Colorado Wildfires, the Rockies and Urban Fireworks – A Photo Essay

Firefighters are still battling one of the worst wildfires in Colorado history. 346 homes were consumed in the 26-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs and it is only 45% contained. 2 lives were lost and 10,000 people remain evacuated.

Photo taken of the Flagstaff fire Saturday night on the way to the Rockies Game. Let it rain!

The Boulder Flagstaff fire is 90% contained. Due to the rugged terrain, firefighters are dousing the flames with buckets of water flown in by helicopter. It has burned 300 acres, but no structures. The Fort Collins High Park Fire burned 259 homes to the ground and one life was lost to the blaze, but it is 100% contained.

When I posted Dancing for Rain, I really did dance, for a couple of minutes anyway. I thought, “Why not?” I was shocked when it started raining. No rain had been  forecasted and it was a deluge!

In today’s Daily Camera, Aimee Heckel reported that many local yoga studios held rain meditations for desperately needed moisture. Several local churches held prayer sessions focusing on needed rain. I guess I wasn’t the only one that was surprised and elated by the sudden cloud bursts.

Thunderclouds formed while on our way to Denver and once again, it began to rain. After arriving at Coor’s Field, Danny and I gladly donated some money to the cause. The Rockies matched up to $50,000 Saturday night. Go Rockies!

It was in the 90’s when we entered the stadium so  Danny and I ordered a cold beer. Yes I got ID’d and no you can’t see my date of birth.

Hey Jumbotron man! Look at me!

I wondered how much it would cost to advertise Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride up on the scoreboard. Hmmm…

Hot and dedicated fans. 93 degrees in the shade at 6:00 PM.

Chocolate covered strawberries and bananas. Yum!

Oh yah. The game. The Padres throw us out at 1st. Dang!

“What are you doin’? I want to get home and surf in San Diego before practice tomorrow. Dude. Let’s finish this.”

Todd Helton is our last hope. Oh well. Rockies go down fighting and lose 4-8. We’ll get the Padres next time!

Off to check out the Denver scene. A classic~

It’s a roof top party!


 While looking back at Coor’s Field, the fireworks began.

Urban Fireworks! One of the few ways Coloradans are going to see them this year.

Have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July! Go America!

No smoke over the Flatirons! A wonderful sight on Sunday night.

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  1. Our city fireworks are held in a park nearby. It’s a freakin’ nightmare to get there ’cause people start showing up at four i9n the afternoon and the parking backs up all the way to where I live. Anyhow some of the locals have their own show so I sit on the back porch and watch that. I’m equally torn between the Mets and Bosox. Do I have to bring my agony out into the public? Loved the pix.


  2. Another home run post! The nana’s look delicious. I see blogs in Australia mentioning the fires in your state, not a cool way to be famous. Wife and I are sad to see how many lives are being torn apart because of the flames. Stay safe out there.


    1. Wow! Australia! They can relate since they battle so many of their own.
      If we could just see some relief from the heat and get a week or two of rain…..
      Thanks so much John and have a great week!


  3. Gorgeous pics! I’m SO glad the fires are getting under control. The Padres won? Surprises never cease! Yeah, they were probably hating life in the 93degree weather. That’s Africa hot for us So Cal peeps. My mom and aunt have a friendly rivalry going on for their teams – my mom is Padres, my aunt Rockies. it’s fun to watch their facebook walls with the bantering back and forth. I don’t follow baseball, but in the fall I switch between my Broncos and Chargers jerseys. No, I won’t pick a favorite and yes, when they play each other it’s traumatizing. Then again, it’s also win-win.

    Well done on your rain dance! Keep it up, the firemen need all the help they can get.


    1. I love the rivalry! So funny! One year the Buffs took on the Wisconsin Badgers so I cut 2 shirts and caps apart and sewed them up for the game. We wore them to the Wisconsin game too! So much fun!
      We have 0 humidity here so it is still scary if we have lightning, but firefighters have made great strides. I am sad to see so much smoke on the horizon today. I had hoped to go out and take a better “barn” photo this morning – too much haze. I’m not sure if it is coming up from the Springs or if it is in Boulder. I’ll break out the dance this afternoon!
      Thanks Tameri and have a wonderful 4th!


  4. We had our fireworks for Canada Day last night.. no doubt we’ll hear a few patriotic American Fireworks on the 4th as well!! Those wildfires are undoubtedly the more frightening natural disaster in my mind. How awful to lose your home.. and if you didn’t, you’d have a devastated community with so much rebuilding that needs doing. Just so sad!


    1. It’s great how our holidays coincide! Go Canada!
      It is overwhelming here and yet people have really come out in support. I hope that the people that lost the 257 homes in Fort Collins are not over-shadowed by relief efforts in the Springs. There have been 606 homes lost in the 2 fires alone. It is so hot and dry here. I am going to keep dancing for rain!
      Thanks Smidgen!


  5. We’ve had the fires on our news here along with the storms that have hit Ohio and the Eastern seaboard. All the rain’s HERE in the UK and the long range weather forecast is for more of the same!

    Mwwhahaha! You got carded! Told you you’re gorgeous!


    1. Hahaha! They carded everyone! Thanks CC!
      We need some of that rain here… Take a deep breath and blow it on over! WwwooooOOOOooooOOOOooooo! LOL!
      Thanks again and have a great week. Are you going to see any of Wimbledon?


  6. So cool your rain dance worked, thinking of you all out there. It must be awful being evacuated. Glad you had some relief at the game!


    1. I can’t imagine having 0 minutes or less to pack your car with the most precious possessions. 606 lost everything!

      I think it was the concentrated effort of everyone praying, meditating and begging for rain that caused those storms last week. It was crazy since the weather forecasters all said it would be bone dry!
      It was fun to go to Denver although it was still hot at 9:00! It usually cools down sooner…Still dancing for rain this week…It is really smokey outside today
      Thanks Catherine!


  7. I’m not much of a sport fan, but I love hanging out with friends. As long as someone else attends who cares more about socializing than the game, I’m all there! lol And I LOVE fireworks. Can’t wait to catch them come Wednesday.

    Thanks for the great photos! I totally would’ve carded you, too. 😉


    1. 21??? No way! I just had to take a photo. They carded everyone I am sure! Hahaha!
      Socializing is an important part of every game, but I like watching almost every sport especially the ones I used to play not that I was a jock, but that’s how we entertained ourselves “back in the day!”
      Thanks August and have a great 4th of July!


    1. You would see the smoke today. Hopefully by the time you come through, the fires will be under control.
      We are safe here across the valley. When we chose where to live, we took fire danger into consideration. Anyone who lives in the foothills takes that risk.
      It is tinder dry everywhere and we live near open space so I pray no one throws a lit cigarette out their car window. That’s all it would take for a grass fire to start.
      Thanks Linda and Happy Canada Day!


  8. The Padres can occasionally play baseball but, spoiler alert, they have never won the World Series and I don’t smell it coming any time soon. So the Rockies can relax when they are in town. Win or lose it looks like a fun time at the ballpark!

    I also live in an area that is just about yearly threatened by wildfires, although never as bad as what’s going on in your neck of the woods. There have been bad ones here, but the only impact we’ve ever had is hazy skies and that distinct smell that comes with. It’s just about the only natural disaster type of thing we can face. It’s the price we pay to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We never get hit and face practically no danger from hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami, radiation, volcanoes, etc. And we’re not strategically important enough to be targeted with missiles. Earthquakes are still a danger but very infrequent. Only a couple in my life so far although they say a big one may someday come.

    Cool post, wonderfully told, and with beautiful pictures. Awesome!


    1. Are you in California? Sounds like a wonderful spot!
      The Rockies are 2nd from last place in our division so I am not shocked that they were beat by the Padres. The pitching coach resigned so we’ll see if the new one makes a difference. It can’t hurt!
      Thank you so very much Shoutabyss!


  9. I’ve been watching the news and those fires are scary. I hope it rains a lot so they stop. And, over here the 4th of July is celebrated by default, let’s say. There will be fireworks and all that. For me it’s day off so I get to sleep a bit longer than usual, yay!


    1. We always try Audrey!
      I think residents are pretty safe barring any high winds. It is pretty smokey out there. They have cancelled all of the fireworks in our area which is a relief. I can’t imagine taking any chances.
      Have a wonderful 4th of July Audrey!


  10. I’m not sure what I’m doing the 4th, but last year I caught a cold so my friend, Coco, photographed the fireworks for me on her iPhone. What a buddy! Urban fireworks appear to be the sanest way to shoot them in Colorado while the entire state seems to be a tinderbox. Great photos and I ALWAYS love to see Roxy in your videos. About you getting carded … That last happened to me last year when I was buying a six-pack at the grocery store I’ve shopped at for nearly 30 years. I was certain it was solely because the clerk who is around my age (and a woman) was just being nosy. I was half tempted to pull out the American Express card I’ve had since 1984, but I didn’t want to make an issue out of it so I forked over my license that she scrutinized for a ten count. Whenever I can avoid going to her, I do. I think she’s a real orifice and not the ear canal. I hope you, Danny, the kids and Roxy all have a great 4th Susie!


        1. It is a super huge (long ) snake that looks like a rattle snake. They just swallow mice which I love! The one I carried out to the garden was about 4 1/2 feet maybe. A little one. I will blog about my new friend!


            1. I did and I guess it was bigger than 4 feet. When I downloaded the video last night he/she had to be at least 5 feet! I feel a blog post coming on…..Hahaha!


    1. I don’t know where all the smoke is coming from today, but I can barely make out the mountains and you can see from my photos how clear is was yesterday. Erie is the only place allowing fireworks and they could get grass fires. Fingers crossed.
      Thanks so much!


    1. It is raining now! The forecasters have been wrong for about 7 days. Today they said dry heat for the next 5 days and they now they are saying the rain is coming in! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    1. The crazy thing is that the forecasters have been saying it will be nothing but dry and hot. Almost every day we have had these freak storms that come out of no where! Now they are predicting MONSOONS! Yeah! I think it was the whole world praying that helped. Bloggers as far away as Australia have been writing about it and the news is worldwide!
      I would love to sit inside my house and listen to the sound of rain!
      Thanks Renee!


  11. Great photos and I’m so glad that you got the rain. Since it’s late here just after 1 AM and my brain is tired, I’ll be back back in the morning tomorrow, right after my coffee! 🙂


  12. Hey Susie! Really great post and love the ball game pictures. 🙂 I saw all the news about the fires and was wondering about you. Glad you are o.k.

    OH! Also wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m sure you have all kinds but wasn’t sure if this one had made your mantle. You are awesome (I mean hideous) so I thought I would pass it along. 🙂

    Just drop by to check out the guidelines and other nominees 🙂


    1. Wow! Thanks so much Guat! You made my day. Congratulations to you! You are incredibly “hideous” too!

      Thanks for thinking of me in the dry inferno of Colorado. The forecasters have been wrong for the last 7 days. We have been getting some rain almost every afternoon and just last night they changed the forecast. We were supposed to be hot and dry for the next 5 days and now we are supposed to get monsoon weather! Yes! I think it was from everyone’s thoughts and prayers!
      Have a fantabulous and truly hideous week Guat!


  13. I feel for you folks out west. I live in the midwest where it, too, is dry. A storm raced through my hometown Sunday and blowing trees and power lines over and knocking out the power. We got rain, but we need more. We were out of town and we missed the storm. Yesterday, I heard the mayor cancelled the parade and fireworks largely due to the trees down along the parade route. I’ll get to enjoy fireworks and a parade and a fun fourth, but i will be thinking of the folks back home and all the other folks who’ll miss fireowrks on the fourth.


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