The fire started on Saturday the 23rd of June, and Julie and I just happened to be at Costco when the smoke first became visible. We looked to the west and saw the first of the smoke plumes, which looked close to home. We finished running our errands, and went back to see just how close it was to our house.
|The smoke from our driveway|
|The smoke behind the 7-11 on Centennial|
We stayed with Julie's parents for the weekend because my lungs couldn't really take the smoke smell too much, but it was nice to get away from the neighborhood for a bit.
|The smoke from Bill and Debbie's neighborhood|
|The smoke did make for some good sunsets|
Life was relatively normal until Tuesday, when we got word again that we were on pre-evacuation notice, so Julie and I left work and met at home to pack our cars. I went back to work since there wasn't much going on at the time. Whoops. Around 430 or so, Julie noticed that the hill side behind our house was on fire, so she went into super gathering mode, and grabbed as many clothes and other items from the house as she could. Not too long after, a police car came driving by using the megaphone to tell people to evacuate. Pretty scary. This was taken right in our driveway, the same place as the smoke pictures above.
|This shows the flames from our driveway|
|The fire above the rock quarry|
|Just behind this hill is the Flying W Ranch|
|The Wilson Ranch pool is in the foreground|
The next week or so is a blur of emotions, as we didn't have much information as to the status of our house. Our favorite weather man lives very close to us, and the hardest part was watching him choke up a few times on air because of the damage to our neighborhoods.
We spent the time watching the news, and trying to find out information about our house. We had lunch with Andy and Pam (also evacuated) one day, and went to the staging area at UCCS to see if we could see our house.
|The media staging area by UCCS|
|Part of our neighborhood is in the smoke way back on the hill|
There is no good way to end this post. We are happy to be home, but so sad that many of our neighbors lost their homes and that the hills around us were decimated by the fire.