Saturday, June 23, 2012

High Park Fire Pyrocumulus Cloud

California Disasters member and Colorado sheriff deputy James Nelson took these two images today of the aerial firefighting efforts based at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport against the ongoing monster of a forest fire known as the High Park Incident, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history. Today, the fire made a run into the Glacier View Meadows subdivision in the Fort Collins, CO, area. Some initial reports indicate as many as 30-50 more homes were destroyed to go along with the nearly 200 homes that have already been confirmed destroyed as well as the one reported fatality to go along with 81,191 acres with only 45%  containment. As noted in the title, today the fire generated some rather spectacular pyrocumulus clouds.
Tanker #144 on final to Rwy 11L with the Flatirons in the background.
Tanker #45 about to land with the smoke from the High Park Fire billowing above it.
Both photos and their captions by James Nelson.

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