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I'm a consulting geologist for a small company in the Denver area. I study problems related to active tectonics, using geomorphology, structural geology and remote sensing.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Forest Fires

Yesterday and last night North Boulder experienced a thousand-acre wild fire. Almost 11000 homes were evacuated, but only 4 structures burned. High winds (gusting to ~73mph, ~116kph) damaged electricity lines which started the fire, which was then spread rapidly in the windy conditions. Several ridge lines burned, and the fire was visible more than 20 miles away.

I drove around the town at about 9pm, stopping to photograph the fire from several different locations. NCAR (in south boulder) was a good place to watch from (and more than 5 miles away from the blaze), but the photos from Violet park (adjacent to the fire, in North Boulder) was better for detailed shots... the pic below was shot from there.


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