Most of you know that when I’m not selling Pagosa Springs real estate I’m out photographing or videoing this amazing part of America. Last week a small fire in the West Fork of the San Juan River area grew rapidly into a monstrosity that is currently threatening South Fork and Creede. Below are some of the pictures I’ve taken over the past several days when I was able to “escape” from the office. Click images for larger photos.

All of us here in southern Colorado are very thankful to the professional and volunteer firefighters from around the United States, along with the countless support personal keeping us all safe.

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Looks like a humongous bomb went off. Just how big you ask? That’s an 11,000 foot peak the plume is towering over.


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We never want to see these huge forest fires but they do create some gorgeous sunsets. This is the smoke plume from the Papoose Fire burning north of us in the Weminuche Wilderness.

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Smoke patterns appear otherworldly.

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The smoke clouds on the right side appear ready to fall onto the mountains.

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Perhaps this smoke plume from the Papoose Fire has flattened at the top of our atmosphere?

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Smoke rises over the beautiful green hills up Piedra Road.

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I took this shot up Echo Canyon Road off Mill Creek Road. I liked the contract of the terrible fire and the lush green fields.

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Huge flames towering over 25 foot pines.

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The view Wednesday from Mill Creek Road.

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I thought this plume looked like a manatee or happy-go-lucky fuzzy monster.

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Tranquil fields on Piedra Road with smoke plumes in the distance.

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Atomic bomb?

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The Papoose Fire smoke plumes over the Weminuche Wilderness,

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The West Fork Fire smoke plumes rise to the right of Pagosa Peak. Taken Wednesday from Piedra Road.

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Smoke from the West Fork fire tower over our mountains.

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The mammoth size of the smoke plumes from the Papoose Fire make it look much closer than it is.

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Smoke escapes from the left side of this Papoose Fire smoke plume.

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One Response to Pagosa Springs West Fork Fire Photos

  1. crista says:

    Wow, incredible photos, West.

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