Firefighting in Colorado’s mountains is tough. Really tough. Temperatures, precipitation, and wind can change in minutes. And this is in addition to rough, often steep terrain and high elevation. (Remember, Denver is at 5,280 feet, so all the fires are higher than that.) Colorado’s biggest wildfire in history, the Cameron Peak fire, is still burning in northern Colorado, just north and east of Rocky Mountain National Park. Conditions there have often looked like this:
This video gives a quick look into the types of wind conditions us and other firefighters on Cameron Peak experienced and have been experiencing over the duration of the #cameronpeakfire #cofire pic.twitter.com/8WDfE1reTc
— Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control (@COStateFire) October 19, 2020
Is it any wonder the fire has been raging for two months? And at the moment it’s only one of 8 fires in Colorado.
Keep these brave, tireless men and women in your thoughts.