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    WILDFIRES 2011!

    Two of the largest wildfires in Arizona's history are burning out of control. The largest fire is zero contained and burning an estimated 55,000 acres every day.

    The smoke from these fires is blowing into surrounding states, combined here in Denver with smoke from two wildfires burning already for several days here in Colorado. The sun shining through the smokey fog turning everything orange here. It's hot and it stinks and the air tastes like shit. Eyes burning. Serious greenhouse effect here today.

    Hope everyone gets out of the way and the firefighters stay safe. This is gonna be a terrible year for wildfires.



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    We have 300-400 acre wildfire burning in a swampy area about 5 miles from the house...so far, so good though. We need a ton of rain to avert what could be a very bad wildfire season.
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    My wife works for a catering company that camps out with the firemen in the terrain to feed them as they work the fire. She's coming back from the Bear Fire near Trinidad. Usually fires can be handled within a week or so, but this Willow fire in AZ is monster huge.

    It's now the 3rd largest fire with 0% containment and they have almost 3,000 firemen on it. The cost to battle these fires are insane.
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    Are they started deliberately or is it a natural product of the heat and dryness of the area? In general, they are 'man-made' in this country which absolutely sickens me. The cost to our wildlife is unacceptable - I just cannot comprehend the kind of mentality that does something like that.. Fortunately, our wildfires haven't (as far as I'm aware) put any human lives or homes at risk - hope everybody over there gets out of this OK.
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    or some dumbass starting a campfire or having a cookout where they shouldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    Are they started deliberately or is it a natural product of the heat and dryness of the area? In general, they are 'man-made' in this country which absolutely sickens me. The cost to our wildlife is unacceptable - I just cannot comprehend the kind of mentality that does something like that.. Fortunately, our wildfires haven't (as far as I'm aware) put any human lives or homes at risk - hope everybody over there gets out of this OK.
    In the case of most of the fires in my area, dry lightning (lightning with little or no rain associated with it) is the chief suspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood P. View Post
    or some dumbass starting a campfire or having a cookout where they shouldn't.
    Irresponsible idiots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    In the case of most of the fires in my area, dry lightning (lightning with little or no rain associated with it) is the chief suspect.
    Natural fires often come at a time when the environment benefits from being cleared and trigger new, healthy growth. 'Man-made' fires are just sheer stupidity and utterly heinous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    Natural fires often come at a time when the environment benefits from being cleared and trigger new, healthy growth. 'Man-made' fires are just sheer stupidity and utterly heinous.
    While true, if you have ever had the pleasure of having a nearly 400 acre wildfire where most of it is in a thick, swampy area and have the smoke descend on the area of where you live, the experience is, ummmm, less than nice to the nose....
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    While true, if you have ever had the pleasure of having a nearly 400 acre wildfire where most of it is in a thick, swampy area and have the smoke descend on the area of where you live, the experience is, ummmm, less than nice to the nose....
    Whatever, you were trying to get high off that smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen View Post
    Whatever, you were trying to get high off that smoke.

    You're not fooling me with that non-sense you posted!!

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    When I went up to visit my Dad in '03, there were several wildfires going on in the area. You could see the haze and smell the smoke the whole time I was there.

    I always get a little nervous around here when the farmers burn off their fields. It wouldn't take much to set the whole county up in flames, but the farmers seem to do a good job of keeping the fires contained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    I can quite believe this!

    Whereabouts in the US do you live, VHR?
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