The Papoose Fire

June 22, 2013  •  27 Comments

Update- Gallery of all the photos posted here.

http://www.michaelunderwoodphotography.com/papoose-fire

 

The Papoose Fire, now a part of the West Fork Complex Fire is an 11,000 acre wildfire burning in the Rio Grande and Road Canyon Reservoir area of Hinsdale and Mineral Counties, all photos taken on 6/21/13 from around 7:30 pm to about 10:00pm.

Information on the fire here http://hinsdalecountycolorado.us/fire_info.html or http://www.hinsdalecountysheriff.com/Emergency_Incident and an article from the South Fork Times here.

papoose fire night

10 second exposure from around 10:00pm, taken about 1 mile west of the closed fs 520/Rio Grande Road on Colorado Highway #149.
papoose fire moonThe moon through the smoke, Spring Creek Pond. The moon through the smoke, Spring Creek Pond.
papoose fire 9 One minute exposure from Spring Creek Pond.
papoose fire 4Smoke from the West Fork Complex Fires over 149

Smoke from the West Fork Complex Fires, taken a few miles west of North Clear Creek Falls.

papoose fireNorth Clear Creek at Sunset

North Clear Creek at Sunset.

papoose fire 8

papoose fire 2Bristol Head Overlook

Looking east towards the fires from the Bristol Head Overlook.

papoose fire 3Flames seen from Spring Creek Reservoir.

Flames seen from Spring Creek Reservoir.

papoose fire 5Fire and Smoke at sunset on 149.

papoose fire 12

Looking west toward the fire and sunset.

papoose fire 6

Smoke from the fires seen from just west of Spring Creek Pass.

air supportAir Support

Air Support.

papoose fire 11The setting sun reflected in the the Rio Grande River. The setting sun reflected in the the Rio Grande River.

papoose fire 13


Comments

30.rusty(non-registered)
I had been camping in this area for 50+ years and thought it was one of the most beautiful places on earth. a terrible thing to happen
29.Nancy Tillery(non-registered)
Fantastic pictures, Michael! Our cabin is at the XIC Ranch (formerly Wright's Lower Ranch) and we have been going nuts wanting to see what is going on. Your pictures helped us immensely! Please keep new photos available as most of us will not get up there for awhile now. We are from New Mexico and SOOOO glad you are shooting these photos! Thank you!
28.Ken Rutt(non-registered)
I have a few water trucks I could relocate to Creede/Rio Grande valley if any one is seriously in need of a standby unit. They are currently in Montana and Nevada. Give me a call and we can work out the details. KR (406)581-0645.
27.Margie J,Texas(non-registered)
I made my first trip to Colorado at nineteen and fell in love with it and have made numerous trips with my children and then grand children evry summer. We have spent many summers at Fun Valley and Durango area. I am so sad for the fires and the people of Colorado. May God be with all of you and spare your homes and keep you safe.
26.Paul Smart(non-registered)
I was born in Eastern Colorado (Kiowa County) I remember well in the 'dust bowl years my Folks, losing their Farm and putting every thing they owned, plus our Water Spaniel Dog, 'Troubles' in a 4 wheel trailer and we, 7 children in a 1930 Ford car and bidding Colorado goodbye. The few times we got to see the the beautiful part of Colorado that is now burning, it was so thrilling. May God Bless You, to those who are enduring this present destruction to Colorado.
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