The Real World News and Commentary – November 3, 2012

Connecting the Dots in the Real World

Created by Roy Perlmutter   November 3 2012




Fahrenheit 451 and the Flame of Liberty


Damage from Wetmore fire tops $2 million    Nov 1, 2012

Damage has now topped $2 million and that number is expected to climb even higher. Meanwhile families are still sifting through the rubble.  “There was a lot of good stuff in that house to take,” said Thelma Glass. “But we didn’t get a chance.”


Thelma and her husband Ron moved to Wetmore from Alabama about two years ago. “It was just perfect.” They lived in a two-story, three bedroom house with a gorgeous view of the mountains. But on October 23 their lives changed.


“Five to six minutes and it was here,” said Glass. The fire roared through their neighborhood with little warning. “It could have been really bad and it was really bad, but God watched out for us I think,” said Glass. No one was hurt, but the fire consumed 15 homes leaving nothing but rubble and ashes


Kenny Chesney –  The Good Stuff


Thompson Square – Glass


Crews abate Colorado fires     10/20/2012

Goblin fire, Little East Fire

The two 20-man Navajo Scout firefighters are heading home to Arizona, while the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District firefighters will continue to monitor the area until it is completely extinguished.




Decade after Hayman fire, questions linger about fire’s start


On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the blaze, The Gazette takes a look back, to the time when, as then-Gov. Bill Owens said, it looked “as if all of Colorado is burning.”


Kenny Chesney – Whatever It Takes


Rocky Mountain National Park fire among several burning in Colorado


Kenny Chesney – Ain’t Back Yet


Colorado fires: Wildfires scorching Colorado, prompting evacuations, destroying properties




Kenny Chesney – I Go Back


Obama tours site of deadly fire in Colorado

Byron Largent listened intently to an emergency scanner and heard a firefighter say, “Majestic is gone.”


Kenny Chesney – Welcome To The Fishbowl (Audio Commentary)


Police: 5 found dead after Denver bar fire, homicide suspected

“We’d like to say this was an isolated incident, but I can’t say that with any certainty,” Denver Police Chief Robert White said Wednesday afternoon as he asked members of the public to help investigators.


Kenny Chesney – Back Where I Come From

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Colorado wildfire expands viciously, Obama plans visit

Firefighters struggled on Wednesday to beat back a wildfire raging at the edge of Colorado Springs that doubled in size overnight, forced more than 32,000 people from their homes and was nipping at the edges of the U.S. Air Force Academy…

President Barack Obama plans to travel to the area on Friday to view the damage… Over half of the federal government’s firefighting resources are deployed in Colorado, the White House said.

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown called the firestorm threatening his city – in a metropolitan area of more than 650,000 people – “a monster” and said at this point flames were “not even remotely close to being contained.”

“This is the worst fire season in the history of Colorado,” Governor John Hickenlooper told a news conference on Tuesday, after he flew into Colorado Springs to tour the fire zone.

The Air Force Academy said the evacuation zone included two communities of single-family homes on its grounds housing around 2,100 civilian and military personnel and their families.

“I was spraying the hose on the shingles and the cops came through the neighborhood and told me to get out now,” said Heintzelman, 34, who lives with his mother.


Kenny Chesney – Don’t Happen Twice Video


Fourmile Canyon Fire: Threat To Boulder Could Pick Up Again Friday Afternoon With Strong Winds

The cause of the fire that destroyed more homes than any other blaze in Colorado history remained under investigation. Authorities were looking at whether a vehicle crashed into a propane tank and set it off…


“I gave the cop a Power Bar and he still wouldn’t let me up there.”… Boulder resident Lisa Carmichael loaded her pickup with a precious keepsake: Her grandfather’s rocking chair…. The loss of homes surpassed that of the 2002 Hayman fire in southern Colorado, which destroyed 133 homes and 466 outbuildings…


Nationwide, about 2.6 million acres have burned this summer, about 50 percent less than the 10-year average, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.


Fahrenheit 451 and the Flame of Liberty


Colorado fires