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Colorado wildfire smoke inundates Laramie

Today I watched a wall of smoke, produced by the monster High Park wildfire near Fort Collins, Colo., creep towards Laramie throughout the day.

The wall of smoke on the horizon south of Laramie

This fire is burning 60 miles to the south and producing massive volumes of smoke.

The smoke creeps closer

I grabbed the dogs and headed to an area nearby to get a little higher and check out the scene.

The dogs insisted on watching for spot fires even though I assured them the fire was too far away

By late afternoon the smoke had inundated Laramie.  It was palpable; I could feel the particulates and a slight burning in the back of my throat.  It definitely affected my breathing.  To say the air quality was terrible is a gross understatement.

The boundary of the smoke as it moves over the Laramie area

I can’t imagine what it’s like nearer the fire.  This sucker has now burned 37,000 acres, according to the latest reports.  Low humidity, warm temperatures, high winds and plenty of fuel quickly turned this fire into a monster.

Laramie is within the smoke

The Denver Post has more on the story here.

 

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  1. Reblogged this on Living and Lovin and commented:
    Son is in JH WY so I keep my eyes on the news of these fires.

    Posted by nutsfortreasure | June 12, 2012, 8:14 pm

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