous in the mountains. It's probably easier fighting around the homes due to fire hydrants, roads, etc.

Thanks for the prayers, they are certainly needed.
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2 people dead (in a home), 346 homes are a total loss, 38 (i think) show "visible damage", some of those damaged might turn into total losses. I estimate at LEAST $85,000,000 to clean up and rebuild, not counting the fixing/rebuilding of infrastructure. If you were to try to landscape to original levels (large mature trees) just on private property add a few million more. Thankfully none of our friends/former customers lost any homes, however they are still on evacuation so we don't know if there may be some damage to homes/yards.
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Bob (sons, father in law) said it got as close as 50 yards to his house. He got lucky, his neighbors not so much so.
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That first pic looks like Majestic Cir, those houses were very close together and with siding (and maybe some with cedar shake shingles) those things would go up easily. I haven't been up there yet, I hope to get into the opened up areas this week to check on a few customers homes.

I hope to get at least a few ground up rebuild houses out of this, it's a tragedy but those houses need to be rebuilt so why not me? With proper planning and material choices I can built these people a house that wont burn again and it'll be way more energy efficient than a traditional home. This market is perfect for ICF construction and we can include our steel frame decks with aluminum decking to further enhance the fire resistance of the project.
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I wonder how the rebuilding will work out. Since most of the damage seems to be in one subdivision (is that right, btw?), I would think it would be more efficient for one of the developers in town to come in. They could set it up like a military campaign, and just tear through the place. No shortage of subs sitting around doing nothing, I would think.

To have 300+ independent builders come in and try to work around each other sounds like a prescription for anarchy. Scheduling Delivery trucks, building inspectors, ect. would be a nightmare. "ME FIRST, ME FIRST!!"

It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.
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Bob (sons, father in law) said it got as close as 50 yards to his house. He got lucky, his neighbors not so much so.
When he has to endure all the noise, dust, trucks, ect., involved with cleaning up and rebuilding the neighborhood, he might not feel so lucky!
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I wonder how the rebuilding will work out. Since most of the damage seems to be in one subdivision (is that right, btw?), I would think it would be more efficient for one of the developers in town to come in. They could set it up like a military campaign, and just tear through the place. No shortage of subs sitting around doing nothing, I would think.

To have 300+ independent builders come in and try to work around each other sounds like a prescription for anarchy. Scheduling Delivery trucks, building inspectors, ect. would be a nightmare. "ME FIRST, ME FIRST!!"

It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.
There probably 250 homes that are track style, and another 50 or so that are in the "semi custom" category and the rest are true customs. I don't give a hoot about the track stuff because I don't want to build track homes, I'm after true custom homes where we can give people a functional home instead of the same crap everyone else is putting out.

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