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Fire Season

By: MrMixon, 1:42 PM GMT on June 27, 2011

A couple small fires flared up this weekend. One near Allenspark was triggered by lightning and quickly put down before it spread. The other fire, near the intersection of Lefthand Canyon and Lee Hill Road was about 100 acres and, though it was growing quickly yesterday afternoon, the fire has stabilized for now.

Here are some useful links:

Daily Camera Article


UPDATE: The Maxwell fire seems under control at about 80% contained. I didn't see much in the way of smoke today, so I think most of the danger from this one has passed. Turns out it was an unattended campfire.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico the Los Conchas Fire has burned over 60,000 acres along the eastern slopes of the Valle Caldera, forcing the evacuation of the town of Los Alamos. The fire is 0% contained and weather continues to be dry with sometimes gusty winds for the next several days. Here's an impressive view of the conflagration from the International Space Station:

A link to the inciweb page for the Los Conchas Fire

A useful google search for the Los Conchas Fire

Middle Boulder Creek at Nederland, CO

South Boulder Creek at Pinecliff, CO

A snowy start to summer

By: MrMixon, 5:51 PM GMT on June 20, 2011

Well, pretty much the entire Front Range got a dousing last night. We had at least a half inch of rain and probably more (I say "probably" because I still haven't mounted my rain gauge at the new place, but it was sitting in a relatively protected place on the deck and managed to collect more than a half inch...). I wouldn't be surprised if we had a total of 3/4 to a full inch of rain from the showers that came through yesterday into this morning. Along with the rain came the best lightning and thunder show I've seen in Nederland so far this year. It wasn't terribly severe by most measures, but it was loud enough that our dog decided to sleep in the bedroom with us last night (he usually opts to stretch out alone in the living room...).

While it was rain for us in the Nederland area, there was a new dusting of snow up on Thorodin Mountain this morning... Thorodin is 10,540' tall and I'd say the top 1000' had snow/frost on the trees... so the snowline in Boulder County must've been around 9,500' last night. Needless to say, the higher mountains in the Indian Peaks were noticeably whiter this morning and probably had anywhere from a dusting up to a few inches of new snow. That's certainly not unheard-of for mid-June, but it is definitely a very Colorado way of starting the summer, which officially begins tomorrow.

Middle Boulder Creek at Nederland, CO

South Boulder Creek at Pinecliff, CO

That's better!

By: MrMixon, 10:18 PM GMT on June 08, 2011

I've been super busy the past couple weeks with working my first paid photo gig on top of my regular job and moving to a new house just outside of Nederland (upper Magnolia, if you're curious). But I wanted to sneak in here and make a brief post.

The steady southwest winds in the Denver area finally turned around to clear out some of that smoke from Arizona. It's nice to see the mountains clearly again.

Snow is melting fast this week - South Boulder Creek is cranking along at near bank-full. Many of our Front Range streams are near capacity, so one well-placed shower could send them over their banks. Our best chance for precipitation in the 7-day is tonight and tomorrow, but it's a brief window of opportunity and the "bulls-eye" seems to be out over the plains, rather than the foothills. I'm kinda sad to see all the snow leave...but I guess we've gotta have a summer before we get another winter. :)

Also, I just noticed the drought monitor map for for Colorado looks MUCH better for our area. Hooray for that!

Middle Boulder Creek at Nederland, CO

South Boulder Creek at Pinecliff, CO

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