This is the Waldo Canyon wildfire, just a few hours after it broke out on Saturday. It’s been burning unchecked since.
Forgive the poor image quality, but I was out and about with nothing but my iPad — and the smoke was burning my eyes so badly I could hardly see even its giant screen. We’re miles north of the action, but our neighborhood smells like a giant charcoal grill.
Bringing my son home from a trip to Denver’s Lego Store yesterday, Pike’s Peak was completely obscured by smoke. Keep in mind, that mountain is a hair over 14,000 feet tall. Its base is at about 6,000 feet. So that’s an 8,000 foot tall wall of solid granite — virtually invisible at a distance of 30 miles or more. Closer in, things are worse.