Colorado is burning.
|From Sunday's The Denver Post|
The High Park fire northwest of Fort Collins has been burning out of control since June 9 consuming nearly 100,000 acres and destroying more than 200 homes.
The Waldo Canyon fire forced the evacuation of the entire town of Manitou Springs.
To make matters potentially much worse, there is a hyperactive arsonist making trouble in Teller County, setting
20 21 quickly contained fires over the course of the last week. Crazy fucker.
Even though Denver is miles away from the fires themselves, the smoke has laid a blanket over us - the mountains no longer visible at times - and the air is permeated with the stench of what smells like a particularly obnoxious campfire with an underlying odor of dreams and memories burned to a crisp.
Additionally, since last Monday, the temperatures have hit triple digits 7 days out of the last 9, breaking heat records left and right.
Frankly, it's too hot to move. It's too smoky to breathe.
And people are starting to get nuts.
Send rain or air conditioning or, at the very least, 10 tons of sorbet.
EDITED AT 7:16 p.m.:
A thunderstorm rolled in earlier this afternoon providing a small, but welcome, respite from the sun. However, there was little moisture and, unfortunately, it was mostly cloud-to-ground lightning and wind.
Now Boulder is burning. There are roughly 20 homes that have been evacuated and many many more that have been issued pre-evacuation orders.