Posted Sunday morning, July 1, 2018
On Wednesday, June 27th a small plume of smoke was seen rising over the mountain ridge west of La Veta, Colorado. The guess by those seeing it from La Veta would have been a fire in Forbes Park. Indeed it was - but it was such a small cloud.
The fire grew quickly to over 2000 acres and over the next 24 hours turning into a monster that devoured everything in its path over the ridge. But then it crested the ridge and began a descent down the slopes toward our small town - population only 800.
The entire town was in danger of being engulfed, but firefighters managed to create enough fire break to make that attack manageable. The growth to the north and south and west continues to be fast and erratic.
As a result, the new mountain house (Autumn Rock) that Justin and I just built and finished in March this year - on a parcel we purchased in 2002 - is now facing the inevitable.
In three days it has grown to 41,000 acres and is considered zero percent contained.
The full account can be read here. EDITED TO ADD: But the updated results are up at the top of this article