Un raro #tornado 🌪️tocó tierra cerca de un incendio forestal en #WestonPass , #Colorado , el jueves por la tarde. Los tornados e incendios forestales generalmente no se ven juntos porque los incendios forestales requieren ambientes secos, mientras que los tornados requieren humedad 📸
Weston Pass fire.
View from Antero Res.
Please respect the forest and do your homework before heading into the mountains. Over the week when staying at Zapata campgrounds I saw two groups of people unaware of the fire ban. The first couple I saw was collecting firewood....if you didn't know...Wildlife in this area depend on dead and down wood for their survival in this high elevation desert. Insects and rodents feed on the wood, and birds and larger animals feed on them. The second group of kids brought there own wood and continued to start a fire?!... Luckily the Ranger came by both camps within minutes to stop the wood collection and extinguish the fire thank god... this type of neggleance is how we end up destroying this beautiful state and endangering wildlife and human life. Please do your research before heading into any mountain terrain everywhere is different and you might learn something new :)
Sometimes there are things you cannot prepare for during a wildfire. Take this video for example. A tornado touched down today through the fire area. #westonpass#wildfire#tornado#colorado . Video Credit: Charles Hescock
This weekend, my gal pals and I were heading towards Buena Vista on 285 when we saw a plume of smoke in the distance. My first thought was, "😱 Volcano!!!" But alas, it was yet another forest fire raging upon Colorado soil. We continued on our adjacent path with caution, the fire burning just a half mile off the road to the north when we hit 22.
Turns out a lightning bolt struck Thursday night. By Friday afternoon, it had grown from a spark to 50 acres. By the time we woke up Saturday, all cell towers were down, causing #firstworldproblems with a complete lack of service. We purchased a map in town to find our trail. By the time we headed back from our hike in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, it had grown from 50 acres to 4,000. None of us could sleep that night, as the smoky smell of danger permeated the air.
Today, 285 is closed, one home has burned, and 6,500 acres are lost to the flames. It's a stark reminder of the price we Coloradans pay to live on such a beautiful, dramatic landscape.
The first video was taken as we passed the blaze; the remaining photos taken as we approached, in succession.
🎆🔥🎆Our little valley is on fire! No fireworks, shooting or campfires for us this Independence Day, they have fire ban signs up everywhere. It's not super close to our house but they are evacuating people who only live about a 20 minute drive from us. We've been keeping our eye on it. Craziness!🎆🔥🎆#parkcountyfire#westonpass#wildfire#smoke#coloradofire#fireban#4thofjuly
#Leadville is a surrounded by #WildFire . Helicopters fly over as we look at the new and very close #WestonPass fire to the east. And then to the west you can see smoke drifting high in the atmosphere from the #DurangoFire . This is a changing world.