Fly away free

14 08 2018

Birds in Spring Creek Basin

Not much escape from the smoke these days.


‘Be cautious with fire’

12 08 2018


Not much to say. … Terribly smoky. Many more people dealt with the smoke from the 416 and Burro fires – nearer to denser populated areas. Now smoke from other fires is blowing and settling in other places.

And there’s California …

None of it is good.

For a moment, a chance of rain appeared in our forecast for Friday. … Now there’s no trace of that chance.

Still, we hope.

(The blog post title came from a highway sign I saw yesterday that read: “Be cautious with fire and cigarettes.” Uh. … Really?!?!?! I have a much less polite way of thinking that people ought to be “cautious” with fires (!?) OR cigarettes (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)!)

Grey in the morning, red in the evening

11 08 2018

Temple Butte, socked in by smoke

Temple Butte and McKenna Peak seen through the haze of dense smoke on Friday morning. This view is looking east, around 10:30 a.m.

Skywalker, smoky sunset

Skywalker grazes against a smoky sunset a little after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Red at night

10 08 2018


Thursday may have been the most smoky day yet in Disappointment Valley. The air smelled like the entire region was having a community barbecue.

West Guard Fire (south of Spring Creek Basin): 1,424 acres, 90 percent contained.

Plateau Fire (southeast of West Guard Fire; north of Dolores): 10,673 acres, 36 percent contained.

Bull Draw Fire (northwest of Nucla): 8,700 acres, 35 percent contained.

Moccasin Mesa Fire (Mesa Verde National Park): 185 acres, 100 percent contained.

Buttermilk Fire (north of Montrose): 748 acres, 70 percent contained.

We continue to send prayers to those affected … as well as gratitude to the firefighters working all these fires … and all those around Colorado and the West. We’re stuck firm and fast in the exceptional drought category.

We’re so thankful our mustangs are in good shape. They have water and forage and each other. While the humans worry, life goes on in Spring Creek Basin.

Summer of same

7 08 2018

Sunset over Disappointment Valley.

Still hot.

Still dry.

Still smoky.

Black and white against the grey (smoke)

1 08 2018


The air over Southwest Colorado is terribly smoky.

Plateau Fire – 2,800 acres, 5 percent contained; started July 22 in Dolores County.

West Guard Fire – 1,405 acres, 80 percent contained; it also started July 22, straight south of Spring Creek Basin in Dolores County.

Bull Draw Fire – 2,800 acres; started July 29 northwest of Nucla, which is north of Spring Creek Basin in Montrose County.

We may also be getting smoke from wildfires farther west. The hot and dry weather continues.

In good news, at least some of the ponds in Spring Creek Basin that had gone dry this summer have water again from some sprinkles (harder in some places than others) we’ve gotten, and some grass finally is growing.

The longest summer

27 07 2018


It’s weirdly hazy again, despite the sprinkles we’ve had.

For the source, one has no farther to look than the smoke on the horizon.

Plateau Fire

West Guard Fire – I called in a report of smoke and found out that firefighters already were on this fire. It’s directly south of Spring Creek Basin … but not terribly close.

Neither fire is very big at this time.