in the pines and forest, like the article said. That's what we're used to, the lightning in the mountains or the unattended campfire that starts burning acreage before the winds make it a threat--time to gather your things and evacuate. This was just suburbs and town centers, gone in minutes. The unsettling feeling is that it can happen anywhere, instantly, just need bone-dry grass and a frontal system.
In the Denver metro area, I've always believed that hail was the biggest "natural disaster" I'd ever have to deal with. Never, ever imagined a wild fire raging thru the suburbs.
Black Forest fires, but those were still more-forested situations, where I feel the risk is already understood (or should be considered) when you purchase a home in that setting. Just a crazy grass fire wiping out whole developed suburbs on the plains is a new one, I think.
I live just down the road from this tragedy. The video footage is stunning. The devastation is heartbreaking.
staying with us right now over the holidays in southern CO--his area wasn't affected. But we were watching the news with horror.
I know some people whose houses are in the fire perimeter, but I haven't heard any status yet.
my first reality check was in 2018, what was called the "mm 117" fire burned over 40000 acres of prairie land a few miles from me, in a couple of hours. this was not the first or biggest fire in the area, but was open prairie miles from the foothills of the pikes peak area with not much fuel other than grass and some brush. much like the area where most of the subdivisions are built around here, including mine. similar to the Marshall fire, high winds made the fire travel faster than fire trucks could drive to get ahead of it. i realized then if this happened in a developed area, the damage would be uncontrollable, as we have now seen. had the wind feeding the Marshall fire not calmed some with nightfall, there's no telling how many tens of thousands of structures could have been burned in the Denver area.
i've had to start thinking about fire protection similar to those who live in the wooded foothills and mountains.
and Peterson/Schriever. It would have been pretty much the same situation, it was just more sparsely-populated and less developed. Edit to add, the wind gusts basically overrode any real firebreak protections too--makes it even more scary.
Houses on the edge of open space are worth lots more. We finally got snow yesterday, but before that, we haven't had any significant moisture since July. Everything is dry & crisp.