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  • 03-23-2011 | 01:23 AM
  • No Worries
  • Wolf Creek in the mountains has had over almost 360 inches or 30 feet of snow this winter, while Denver has had less than 20 inches. It has been very dry with the humidity in the single digits. A wildfire started north of Lookout Mountain, so I rode up there. So did everyone else.

    By noworries1 at 2011-03-22
    This is a view from Golden, west of the Coors Brewery.

    By noworries1 at 2011-03-22
    This is at a turnout about a quarter of the way up Lookout Mountain, before the first set of switchbacks. I stopped behind the Sheriff, instead of in front.

    By noworries1 at 2011-03-22
    This is a view looking north of Clear Creek. The dark area has been burned. No homes, and not many trees, but they burn with black smoke, probably from the oils in the tree. The wind was so strong it almost blew me off the bike. These are Chinook winds. They come down from the mountains and warm up. It was 72 degrees. Hopefully they can put the fire out soon.
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  • 03-23-2011 | 10:01 AM
  • azoomm


  • The power of fire, it has a life of its own. Definitely not something to fuck around with. We are going into another drought here. That just makes me extra pissed at people that toss their cigarette butts put the windows of their cars.
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  • 03-24-2011 | 12:06 AM
  • Gas Man
  • Crazy. F that!

    What was the cop doing up there? Look out or traffic control?
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  • 03-24-2011 | 02:04 AM
  • Cutty72
  • Pending getting called up for flood operations, I get to become certified to fight wildland fires like that next weekend! Super pumped!!!
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  • 03-27-2011 | 02:08 AM
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  • Quote Gas Man
    Crazy. F that!

    What was the cop doing up there? Look out or traffic control?
    I always stop and talk to officers on Lookout Mountain, especially motorcycle cops. I never know when one will pull me over. He or she might be lenient if they know me. But this guy was on the phone the whole time. They were trying to decide if they should close Highway 6 through the canyon which is the main way to get to the gambling towns. The fire is out now.

    Quote Cutty72
    Pending getting called up for flood operations, I get to become certified to fight wildland fires like that next weekend! Super pumped!!!
    Noble job. And dangerous. In 1994, 13 firefighters were killed near Glenwood Springs, CO when a fast moving wildfire turned on them. The winds in the mountains are so unpredictable. Be safe.
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  • 03-27-2011 | 10:10 PM
  • Cutty72
  • Quote No Worries
    Noble job. And dangerous. In 1994, 13 firefighters were killed near Glenwood Springs, CO when a fast moving wildfire turned on them. The winds in the mountains are so unpredictable. Be safe.
    Just going for the certification and training right now, no actual jobs on the hook. Always good to have options though!
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