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Indian Gulch Fire by PaulGana Indian Gulch Fire by PaulGana
The Indian Gulch Fire just west of the Denver area as seen from Lookout Mountain on Sunday night. The fire as of yesterday (March 25th) has burned 1,500 acres, though not exceptionally large, it is an extremely early start to the fire season which usually doesn't start until June. Monday morning about 70 homes were evacuated but were allowed to return the following day, considering that this is an extremely densely populated area, lucky only 70 were evacuated and no homes destroyed
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FrodoGoofball Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Wonderful shot! You really get a sense of the challenge facing firefighters. Trees look like specks next to the flame.

I'm getting tired of the mountains, etc. hogging all the snow and making the foothills so dry. But I also believe fire is a necessary part of the beauty of nature.
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PaulGana Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
the problem is that humans spent so much time trying to prevent wildfires entirely that they prevented a natural occurrence that happens regularly, now if there is a wildfire, it will be completely devastating. Also the pine beetle infestation occurring in lots of areas here would not have taken off like it has if the natural fire cycle was allowed to take place, too late now, and too many people have moved into these areas now too
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FrodoGoofball Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
In at least some areas, tree density was at unusually high levels, facilitating pine beetle spread.

Unfortunately, while we have evidence suggesting what nature would have done without us, it is more dfficult to foresee the results from different choices we ourselves make. :(
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FireMaster13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It was interesting that Sunday evening I saw this blaze on my way to my sister's house, finding out that it had only just started burning. Scary that it was visible from I-25 near Highlands Ranch. Regardless of the devastation it has caused already, this is a wonderful shot.
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PaulGana Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
I was amazed that I could get this close to a wild fire, I was on Lookout Mountain Road as you are dropping down into Golden, must not have been more than 1/4 mile away. They are saying this year is as dry as 2003 the year of the Haymen Fire and several other massive fires in the state
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Etternian Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
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PaulGana Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
the fire is about out now, cooler weather, higher humidity and lower winds helped, still not much of any precip and there is none in the forecast neither
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