Anyone following the news will know the fire season has come early to the Rockies. We're right in between two of the fires. In this shot above that I took from outside our house this afternoon, you're looking north to the Conger Creek fire. At the last report, it was 3,200 acres and 0% contained. That's Travis, by the way, who wanted to appear as if he were on fire look-out duty.
The wind kicked up today, which is why the smoke plumes in these photos are drifting to the east. Of course, the wind is the last thing anyone needed with the fires.
Here's the other major fire near us, the Mile Marker 124 Wildland fire, which is burning to the south of us. This shot shows the smoke rising from the ridge behind Beauty's Barn. As of today the fire was about 1,500 acres and 5% contained.
Neither one of these fires is as close as they appear in the photos, fortunately. But this time of year is always nerve-wracking for us because of the fire danger. In our location, we're concerned most about a fast-moving grass fire. The grass now is just tinder-dry and ready to burn. With all of our blind horses out on pasture, this is our biggest worry.
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