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  Perfectly fine where I live

 

Perfectly fine where I live - 10 miles due east of this week's devastation.  So thanks for the prayers but I pass them to the firefighters who are really in need of them.

1st human casuaty being reported today.  346 homes lost - and that does not include partially damaged structures.  I pass along this picture from my hunting partner.

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Looks awful.  I was up doing an orienteering course with the AWM from Colorado Springs and a DWM trainee from Palmer Lake the last couple of days and they were getting nervous as heck about it because of the information coming in.

Those pictures look like hell on earth though

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The devastation does not compare i'm sure, but Montana is buring up too.  Houses, buildings, looks pretty tough. 

If it aint floods, it's fires.

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5-Day Time Lapse Video of Waldo Canyon Fire

 

An amazing 5-day time lapse of the Waldo Canyon fire. If you have 16 minutes here is the link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBA7eHY022k&feature=player_embedded 

The devastation of the 65 mph winds starts at the 7 min mark.  The lose of life and homes starts at the 8 min 20 second mark - incredible!  KOAA and KRDO have been carrying the video coverage - www.krdo.com or www.KOAA.com and follow Waldo Canyon fire video coverage link.

 

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Went up the Poudre

Saw three homes that burned down, however, it really isn't a complete burn. Very patchy, should make some great habitat if we ever get some moisture

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A quick question on the burn areas and Beetle kill! Will both of these events cause snow melt and runoff to start earlier and end sooner? Since the snow has less shade and more direct sunlight? And what are the long term effects of this ???? Thanks

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never really thought about that...

So here's a SWAG:  How about maybe?  Snow in the timber often sticks to the trees, until it melts from sunshine and falls.  So, in that case I'd say beetle kill and burns don't affect run off.  However, lots of logging studies have shown how ground water levels rise with fewer trees sucking up the moisture, so in that case, maybe there will be more run off?

Gotta admit this stuff is way beyond me.  My expertise is more in population dynamics than forestry/geography/climate stuff.

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