Wendy woke up when I got home ... and from our bedroom/porch, we could only see the tops of the orange from North Boulder. Wanting to see more, I grabbed my camera, binoc's, and a flashlight ... and headed up on top of the roof. While not exactly sober (but not THAT tipsy), I had to hoist myself to the upper roof level ... so I placed my my camera (in the soft case) on the roof ... and it took a roll ... and then another roll ... and then flump, flump, flump all the way down and off the roof - DOOPPPP!!!!! So I had to make up some excuse to Wendy why I had to go outside (before attempting this again MORE carefully) and waited until the next day to tell her what had actually happened! ;-)
These pictures (the camera survived) won't win any Pultizer Prizes ... the only significance is they were shot from my roof by my not-so-steady hands. Exposure times were a full (hand-held) second, so that plus the 400 ISO settings results in a fair amount of noise and fuzziness of the Lee Hill fire.
North Boulder is 10+ miles to the West (we live in Lafayette at 95th & Arapahoe) and the Lee Hill Fire was a small one compared to the really bad ones we have had in Colorado so far this year. But the first time I've seen one live ... and it was kinda spooky. Fortunately, this one was brought under control quickly with no one hurt and no houses damaged.
2003_10_29 Update: Just before Halloween, there was another fire
that I got some pictures of from my house - fortunately, this one was far away
also, but hopefully this isn't the start of an annual trend. Check out
the Jamestown Colorado Fire.