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Hayman Fire

For those of you who want to know how far the Hayman Fire is from me, here's the short version:
The Black Mountain Fire last month was closer in its first day than the Hayman is as I write this. Possible evacuations in Jeffco (as reported on the local news) only ran up to US 285 as of 2230 Monday night. The junction of US 285 and CR 73 is about 8 miles south of me, longer driving. *wry grin*

I'm mildly concerned about the fire's spread (30,000 acres was the reported size in the Monday edition of the Denver Post; around 2230 it was being reported as 75,000 acres) and relatively cranky that it was caused by an illegal campfire (there's been a statewide fire ban here most of the spring). I'm not so concerned yet to have my evacuation bags packed but that may change depending on the winds on Tuesday.

Incident information from the Forest Service can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/fire/hayman/index.htm. If you want your information prettier, go to a local news source -- I prefer 9News, the Denver NBC affiliate, and the Denver Post, the local daily that doesn't suck.


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Jun. 11th, 2002 06:36 pm (UTC)
this one is closer to me. you had one, now i get one. odd thing is, this is the second time in a year that i have seen ash rain down. there was a blaze in CA that lasted about a month. what gives?

oh and...i am soon to enter the air force. i am trying to decide on a base. east coast is narrowed to: wright patterson in OH, dover in Delaware, andrews in Maryland, langley, and seymour johnson or pope in n. car.

overseas: guam or uk

whatcha think?
Jun. 11th, 2002 10:49 pm (UTC)
Eh, you're just under the smoke plume. It's not too bad here because (a) we're north/slightly northwest of the fire and (b) less falls at 7500' altitude and 9/10k' peaks around you than down the hill where it's lower and less rugged.

As for bases...
- Wright-Pat's not too bad. It's not really East Coast, but it is Eastern Time. *g* It was my aunt and uncle's last duty station before they separated from the AF.

- Never been to Dover, but my dad says it's pretty. I've heard base housing is becoming privatized there and that doesn't sound too good to me.

- Andrews is close in to DC, lots of good medical care (should you need it) and not too bad although off-base housing isn't too cheap.

- Langley would be great if you wanna be within a not-too-bad distance from the beach. Since you've been to Norfolk before, you have a rough idea of the weather there.

- Seymour Johnson... well, I didn't like it. A lot of people I know tend to wind up there for more terms than they want to be -- I had one neighbor there who'd been there since 1993 and still hoped to get away, and a friend who was so sick of the base he was happy to get assigned to Sheppard to teach. (Wichita Falls is one of the only places I'd want to be less than Shady J.) It's not too bad -- there's not a whole lot to do in town, but it's just over an hour to Raleigh and I think it's just a little farther in the other direction to the beach. I wouldn't put it as a first choice, though.

- Pope's actually kissing-close to Fort Bragg and the complex is big enough they have severals schools on-post. People tend to love or hate Fayetteville, but it's not too bad for being in NC.

Overseas: everyone I know that's been to Guam loved it, including a friend of mine that recently stopped there on their way somewhere else. UK bases really depend on which one you're at, but once you get over the taxes for darn near everything and no closets, it's not too bad. (:
Jun. 11th, 2002 10:56 pm (UTC)
no freakin closets?

thanks! you are an immesurable help. you are so helpful. you deserve and award for humanitarianism. i kid you not!
Jun. 12th, 2002 06:53 am (UTC)

You don't know me or anything. For the longest time I was the only person that listed Bart Prince as an interest, and I noticed today that you had him listed too.

Anyways, just wanted to say Hi and rock on for being a BP fan.

Oh wow -- a report about the fire has just come on the radio. Must be scary to live out there with that going on. Take care...
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