Last night from my home in Highlands Ranch I could see a red glow as I looked upon the foothills, it was the Indian Gulch Fire near Golden. I wasn’t able to get a picture, my camera with the zoom lens had a dead battery.
Today the winds have been brutal most of the day and the fire has now grown, causing evacuations in Golden Gate Canyon to about 100 homes from what I am hearing on the news and twitter streams.
I just shot this photo from my back deck around 4pm, now that the battery is charged, I am not super close, about 20 or 25 miles – but close enough to see this with a decent zoom. The smoke can be seen from all over the Denver metro area. I suspect unless the winds die down pronto that tonight I will see the red glow once again. It sounds like there are 2 additional fired this afternoon as well, one near Evergreen and the other near Conifer.
I wish safety for all and that the winds die down so all of these fires can be contained.