|The Red Canyon Fire as of yesterday evening. I used to ride my horse in the meadow at the bottom of the photo, but it's now an expensive subdivision.|
As I headed up to my camp on Sunlight Mountain (near Glenwood Springs, Colorado) last night, I noticed fire on the ridge to the east of me. It gave me fuel for thought, as I drove on up the windy road that follows Four Mile Creek.
|The fire as of this afternoon, still out of control.|
Camping in the trees where one can't really see out, it would be very easy for such a wildfire to come upon you unawares if the wind were just right. You might have time to grab a few things and jump into your car, but you might have to leave your rig behind.
I don't really think too much about this sort of thing, as I'm typically in the desert where there's not much to burn, but if you camp a lot in the forest, it would be prudent to have a fire evacuation plan. Usually one would have some advance warning, but not always.
I got my trailer out of the forest today just in time to watch the fire above town. The smoke was thick enough to promptly give me a headache. It reminds me of several other fires I've seen while living near Glenwood Springs, including the Storm King Fire that took 14 hotshot lives.
The sky hums with slurry bombers, even though it's almost dusk. They've started evacuating homes up there. Let's hope it lies down during the night and can soon be contained.
|The fire from Glenwood Springs this afternoon. Some neighborhoods had falling ashes.|