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6/28/2012 at 2:45:32 AM GMT
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Report from ASA Rocky Mt. Board

Dear Randy,

Thank you very much for the concern you have expressed regarding the catastrophic fires now burning in Colorado, especially the Waldo Fire in Colorado Springs. As you know we have over a dozen ASA members near the affected areas (Boulder and Colorado Springs). The one I have been in contact with is Allan Harvey who works at NIST. NIST was evacuated yesterday but it is at the northern edge of the Flagstaff Fire. He is doing fine. Richard Blinne who lives in Ft. Collins has a daughter at CU whose dorm is close to the fire line. She has been in a pre-evacuation state. We have no communications from our members in the Colorado Springs area. Today was the first day where the humidity increased and we had some good rain showers in our area as well as Boulder, but not in Colorado Springs, where the situation continues to be very serious. Expert fire fighters call it a "forest fire of epic proportions”. As for the rest of us (Indian Hills, Golden, Denver) we have been spared the ravages of these fires so far, but the danger remains extreme. One wrong lightening bolt could start a fire anywhere in our vicinity. As I wrote to you yesterday, we are prepared to evacuate within 30 minutes. We have some boxes packed and a list of essentials which we can pick up quickly. We even did a ‘dry run’ to make sure we can exit quickly. Thank you for your prayers. We hope and pray that the ‘high’ which is sitting over Colorado will soon move and the temperatures will return to normal levels, along with some much needed moisture. Cheers,  Ken Touryan (ASA Fellow)