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June 29, 2012


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I can only just imagine what is happening to the Paiges and others like them. I know such a thing could happen where we live. I send them our heartfelt good wishes and hope that their resilience will see them through. Glad all are safe. Hopefully their phoenix will rise from the ashes again.

I watch anxiously for further updates.

lynne s of oz

These fires are not good at all - we know about fires and it sorta makes me glad that I now live in Seattle (not that far from the last of your Burke Gilman trail pics with the sheep for brains path graffiti in it). Then again I miss scorching crisp days and if we were there we'd probably bring badly needed rain with us. We are good like that.


Thanks for the update. I'll be hoping for all the "little things" too for your friends.

As for Waldo - they have released total numbers (347) and specific addresses. You can see a map here: http://www.springsgov.com/units/communications/WaldoFire_PreliminaryDamageAssessment_062912_8pm.pdf

I've been folling coverage at the Denver Post for Waldo info.

Deborah Robson

Thanks for all your good thoughts, which are what are sustaining the people involved.

And I appreciate the update on Waldo Canyon, Amanda. I was writing while in the airport waiting for a delayed plane and remembered the number of homes lost was in the mid-300s, but couldn't confirm.

The Denver Post and 9News in Denver have been good resources in general. For the High Park Fire, the combination of the Larimer County Emergency website and Inciweb have been invaluable.

Deborah Robson

Just a note that those bright green roofs were metal, for fire resistance, and both house and barn were built from materials that would have fended off the fire if anything could have.


Whenever I feel like complaining about the record number of rainy days and the record cool temperatures out here on the Wet Coast, I stop and think that the alternative could be much worse. I've been watching the news about the heat wave combined with wind and lightening storms with resultant power outages in the States. While we have had flooding in my area, and the farmers are concerned about the lack of sun, we are very lucky here.


I really don't know what to say, except thank you for describing what's happening at this fire from your perspective, so I know much more than if I was just relying on quick, sensationalist media reports here in the UK. The information about the fire fighting services is fascinating to compare to ours.


Thanks for letting us know. The only thing I see over here are a few words in the news.

L.M. Cunningham

We had double the "normal" rainfall for June and thus were spared here from this possibility.

But so many of my friends (and friends-of-friends) have been decimated by this year's wave of flames, whether from fires on the ground or the one beating down from the sky.

It's so hard to watch the coverage of the heatwave or the fires, and then look around where I am to see flooded pathways and wetlands, and not feel utterly helpless.

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