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Fort Collins people, check in. Colo Springs, you guys too!

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  • Fort Collins people, check in. Colo Springs, you guys too!

    How is everyone in Fort Collins doing with the High Park fire?

    We're east of town and far enough south that the smoke plume is missing the house and the barn right now.

    This is just insane. I've never seen anything like this before. Does anyone need any help?
    Last edited by Simkie; Jun. 27, 2012, 07:46 PM.

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    Stay safe!
    Those fires scare me.
    Originally posted by BigMama1
    Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
    GNU Terry Prachett

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    • #3
      Watching it on the news now - scary!!
      "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."

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        #4
        9 News just reported 20,000 acres burned, with "no hope of containment." This started at about 10 am yesterday--they're saying lightning--with 2 acres.

        Many have been evacuated to The Ranch (our county fairgrounds) and I just saw on Facebook that the barn I just moved from has 6 evacuees.

        Here are pictures of the smoke plume from the barn.

        http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...82943518eCTIGn

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        • #5
          Glad you checked in Simkie, I knew you were in the area, but didn't have an exact location.

          THe Ranch has a couple hundred head from accounts I have heard. THey are asking for people to come help muck, BYO fork and barrow. They are asking for small squares of grass, too. Trying to find out if a large round of brome could be useful. I'm SE of Greeley and can smell and see the fire. It was reported at 6am Sat. Friends in Evans could see smoke by 8. I notice it at 10. My heart goes out to all those affected
          Originally posted by The Saddle
          Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.

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          • #6
            We had dark, hazy skies for most of the past several days from the Roswell, NM fire.
            It must be very scarily large, when it travels that far.
            Everyone stay safe.

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            • #7
              Recommend you make definite plans for evac, even if you think you are safe. Know where you are going, have livestock markers to write on hooves for ID, have trailer ready and/or arrange for transport on short notice. If you are worried your horses won't load, practice now. Practice at night. Practice in the smoke and when you're upset.

              Fires can crown and run and surprise everybody.

              This is getting way too familiar in New Mexico.
              Ring the bells that still can ring
              Forget your perfect offering
              There is a crack in everything
              That's how the light gets in.

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              • #8
                Listening to the wind absolutely howl outside. It's not doing us any favors.

                Located in NW FoCo on Overland, but *hopefully* far enough away from the fires. Our neighbors voluntarily evacuated their horses, but they're just being cautious-- nothing official or mandatory.

                If anyone in FoCo happens to read this and needs a place to keep their ponies in a pinch, we can support a couple horses. PM me.

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                • #9
                  Sirbeastmom,
                  Glad you will keep on your toes. I think your neighbours are not being overly cautious.

                  All of the roads to the evacuation areas are closed, so mandatory evacuation has taken place and it's too late for anyone to go in.
                  If the wind chooses, the fire could come roaring down from the direction of Bellvue. It is such an unpredictable and unstable situation and it is SO FREAKING DRY , at this point in time an ember through the air can start another area going... Apparently the level 1 fire dispatch will arrive by Mon. a.m. hopefully there will be less uncertainty when there is a bit more help.

                  Am concerned as well in case the fire moves south. Many horses and many people between Masonville and Loveland. Hope you all are on top of things.

                  I have no equipment or space to offer. However could be a mucker, exerciser, groomer, whatever at the ranch between work etc.. Happy to lend a hand.

                  Let me know where to look for info online or PM..

                  Can take time off from work if situation turns to dire straits..
                  Last edited by skydy; Jun. 11, 2012, 02:44 AM. Reason: To Add..

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                  • #10
                    I live in Greeley so it's just smokey here.

                    I helped evac a few horses from Bonner Peak Ranch earlier today. They got a sudden evacuation order and had 5 horses (including 1 stallion) to move with just a 2 horse trailer. I was able to get my 2 horse up there and the horses are now safe in Wellington.

                    Scary scary scary stuff. Please stay safe everyone!!


                    ETA- my SO works for a company that hauls water for the oil fields. Supposedly tomorrow morning they're sending all of their extra trucks (probably 40 or so?) out to the fire. Every little bit helps!! I know they are accepting donations of feed and hay at the Ranch in Loveland. I was there earlier and everyone was very grateful for any help they could get.
                    Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                    My equine soulmate
                    Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding

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                    • #11
                      We could smell and see the smoke all the way down east of colorado springs. I don't have much to offer in the way of help, but I'm sending jingles that way.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dani0303 View Post
                        I live in Greeley so it's just smokey here.

                        I helped evac a few horses from Bonner Peak Ranch earlier today. They got a sudden evacuation order and had 5 horses (including 1 stallion) to move with just a 2 horse trailer. I was able to get my 2 horse up there and the horses are now safe in Wellington.

                        Scary scary scary stuff. Please stay safe everyone!!


                        ETA- my SO works for a company that hauls water for the oil fields. Supposedly tomorrow morning they're sending all of their extra trucks (probably 40 or so?) out to the fire. Every little bit helps!! I know they are accepting donations of feed and hay at the Ranch in Loveland. I was there earlier and everyone was very grateful for any help they could get.
                        Good for you and your SO! We have great people all around and together we'll help our neighbours make it through.

                        I have nothing material to offer, however can hand walk, muck, feed , groom etc..

                        Wondering if I should just "show up" at the ranch to see if I can help or if they only need specific items and services. In a disaster situation an excess of well meaning help can become a nuisance.

                        I'll try to keep up with the situation at the ranch, but would appreciate a heads up if there is anything anyone knows that a body could do to help.
                        Last edited by skydy; Jun. 11, 2012, 03:59 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by skydy View Post
                          Good for you and your SO! We have great people all around and together we'll help our neighbours make it through.

                          I have nothing material to offer, however can hand walk, muck, feed , groom etc..

                          Wondering if I should just "show up" at the ranch to see if I can help.
                          When I was there, there were people just "showing up" to help. They would muck, water, feed, etc. There's PLENTY to do. I would be there to help tomorrow but I have to work til 6 and then go feed my own beasties (who are safely out of the danger zone, east of 85 in Eaton).
                          Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                          My equine soulmate
                          Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding

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                          • #14
                            Here are a few pics I snapped.

                            I-25 N at Harmony
                            http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...54471716_n.jpg

                            At Jax on 287 almost to Laporte
                            http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...65098639_n.jpg

                            West of 285 around the intersection with 392
                            http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...29171022_n.jpg

                            Driving wast on 14- around the Weld Co line
                            http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...90416090_n.jpg
                            Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                            My equine soulmate
                            Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding

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                            • #15
                              Thanks. I have appointments in Fort Collins tomorrow (Monday) and a commitment to help a freind in La Porte. Will take off work Tuesday and "show up" at the ranch.

                              Stay safe. An "ounce of prevention" is your best bet in a wildfire situation uncontrolled such as this. This is just horrible...

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                              • #16
                                My partner is up in Laramie WY and sent me some photos. They were going to go to Loveland to a carshow but the roads closed down and they had to turn around. He said its pretty smokey up there, too. Crazy stuff! :/ That area is so pretty, too! I hope everyone stays safe!
                                Clancy 17hh chestnut Dutch WB, '99. Owned and loved since '04 and still goin'!

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                                • #17
                                  its been nearly four years ago to the day since the firestorms here in northern California and we deal with the threat of wildfires each year, very scary stuff especially with the thought of having move horses and livestock quickly. prayers and thoughts with you all. have an email pal who lives in Platteville CO, haven't heard from her and not sure where she's at in proximity to the fires?

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                                  • #18
                                    After living through the nightmare of the fires in Texas last year, I have a real appreciation for just how fast fire can move and in what strange directions.

                                    Please do make plans now and do NOT wait until they evacuate you officially. When that happens there is no time to move horses. All you'll have time to do is grab your keys, get in your car and run.

                                    SCARY. I hope they get a handle on this fire soon.
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                                      #19
                                      Grace, Platteville is about an hour south and east of Fort Collins, so your friend is well out of danger. The fire is west and north of Fort Collins now.

                                      Lots of smoke this morning, 37,000 acres burned, 0% containment. Weather guys call for less wind and lower temps today, so hopefully they'll be able to get a handle on it.

                                      If anyone is looking for a place to get their horses out of the way, I can get you in touch with the barn owner where I am now and the barn where I was previously. The former barn has already taken people, so I am unsure if they have any more room, but where I am now almost certainly would be able to take a few.

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                                      • #20
                                        Look out for displaced wildlife as well. Already, bear are being seen in unusual places.
                                        One East of I-25 now on the news.

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