High Park Fire sunset
Took this on my camera phone while I was walking the dogs ... I thought it was interesting how the smoke plume mirrored the shape of the trees on the left side of the photo.
The second full week of the High Park Fire is coming to an end, and it still is burning out of control. Extreme temperatures and gusty winds made for a bad day in battling the fire -- it crossed Hwy 14 and the Poudre River at the Narrows and has established itself on the north side of Poudre Canyon. It is now threatening the mountain community of Glacier View.
Current fire stats:
~69,500 acres (108.6 square miles or 281.3 square km for you metric types)
60% 45% containment
191 homes confirmed destroyed, an estimated 4-10 additional structures lost today
1,879 total personnel fighting the fire, including 18 helicopters, 2 heavy air tankers, 135 engines, 13 type 1 hand crews, 22 type 2 hand crews, 26 water tenders, 9 dozers, 6 feller/bunchers to cut and gather trees
1.3 million gallons of water dropped on the fire as of 6/19
Cost to date
Lots of close-to-the-action pictures in this set from the Colorado National Guard