Friday, March 11, 2011


Last September 5th, almost 6 months ago to the day,
the infamous Lefthand fire started just west of Boulder.
I did this painting on my iPhone back then.
It seems like yesterday.

That fire was a horror, but it didn't burn everything.
Unlike most of you, we've had a dead-dry winter,
and the wind is howling 79 mph.
So here we go again...


Incident Overview

Firefighters are responding to a fire in the Lefthand Canyon area on the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest. They are battling dry conditions and gusty winds. The fire is located eight miles north-northwest of Boulder.

Boulder Office of Emergency Management has issued an evacuation order. Please check their website (link to the right) for the latest evacuation information.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday March 11th, 2011 approx. 10:35 AM
LocationStarted in Chaos Canyon
Incident CommanderDave Buchanan, Usfs

Current Situation

Size200 acres
Fuels Involved

Burning in ponderosa pine with grassy understory



A heavy air tanker has been ordered.



Karen said...

Oh I love it! The iphone painting, that is! It just grabbed my attention in it's little version on my blog.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I believe it was six months ago that I discovered your blog. I remember the fires and the bears. When I saw this on my sidebar, I thought it looked like today's photos of the tsunami.

My thoughts are filled with fires, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and power plant meltdowns. Be safe.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Oh, gosh! When the winds howl across dry acres it's a fright! We used to hose down our roof during fire season when I lived in California. Stay safe. 100% agree about Japan!

Double "D" said...

A very descriptive painting of fire.
It would appear to be accurate for Japan as well
Those poor people, how devastating and unbelievable.
Hard to watch on TV.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for rain, snow or some type of precipitation that will quiet the fears of more fires.
I know they were very close last year. Be safe Sam.

Celeste Bergin said...

One thing about a tsunami that takes out so many people makes one think about how minor their own problems are. It makes me feel stupid for complaining about anything! Your visual has that feeling of "urgency" a New York minute, everything can change.

Shelley Smart said...

Saw on CNN that the fire is contained? I hope that is so. I can't believe two fires in the same area in the same year.

Let's see. Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Fires. Floods. So scary. Oh, and nuclear reactors malfunctions. Sigh.

Your painting is brilliant.

Sonya Johnson said...

Mother Nature never lets much time go by before reminding us she always bats last, does she? I hope your fire is contained and the winds calm down soon.

Keeping my fingers crossed for no meltdown in the Fukushima plant as well.

Great energy in your latest iPhone creation - love the colors.

SamArtDog said...

Good news... the fire is out.

Then there is Japan.

Don Gray said...

Wow--you don't think about having forest fires in March--in Colorado especially! Glad it's out. Scary times...heart-rending images on TV.

loriann said...

Stay safe Sam. The tragedy in Japan is beyond belief. Healing thoughts to all the survivors