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Old 03-28-2012, 12:28 PM
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Hey Bill, I didn't know you were on North Turkey Creek! I thought you lived in Littleton? I work on South Turkey Creek, between Hilldale Pines and the Firehouse. I drive past N Turkey Creek (West Ranch end) every day.

We just got another 'bot call from Jeffco reminding us to be ready to evac at a moment's notice. The 2 blackhawks flew over work again this morning, and a few minutes ago a single blackhawk flew by also headed toward the fire. Where I work is about a mile north from the blue mandatory evac line on the jeffco map.

The winds have been pretty calm here today, so hopefully they can pursue the strategy they announced this morning, which is to shift from a defensive posture of only protecting lives and property, to an attack posture of creating fire lines around the perimeter and establishing containment.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:53 PM
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:59 PM
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Hey Bill, I didn't know you were on North Turkey Creek! I thought you lived in Littleton? I work on South Turkey Creek, between Hilldale Pines and the Firehouse. I drive past N Turkey Creek (West Ranch end) every day.

We just got another 'bot call from Jeffco reminding us to be ready to evac at a moment's notice. The 2 blackhawks flew over work again this morning, and a few minutes ago a single blackhawk flew by also headed toward the fire. Where I work is about a mile north from the blue mandatory evac line on the jeffco map.

The winds have been pretty calm here today, so hopefully they can pursue the strategy they announced this morning, which is to shift from a defensive posture of only protecting lives and property, to an attack posture of creating fire lines around the perimeter and establishing containment.
Yep, we are at the top of N. Turkey Creek, about two miles east of Hwy 73. About 3-4 miles as the crow flies from the evac perimeter, about 7-8 miles from the active fire. Thank God for a calm day! One day of winds like Monday's and the used dog food would hit the reciprocating atmospheric movement device for sure. I know Monday we could see the massive plume right on the other side of Doubleheader, which is right at the head of our valley.

Saw the two Blackhawks this morning. Have heard but not seen the air tankers... smoke is laying down, though they say 0% containment it looks good. As long as the wind stays calm...

Got all the duff mowed a couple hundred yards away from the house, and Lise filled, almost singlehandedly, 20 55 gal. bags of pine needles and other duff. That girl ain't afraid of work... I know she works harder than I do, for less, at her day job teaching.

They are starting the search for the missing woman. Starting at her last known location, at her home. Which was destroyed by the fire.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:54 AM
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Bill, are you past Danks drive?

We had 3 blackhawks fly over us this morning, followed by 2 smaller choppers (spotters maybe?) then 2 more blackhawks several minutes later. Man them things are loud! We are still on pre-evac orders, we got another 'bot call from the sheriff yesterday.

15% containment is a good way to start the morning!

Our UPS driver told us yesterday that he knows the woman they are looking for. He said she has been battling cancer and that she is very weak. He doubts she made it out.
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I'm ON Danks. That's the valley anyway.

Pix of the Blackhawks fighting the fire:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/conatio...7629692849721/

I shuddered when viewing the burned out homes, including the one the couple died in. Did more reading, they were elderly but not any dementia, they were active in their church, very familiar with living in the forest, and they had a full fire retardant system for the home exterior. Even looked like they had a decent fire break. They called their church requesting prayer because "they had a little fire". About that time of day, it WAS little, like, 5-10 acres.

Turns out a patrol group from the Colorado State Forestry observed embers blowing from the 'controlled' burn area to unburned forest Monday before the blowup. Yet the director of the CSFS denied they caused it. Until he apologized.

That thing blew up so fast the Lucases didn't have time to get out... I bet Sam Lucas was outside spraying down his house with retardant when he was overcome. His pickup was in the driveway where they found it half melted.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:35 AM
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Yeah, they said the crew there monitoring it was in a fire truck. The ember blew across the road and next thing they knew the crew was on the horn requesting help.

I heard that this morning about the Lucas', apparently they had foam retardant for their house and it still burned up. No doubt, the winds were crazy up here Monday.

Those shots of the Blackhawks are sweet. We were speculating that they might be using Strontia Reservoir to fill their buckets.
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have they filled Strontia back up yet?
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According to the Colorado National Guard:

"Colorado crews have dropped more than 49,000 gallons of natural fire suppression from the Platte River and Strontia Springs Reservoir."

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Old 03-29-2012, 08:24 PM
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have they filled Strontia back up yet?
It was never emptied. Lowered a little but nothing major.
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