Driving south to Boulder on Friday, I could see smoke from thirty miles away. I got out of the car to take a few photos and feel very sad. The smoke was more yellow and heavy than it looks here. Like there was a lot of pine sap burning. Just standing outside of the car for a few minutes got my asthma riled up & I was coughing for the rest of the drive to town.
The fire from another angle:
…and from another direction (the first two photos were taken on the Front Range, I forget the name of the road, looking south directly at the fire. The one below is from more central Boulder, looking west towards the mountains).
As of this posting, I don’t know if the fire (fires? Some lady at a bookstore later in the day, when the smoke was still very strong in the air, said there were two fires burning) is under control. It’s early March; way too early for naturally occurring forest fires. There is growing worry in the area there’s an arsonist behind all this destruction.