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About The Hayman Fire

About the Hayman Fire

In June 0f 2002, the largest wildfire in Colorado history started approximately thirty miles from my previous home. Within the first day, it had advanced so rapidly towards our home that we were advised to evacuate on ten minutes notice. While the fire never got to us, stopping within just a couple of miles at the very last second it seemed, hundreds of others were not so lucky.

While a few pics are here to illustrate the thing a bit, nothing compares to the smells, colors and tastes of the real thing. Not to mention the heart-stopping reverse 911 phone calls advising us to evacuate. Believe me, the first thing to evacuate under these circumstances is your colon...

Here's some interesting shots:

Monday 7:00AM 6/10/02

A view to the southwest, over the back fence line. I took this one standing in our bedroom. By the following day, the fire had grown so wide the smoke appeared to come from all around us. We've been advised to remain in standby to evacuate on ten minutes notice.

Monday 3:00PM 6/10/02

News reports indicate that the fire has moved over 8 miles towards us, pushed by strong sw winds. It has grown more than ten times the size in the photo at left, nearly 80,00 acres in a few hours. The second emergency phone call has come in and we are not half finished packing.

Mule Deer on the run.

Dozens of Mule Deer live in the area around our home. This last one in a fleeing herd stopped and looked back, allowing a quick shot. Coyotes and Black Bears also moved toward the river. (We missed seeing the bear, we're told it walked right up the street)

Ash and Burning Embers Falling

Never thought I'd take a picture of the bare concrete our porch is made of! Until smoldering black ash and burning pine needles began falling on it. Firefighters say this is how it spread so quickly. Hint: these will burn the back of your neck.

Tuesday 10:00AM 6/11/02

Smoke so thick it blotted out the sun. This is more than an old statement - that tiny red dot IS the sun... Picture taken from our back porch. Yes, I know I've been advised NOT to be here....

Wednesday 10:00AM 6/12/02

The fire has turned back on itself, due to strong NW winds. Smoke is lessening as the fire runs out of fuel internally. Nothing better could have happened except six inches of rain.

All during this event, slurry bombers and bucket helicopters fly overhead from time to time. It takes so long for our digital camera to 'boot up' I cannot get a shot, they always get away.

Firefighters estimate it will take 60 to 90 days to put this thing out, perhaps I'll still get a shot of of those helicopters.

A few words

Again, special thanks to all who volunteered services and assistance in getting us out of this fire's way. And a very special thanks to the thousands of firefighters who worked on this fire. Due to very cooperative weather it was put out relatively quickly, and we are thankful nothing was lost to us - it could have gone very bad if two more hours of that strong SW wind had continued on Monday. Our hearts go out to the many who lost their homes, livestock and property.