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Forest Fire

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 27 June 2012 in Documentary & Street.

High Park Fire
While we were in Colorado we heard someone talking about a forest fire that had burned 10 acres. Within a few hours it had grown to 100 acres. It soon turned into the most destructive fire in Colorado history - over 87,000 acres. From Estes Park we could see the smoke billowing up each day. Now the total is at least 257 homes destroyed. A dry winter, extreme heat and low humidity now, plus wind is making this a very dangerous fire.

It started June 9th by lightening. The fire is at 55 percent containment. An estimated date for full containment has been pushed back to July 30.

NIKON D5000 1/500 second F/6.7 ISO 400 180 mm (35mm equiv.)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


27 Jun 2012 6:16am

Lewy from Wallis, Switzerland

Da rauchts aber gewaltig.

27 Jun 2012 6:38am

Dame Ambre from Auvergne, France

How sad..

27 Jun 2012 7:01am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A very dramatic sight that shows the power of nature.

27 Jun 2012 7:27am

PD from Kansas, United States

Nice shot! We will be going to Colorado on July 28th....

27 Jun 2012 8:39am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fire, a dangerous force.. Nice shot

27 Jun 2012 9:17am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Terrible, the destruction a fire can do, the West has had more than their share the past few years.

27 Jun 2012 9:33am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very bad news. Although a natural element, it seems out of hand. The surface affected is impressive.

27 Jun 2012 9:34am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A great capture of the forces of nature but very sad for the loss and destruction of the houses and habitat.

27 Jun 2012 10:29am

Donna from Port Matilda, United States

One time, we had a forest fire behind our house on Catoctin Mountain in Maryland. It burned just a couple of acres, but it came within a couple 100 yards of our house. (I have pictures of it on my old photoblog.) I was terrified. I hear about 1000s of acres and 100s of home being burned in the west. It's hard to comprehend how awful this is.

27 Jun 2012 11:17am

tataray from france, France

Terrible et effrayant, malgré la beauté de ton image.)

27 Jun 2012 11:47am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I've seen some images in the CNN from Colorado. Very dramatic and scary.

27 Jun 2012 12:41pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Just amazing. Frightening as well for residents and tourists alike.

27 Jun 2012 1:25pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very scary.... I hope nobody was injured, and I hope that there was not too much destroyed ! Excellent capture Barbara. Have a lovely day :)

27 Jun 2012 1:52pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW You have captured the intensity of this fire from afar.

27 Jun 2012 1:58pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is a compelling image, and this morning's news is that the US Air Force Academy has been evacuated.
SO much destruction! ;(

27 Jun 2012 2:14pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada


27 Jun 2012 2:20pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A very dramatic picture of what has become a very destructive fire. I feel for all those people who've lost their homes.

27 Jun 2012 2:22pm

Chantal from Romans sur isère, France

C'est terrible !! et je pense au milliers d'animaux et plantes détruites, ceci me désole au plus profond de moi !!

27 Jun 2012 4:41pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The fires are disastrous for forests but are almost always beautiful photos. I've often wondered if the arsonists did not put the fire on purpose to see the beauty, even if it's stupid and sad

27 Jun 2012 4:45pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great documentary, but what an awful thing to happen, it's difficult for us in the UK to imagine the physical extent of such devastation

27 Jun 2012 5:04pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Quite a dramatic shot, I thought I was seeing a volcano!

27 Jun 2012 5:13pm

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

You've captured the seriousness of the situation in this photo Barbara, it really has an impact on the viewer. And still a long way to go before containment.... that's amazing! It's devastating, for sure!

27 Jun 2012 7:01pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

This is the first picture I've seen of the fire that everyone is talking about. This reminds me of the big fire in Montana a few years back which did a terrible amount of damage. Colorado is so beautiful, I really hate to see this destruction, and I hear the people who lost their homes had very little warning so they lost most everything. Its all terribly sad.

27 Jun 2012 7:44pm

Nelida De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Good capture of this sad event that destroys what was once a beautiful savanna vegetation and animals and also harms its inhabitants. In my country we have also suffered. A feeling of regret. regards

27 Jun 2012 7:49pm

omid from mashhad, Iran


27 Jun 2012 8:12pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Quelle tristesse ! Un grand désastre !

27 Jun 2012 8:29pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

You caught quite a good shot to capture the magnitude of area affected. I am very familiar with Estes Park and can only imagine the damage sustained to date.

27 Jun 2012 9:10pm

@Steven: This High Park fire is close to Ft. Collins. There was a much smaller fire in Estes Park Saturday. They got it out very quick but not before it burned 23 homes. That whole state really needs rain.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a dramatic capture Barbara! We had terrible forest fires up here last summer and it leaves a scar that takes years to heal! ;-)

27 Jun 2012 10:17pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The awesome power of mother nature well captured.

27 Jun 2012 10:52pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

while not a welcome sight, it is still very dramatic and spectacular! very well captured!

28 Jun 2012 1:24am

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Sad view of this dramatic smoke cloud ... Great capture !!!

28 Jun 2012 4:17am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

I've been seeing this on the news. Such destruction!
Very dramatic capture!

28 Jun 2012 11:56am

franz from Baden, Austria

awesome mood, horrible event - even from the distance!

28 Jun 2012 3:17pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

Sadly, an awesome capture. I pray this doesn't happen to Montana But this is life here in the Rockies, always has been. Fire destruction is normal and in fact natural. It is the way of Nature: create/destroy. Gulp.

30 Jun 2012 11:54pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

A sorry event...scary...fine shot...which all the best

3 Jul 2012 6:18pm

1/500 second
ISO 400
180 mm (35mm equiv.)