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Daily archives for May 11th, 2018

The Arid West

Beltane                                                                           Mountain Moon

A blue sky day again yesterday. As the wxgeek implies below, we will pay a price for the beauty of these days. May it only be anxiety. This will be our fourth summer here and we’ve yet to have an evacuation. Lucky.

(We’re in the upper right hand corner of the red in Colorado. These same maps look much better for July and August.)

We’ve done the fire prep things we can do; but, after reading Megafires by a UofC Boulder based investigative journalist who specializes in wildfires, I realized if we get a fire coming up Brook Forest Drive, we’ll lose our house unless firefighters stop the fire or protect our house.  We’re in a lodgepole pine forest with scattered aspen groves. Fire behavior for lodgepoles, a pioneer species, is to crown, burning everything down so the forest can start over. These forests burn less often than the ponderosa dominated ecosystem at lower elevations; but, when they do, they take out everything in their path.

Big fun. Oddly, it’s not a source of anxiety for me because we’ve done what we can and the rest is statistical. Too, we decided a while back that we’ll just replace what we lose since stuff isn’t what’s important to us. Kate, the dogs, me, a few important papers. We’ve saved those last in a safety deposit box down the hill and all my writing is stored in the cloud or on flashdrives.

 

 

 

Let the Games Begin

Beltane                                                                     Mountain Moon

A local weather guy who lives on Conifer Mountain, on the left as we drive up Shadow Mountain Drive toward home, posts as wxgeek:    “The Red Flag Warning today is for southern Park County, and Teller county, but not for Jefferson County, so depends where you live, but consider fire danger elevated today in all foothill areas due to warm temps, gusty southwest winds and low RH values. This will be our everyday life until Monsoon season begins.”

 

EVACUATION LEVELS DURING WILDFIRES

 

LEVEL I – EVACUATION ALERT

      A wildfire threat is in your area. It would be wise to consider planning and/or packing, in the event an evacuation becomes necessary.

LEVEL II – EVACUATION WARNING

    You should prepare now by packing necessary items and preparing your family, pets, and vehicle for potential departure.

LEVEL III – EVACUATION ORDER

    Get out now with your family and pets. Do not spend time gathering belongings, just get out.

Drive with your lights on, safely and SLOWLY remaining aware of your surroundings as you leave.

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