32,000 displaced by Colorado wildfire: “This is a firestorm of epic proportions”

June 27, 2012 COLORADOFirefighters again will battle inferno-like conditions on Wednesday as they try to tame an explosive wildfire that has already chased some 32,000 residents from their homes near Colorado Springs, Colorado. “This is a firestorm of epic proportions,” Richard Brown, the Colorado Springs Fire chief, said late Tuesday. Winds gusting to 65 mph through mountain canyons blew the wildfire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs on Tuesday afternoon. Gov. John Hickenlooper surveyed the Waldo Canyon Fire, telling reporters it was a difficult sight to see. “There were people’s homes burned to the ground. It was surreal,” he said late Tuesday night. “There’s no question, it’s serious. It’s as serious as it gets.” The 6,200-acre fire remained only 5% contained. Officials labeled it as exhibiting “extreme fire behavior. The fire conditions could not be worse,” said Anne Rys-Sikora, spokeswoman for a multi-agency fire response team. “It is like a convection oven out there.” Colorado Springs set a record high of 101 on Tuesday as firefighters contended with brutal conditions, including ash falling on highways and neighborhoods. Officials rushed in crews and aerial equipment in a bid to slow the fire. The forecast stays hot and dry for the foreseeable future, with daytime highs not falling out of the 90s until early next week, according to the National Weather service. Dave Barjenbruch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Boulder, said the past week has been hellish across Colorado. “Even in the foothills, where most of the fires are going on, most days have been in the single-digit humidity,” he said. -CNN
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29 Responses to 32,000 displaced by Colorado wildfire: “This is a firestorm of epic proportions”

  1. Emanni says:

    Waldo Canyon Fire

  2. Stan522 says:

    Living through several of them in Kalifornia, you don’t want to be anywhere near one of these. As they blow through residential neighborhoods, they indiscriminately bounce around the houses where some are saved and some burn down to the foundation.

    I’m curious, have they announced the source of the blaze? Usually, CNN and other MSM news blabber-sources become too politically correct to name a source.

    • Melissa says:

      A crucial fact that they are not telling the national news is that the fire was started by an arsonist who has been shooting at propane tanks. Gov. Hickenlooper even was spouting off about this on Sunday during a press conference and he was very mad that he had heard that was the cause. This is not the first fire in the area the arsonist has started, according to local news. They have not been able to locate this person or persons. This has not made it to the MSM, obviously. I am here in CO, sandwiched between CO Springs & Denver and it is like hell on earth, watching the plumes come up all around you, the smoke is suffocating. The poor people in the Springs, my God. Was there last night to see how bad it was, around 10 pm, that’s when we saw the houses start going up in the area of Kissing Camels (pretty sure that was the area).

      There is an actual containment date set for July 16th. Isn’t that strange? I’ve never heard of a contaniment date so far out and with a fire this erratic.

      • Dennis E. says:

        I had not heard that. Some previous fires in California were started by arsonists as reported on newscasts. So, I am having this thought as I key this in, “Is this an act of terror?” Is the national media not reporting this “as not to offend” a certain group?
        Interesting………..

      • Joseph t. Repas says:

        As a matter of fact Japan did that to us during WWII by sending baloons with incendiary bombs through the jet stream. they figured the many forest fires would take up many resources including man power that was being used against them in war. Fortunately iy did not work all that well.

      • Carla Burgers says:

        Melissa, my thoughts are with you all. Keep safe.

      • Stan522 says:

        My prayers are with you and my fellow American’s in CO. This is Hell on Earth that no one can imagine unless you’ve been through one.

  3. Dennis E. says:

    This is a terrible situation which in part was probably caused by the on going earth changes in the weather. Then again there is always “The human contribution”.
    Many of these homeowners may never recover fully in their lifetimes from this incident.
    As an after thought, I wonder if current forestry regulations contributes to the increase intensity of these fires, such as denial of selective logging and under brush clearing? Just a thought. I had seen
    a report in the news several years ago that some forest fires could be container easier if certain
    preventive measures were taken. Just a comment about that…
    Then again, we have to look at Florida and what just occurred there.
    We also have to look at world wide weather events and consider those.
    That is the thesis of this site, earth change. I think there is a lesson to learned and that is to have a bug out bag(s) in case you have to evacuate, and especially those documents that can not be replaced.
    Just my opinion………..

  4. aleta says:

    This is a terrible situation. I have wondered about the source as well?

  5. 32,000, that is a lot of people displaced. In the fire here in northern New Mexico last year, there were less people displaced, probably because we have lower numbers of people living here. So I’m really impressed with that number of people and wondering where they went. I don’t watch TV any more, so I have heard little news of where they went. Holly Deyo lives not far from there, and posted names of places where animals are being taken for shelter, such as horses. It is a big economic mess for people who have no place to go and must rent motels or drive a thousand miles to get to relatives or friends.

  6. alex says:

    all i can say alvin is if you look at the signs. slowly are each disaster getting worse. i guess the big question is when is the big one going to occur? oh and to say looks like america is finally getting its taste of the climate or earth change.

  7. Joseph t. Repas says:

    The upper air high pressure over the Southwest US is shifting east so winds will remain strong. Scattered rain showers will not help much and the yearly monsoon season is not setting up yet. Will probably start near the middle of July. When these rains hit there will be big mud slides where the fires scorched the Earth. As the article stated; relative humidity in that part of the country is below 10% !!!…Near the fire is more like zero %…The Eastern USA is about to go into two weeks of high heat but with only a few days of low humidity. In NJ where I live they should already be putting out advisories to curtail all campfires and anything that could spark a blaze in the pine barrens but as far as I know they have not. Of course other things can cause fires also; even a broken glass bottle in the hot sun can ignite a forest fire and though our pine forests need an occasional fire to replicate properly this looks like a bad year to have one and try to keep it contained.

  8. isis2012 says:

    There seems to be a lot of truth not yet told concerning the reasons for these fires

    • Sunflower says:

      One day all aircraft was suspended from working on the fire in colorado due to meteors. This was in mainstream news. Fires all over the world and record number of fireballs being reported. I think there is a connection.

  9. radiogirl says:

    The heat here in Texas has reached oppressive early this year and has been difficult to deal with while packing up a garage and unloading a storage building to move to Colorado.Our family is closely watching this heart breaking tragedy unfold.Please Father keep them safe.God Bless Friends,R

    • Lisa says:

      I agree. I’m in Texas as well and it feels like an oven. Yesterday we went to the zoo and at 10am I was soaked from sweat.

  10. abyssoft says:

    Fire is now over 15,000 Acres and parts are moving further into Colorado Springs. Evac zones are continuing to be expanded. They are in the process of moving resources from other fires in less populated areas to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Fires being affected by the redistribution of firefighting teams includes the High Park, Whitewater-Baldy,

  11. suz says:

    I heard Climate Change once called ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’…heat waves, floods, drought, freak storms. People can see our climate is changing, but a few years ago many thought it was a problem for the future….it’s not! It’s happening now. The governments around the world have to make it a top priority. We have to prepare for mass migration of people and start to grow our food locally instead of relying on big corporations to do it all. Everywhere we see real life signs of global climate change. We can prepare for this and save lives, if we are smart

  12. Kimberly says:

    My heart goes out to everyone affected. I have family members in C Springs. Praying for everyone’s safety!

  13. Ange says:

    As I was checking out another site , they listed, Montana, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas and Alabama, having problems with wildfires in those states as well. Ok, Bible prophecy, arsonist by accident or by demand. Next thought, what if was on demand, great way to implement martial law and inaugurate all those lovey Fema holiday retreats (sarcasm), to the many displaced people.OH BTW, eliminates all those preppers that wanted to escape tyranny by hitting the high country. See how neat and clean the service is? All the prepped food in basements charred, no woods to escape to (no food and water left). What an idyllic situation for control.
    Watch your backs and your Bibles. Only God will be able to help these people….I will continue praying for all of them, because many have only the shirts on their backs left.
    Blessings!!!

  14. Irene C says:

    This is so sad and my prayers continue for all involved. They were getting it contained but then a strong downdraft happened from a storm system and it exploded. Even the Air Force Acadamy had to be evacuated. I heard that the fire was started by dry lightening, which is common when the weather is so hot and dry.

    Alvin, I know you have a couple of followers who live around Colorado Springs. Have you heard from them recently?

    Maranatha

      • Marta says:

        Alvin,
        A few things …
        Purchased your three books, where do i start?
        I am in No. Florida the Tropical Storm left us with flooding, devastated homes, and many sink holes … People that have grown up in this area say they have never seen anything like it! I have pictures if you can tell me how to get them to you!

        The time is near!! Our Lord and savior is coming soon!
        Thank you and bless you for all your hard work!

      • Marta, I’m sorry to hear about the devastation of the storm. Check your email.

        1). The Extinction Protocol
        2). The 7th Protocol
        3). Hazard

        We live in unprecedented times and now the rains appear more profuse and the rushing water more destructive than ever. People said the same thing last week about the Minnesota the destruction of the floods. The waters are sweeping across landscapes in mighty torrents. http://wp.me/p1eYXc-68E

        The time is near and is upon us and I’m both humbled and grateful for your support. I thank you for finding the site.

        God bless,
        Alvin

  15. Patty says:

    From the Boulder area. Yesterday there was an amazing thunder storm during the early afternoon. The winds were driving the downpour of rain sidewise. Lightning was hitting the ground and the Flagstaff fire got started along with several other small ones. The wind was from the west which blows the fire from the mountain canyons into the cities of the foothills. That’s what’s driving the Colo Springs fire into the city — the winds. Flagstaff is just puffing today and it was amazing to see that the Flagstaff area was collecting a huge dark cloud that broke into rain today. Last night was the most amazingly beautiful sunset — the sky, clouds, and everything became drenched with gold light! Can’t help but think that people in Colorado cannot but help to give our Creator some thoughts in these days and I am glad for God that creatures are remembering Him again! Houses are replaceable — no humans have died out here from the fires yet. The goal of these chastisements is to bring people back to their Creator, remember?

  16. sKeptical citizen says:

    I lost a home in a fire once. burnt to the ground nothing left. no insurance nothing. Its almost the same feeling as when there is a death in the family. I remember those who helped us at that time. It,s something I wouldnt wish on my worst enemy if I had a enemy? Only thing worse is losing a child. My heart goes out to those folks. But sometimes bad things happen to good people.

  17. Granny Bear says:

    Satelite Images:
    WILDFIRES ACROSS COLORADO
    In late June 2012, wildfires burned from southwestern Colorado to northeastern Colorado.
    * http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=78387&src=nha
    *** MODIS(Aqua) image from Jun 26, 2012 (Posted on Jun 27, 2012 11:49 AM)

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=78387&src=nha

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