Lee, that's the Ash Creek fire? I wondered about that one 'cause it's so big but Waldo Canyon has been getting all the press. Maybe because that one is closer to a heavy residential area? Thanks for the the map and the post: have been warning some folks on the Colorado forums about Waldo and it's very good to have the bigger picture of all that's going on. Been a lousy year for these - and as dry as it is in the west, we'll probably see more dots on that map unless there's some rain out there?
Just saw that another air tanker went down fighting a fire in South Dakota - 2nd one in a month.
It isn't just that it is dry, but the Pine Bark Beetle infestation has created a lot of dead trees in a lot of different areas. nytimes.com/2008/11/18/scien...
At least one death, but little information available yet. m.rapidcityjournal.com/news/...
Several of them are listed as human or unknown for how they got started.
Weird: it apparently happened late yesterday but I didn't see reports until today. There is mention of 'lives lost" and injured being hospitalized. The military is grounding all firefighting C-130 tankers until further notice. The other tanker that crashed was non-miltary and a different type of aircraft.
Update: We did get some rain one night and it really helped. But several of the fires are still going. One is just under 250,000 acres.
Good news, Lee - crossing fingers for a cats-and-dogs downpour for ya'll. Has the smoke been bad where you are?
It would be nice, but not in the forecast at the moment.