If you go back and look at the May 18th and June 1st blogs (THIS is Colorado), you will see the region that is burning in the West Fork fire. There is a huge amount of beetle-killed timber throughout the area, and once it catches fire there is little that can be done. The single-digit humidity and relentless winds add to the problem.
This fire has consumed over 30,000 acres, and the town of South Fork was thought to be lost until a wind shift saved it. The entire town has been evacuated and we saw a constant stream of cars and RV's heading out of the area yesterday.
Here is the sunset view from our trailer. That is not a cloud, it is smoke.
|West Fork Fire|