There were clouds in the sky today and what appears to be rain near the mountains and the fire area. The fire didn’t grow much last night which was good news. Looking from the east side of Colorado Springs early today it seems much less intense. The smoke was only visible in a few areas. The fire is still at only 5% contained although things are going much better today. Of course the winds could change it all again.
UPDATE: 347 residences destroyed. 10% containment.
UPDATE II: 25% containment, 2 dead.
What has the SCOTUS told us? That it’s not their job to determine what kind of country we live in. They seem to parse every court case to the point that no real outcome is ever attained. No case is ever really solved. But maybe that’s their purpose. They’ve pushed this fight back to the politicians. We’ll get what we deserve.
In the mean time here’s a little Bill Whittle.
The fire today took a strong turn for the worse. With gusting winds hitting 65MPH the fires pushed into the front range and Colorado Springs City limits. For that latest check out the following sites.
According to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa over 32,000 people have been evacuated.
The photos hear are amazing. http://www.krdo.com/news/-/417220/15282990/-/jw3x1j/-/index.html
Photo from Robie Blair to KRDO
Photo from the KRDO link.
Mandatory evacuation Map
It’s going to be a long couple of days here.
The Fountain Fire Department called for mutual aid Monday afternoon to help knock out a rapidly growing grassfire near County Road 132, near the Fountain Creek bed.
UPDATE: Fountain fire is contained.
This is starting off as a very tough fire season with seven ongoing wildfires in Colorado. It seems someone has been starting fires in the Woodland Park area of Colorado area over the last week.
The nearest fire to my location is the Waldo Canyon fire. It’s located just northwest of Manitou Springs.
Some youtube video from yesterday.
…The head of the International Monetary Fund has piled pressure on Germany by recommending a series of crisis-fighting measures that chancellor Angela Merkel has resisted…
…One of Lagarde’s recommendations for Europe was that eurozone leaders should consider issuing bonds or debt "in some form" backed by the governments of all member countries. Berlin opposes the idea because it would put German taxpayers on the hook for foreign debts and increase the country’s cost of borrowing…
I bet that whole European Union thing looked really good in the beginning. The idea that a group of correct thinking European countries could build a coalition that could bring Europe to the center stage again was exciting. Little did Germany know they would be paying for the entire experiment. But then there aren’t many people anywhere in the world today that actually want to work for a goal. They all feel too special for that. Why the Germans agreed to working with the historically less than motivated is beyond me.
Of course we here in the good old USA are only slightly better than Greece these days. Too many people are continually wanting something for nothing.
Instead of worrying about the world we will leave our children, perhaps we should worry more about the children we are leaving this world.