One of our difficulties comprehending the magnitude of the Waldo Canyon Fire has been the often confusing distances and geographical features it covers. Even for many natives, trying to get a grasp of distances and relationships of areas like Cedar Heights to Queens Canyon and trying to fathom the terrain that the fire fighters face is difficult from a ground-level or merely topographical vantage. While we would have loved to have been able to bring you video from a real fly-over of the entire burn area, we weren’t able to do so. But we did managed to futz together this digital fly-over with Google Earth. What you see here begins in downtown Colorado Springs facing Pikes Peak to the West and then travels up Highway 24 toward Manitou and then up Ute Pass to Waldo Canyon where the fire began. It then roughly follows the perimeter of the burn area (in red) as of 6.30.12 over Williams Canyon to Cedar Heights then to Queen’s canyon, up and over the old quarry (the scar), down to Mountain Shadows where so many homes were lost, up to the Air Force Academy, up to the Rampart Range Reservoir, back down Ute Pass, down Williams Canyon and past Cave of the Winds, up over Garden of the Gods and back downtown. The distance covered is roughly 70 miles in the “flight.” We hope this gives some added perspective.

There are two more excellent fly-overs produced by NNCSage on YouTube HERE, and HERE.

Music in this piece is One Fine Morning by Bill Callahan.

 

13 Responses to A Digital Fly-Over of the Waldo Canyon Fire

  1. joyce cheney says:

    Thank you. Very helpful.

  2. Linda says:

    First rate depiction.

  3. Bob Carnein says:

    Thanks–Nicely Futzed!

  4. Ms. Lin says:

    Gave me chills

  5. karla dickey says:

    Really Amazing – Thank you!

  6. Marta Lacombe says:

    What an incredible view! what a terrain!!!
    Firefighters are really Fighters!!!!

  7. Johanna says:

    Well done. What is the green line representing?

  8. Ruth Adele says:

    I liked this, Noel. Thank you.

  9. Steve says:

    Thanks Noel! It is nice to hear a little Yiddish, too. As stated above, “Nicely futzed”.

  10. Pamela Johnson says:

    Very nice, Noel, and powerful!! I appreciate you and anyone else involved with the Big Something – great work – love it!!

  11. Dinny says:

    This is a very dramatic and informative rendition. It gave me perspective that I lacked. Thanks again for the big something!

  12. cathy Mundy says:

    cry the beautiful city! Heartbreaking, wonderful work, Craig and Noel.
    Cathy

  13. Sheri Bauers says:

    wow, wow. it seems like we could have 5 times the number of lost homes. I will never, ever think of a firefighter as anything but a hero ever again.

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