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By Mike Smyth
From Spartanburg, SC
Jun 25, 2012
Stick clips can be very handy in this area to keep it a little safer
Just a heads up to anyone who hasn't heard already. Wildfire is burning in Waldo Canyon near Colorado Springs. You might want to redirect any climbing trips close by if they are in your plans. 3,500 acres with 0% containment at the moment. We were climbing at Parachute Rock on Saturday when we saw the large billow of smoke growing. Rampart Range road is closed at the moment as well as Highway 24 between Colorado Springs and Crystola which is about 3/4 of the way to Woodland Park

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By Mike Smyth
From Spartanburg, SC
Jun 25, 2012
Stick clips can be very handy in this area to keep it a little safer
Wildfire in Waldo.
Wildfire in Waldo.

It isn't in Garden of the Gods but it's darn close.


Night time.
Night time.




View from Colorado and 30th Street.
View from Colorado and 30th Street.

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By slim
Administrator
Jun 25, 2012
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.
we saw this thing start up from devils head. it literally turned from a wisp of smoke into a billowing smokestack in about 15 minutes. really hot and really windy.

sunday a fire started up near rainbow falls as well. not good.

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By Mike Smyth
From Spartanburg, SC
Jun 25, 2012
Stick clips can be very handy in this area to keep it a little safer
Yeah, we heard about that one too. Also another one in Elbert yesterday and another down by Fort Carson off of 115. Sounds like they have Elbert and Fort Carson area contained. Haven't heard any updates to the one near Rainbow Falls yet

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By Derek Lawrence
From Bailey
Jun 25, 2012
Cocaine Corner
The Rainbow Falls fire seems to be contained but apparently is still active
pinecam.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.p...

We watched this one start yesterday from DH and it was a little unnerving to see all the green pine trees between us and it...

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By Mike Smyth
From Spartanburg, SC
Jun 25, 2012
Stick clips can be very handy in this area to keep it a little safer
Just saw that update. Elbert is 600 acres and 75% contained. At least the C-130's are rolling strong up there today.

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By slim
Administrator
Jun 25, 2012
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.
i was a little nervous camping there saturday night. i could tell the waldo fire was pretty far away, but it seemed like there was a pretty strong wind coming from that direction during the day on saturday. you could smell it that evening.

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 25, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.
Heading to Devil's Head this Saturday, so we will see how it is progressing. If it's too close we will mosey on north to Golden Gate State Park.

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By Mike Smyth
From Spartanburg, SC
Jun 25, 2012
Stick clips can be very handy in this area to keep it a little safer
Stich wrote:
Heading to Devil's Head this Saturday, so we will see how it is progressing. If it's too close we will mosey on north to Golden Gate State Park.


If Rampart Range Road is open by then. They had Rampart Range shut down as of Saturday

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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Jun 25, 2012
Is the North entrance (hwy 67) for RRR open, or is the whole road closed from north to south?

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By Derek Lawrence
From Bailey
Jun 25, 2012
Cocaine Corner
Northern portion of RRR was open as of yesterday

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By Squish
From Lakewood
Jun 25, 2012
Me
A friend of mine and I were hiking around Topaz Point yesterday. We saw the smoke bellowing from there. We entered Rampart through Sedalia...

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By Andy Librande
From Denver, CO
Jun 25, 2012
Me in the Buddha Cave at crumblewood a while ago.
Derek Lawrence wrote:
The Rainbow Falls fire seems to be contained but apparently is still active pinecam.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.p... We watched this one start yesterday from DH and it was a little unnerving to see all the green pine trees between us and it...


We were at Devil's Head yesterday too and here are some photos from the Trout Creek Fire which appeared to be completely out when we left at 8:00pm:

andylibrande.com/news/2012/06/...


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By erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Jun 25, 2012
Top of Bridalveil, feelin good
The Waldo fire from my house in Manitou Springs.
The Waldo fire from my house in Manitou Springs.


Another shot, about 3 miles away as the crow flies. Shortly after we were ordered to evacuate. Luckily it was just for one day.
Another shot, about 3 miles away as the crow flies. Shortly after we were ordered to evacuate. Luckily it was just for one day.

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By The Good Life Denver
Jun 25, 2012
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We were about 9 hours into the Big Mountain Adventure Race on Saturday tackling the mountain biking section when we came around a bend and saw the huge plume of smoke WAY too close for comfort. Apparently the fire started roughly 2 miles northeast of the race start/finish.

Feeling very lucky that we were at the farthest southwest point of the race and the wind was blowing north/northeast...as out-orienteering and out-racing a wildfire after 9 hours of running/hiking/biking in 95 degree heat was not going to be a great experience.

I hope that the firefighters and residents in the area continue to stay safe. As we were driving out from Green Mountain Falls on 24 we could see flames going up about 150 feet in the air...

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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Jun 26, 2012
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...
Looks like Armageddon on the north end of town. The fire has moved into Colorado Springs and many homes are burning. If there was ever a time to prey, now is the time.

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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Jun 26, 2012
Stabby
Hell:
Shit.
Shit.


Shit shit.
Shit shit.

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By GabeO
From Denver, CO
Jun 27, 2012
The neighborhood that burned is all over the news, but how are things looking this morning?

GO

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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Jun 27, 2012
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...
Not good at all. Appears to be working its way down into Rockrimmon and moving north into the Air Force Academy.

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 27, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.
GabeO wrote:
The neighborhood that burned is all over the news, but how are things looking this morning? GO


The smoke is obscuring views of the hillsides this morning, so we can't really tell. The huge pyrocumulus cloud is gone, however, so there is less burning currently. This will change as the day goes on.

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By GabeO
From Denver, CO
Jun 27, 2012
Shit. Good luck.

GO

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By Ron Grat
From Georgetown, Co.
Jun 27, 2012
Me looking normal, pitch 8, Pilier du Couchant
We were planning on climbing at Devils Head, Friday to Sunday this week. Anyone down in that area right now that can give us an update on conditions/how close the fire is?

Thanks

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By contra
From colorado springs
Jun 27, 2012
we were also planning on heading to Devil's Head this weekend but under the circumstances we are bailing.

here is a map of the fire's general area that receives frequent updates.
3.gazette.com/fire/

yes devil's head is a ways up from the current location but with preevacuation already near palmer lake, and given what happened yesterday, the risk seems real.

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By Jeremy Hand
Jun 27, 2012
slopey
Heard that the fire doubled size and that dozens of houses in Colorado Springs have been destroyed... only 5% contained.

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By s.price
From PS,CO
Jun 27, 2012
 Morning Dew ,self portrait
Watchin it live right now. Praying for everyone. DAMMMMMMN!

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By Joshua Griffin
Jun 27, 2012
My first bouldering trip in the Magdalenas.
I was looking to go climbing in Red Rock Canyon on Saturday but don't know if it is still open. Maps show that the fire is farther North, but can I still get there or get a permit to climb? Maybe a phone number I could call?

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