Going back to the beginning of August and this, one of our favorite camping spots in Grand County. It was the end of another fantastic day in the Colorado high country and the #sunset lit up the clouds to the east in pastel colors.
Today it seems like this spot will look much different next year and probably for years to come. The East Troublesome Fire exploded yesterday, growing at a rate of 6,000 acres per hour. It has now burned through the area this image was taken from and continued on to Rocky Mountain National Park and the town of Grand Lake.
For years my wife and I have been saying the area was ripe for a major wildfire due to all the pine beetle killed trees. Throw in the fact that for decades our forests have been mismanaged and, sadly, the stage was set for this type of disaster.
The devastation is hard to imagine and we are so sorry for our fellow Coloradans that have lost their homes and livelihoods.