|North Colorado Springs looking at the mountains|
Believe it or not, I was able to see the smoke on the mountain from 85 miles outside Colorado Springs. I wondered at the first distant sight of the mountains if that could possibly be the smoke. Then I tried to reason (looking at the Garmin which told me I was 85 miles away) that this couldn't be the smoke, but I kept my mind trained on the area as we got closer to the city and I realized eventually that, yes, you could see smoke from 85+ miles away.
|The sun emerging from the smoke|
We drove north on I-25 toward Monument, Colorado for dinner. It was rush hour and traffic was pretty heavy. The smoke grew so thick that the street lights began to come on and ash fell lightly from the sky. The horizon to the east (180 degrees opposite the fire) was darkened by the heavy smoke and the sun which had previously been entirely enveloped in the smoke emerged a deep red.
|A helicopter battling the fires|
We are safe where we are staying, and where we are looking to move is likewise safe. I pray for the people that are losing their homes and memories, and I pray for the emergency responders that are working around the clock trying to keep this city safe.