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Deja vu and second-guessing

Fred Stewart

Dear Editor,

On July 4, 1994, I was out shopping at the Glenwood Springs Mall. Walking in, I got a chance to get a good look and ponder the small cloud of smoke atop Storm King Mountain. The distraction barely caught the attention of other mall-goers. I later heard that because of other fires, this one was down on the priority list, and would be fought later.

I felt so strange, as if what I was witnessing was for my eyes only … to the indifference of the world. It wasn’t, when 14 people died. But it was that, combined with the weather report on the 10 o’clock news the night before the deaths, that was enough to make me second-guess the outcome.

This afternoon, deja vu. Such a nice sunny early afternoon. It’s a bit too breezy. On the west horizon, on the south side of the Colorado River, near Horse Mountain, at the east end of the Grand Hogback, is a similar, but more intense cloud than the one I saw almost eight years ago.

Pray that in this dry and vulnerable season, that the fires are few, and the lessons from past experiences are heeded. Man-made fires are preventable, and therefore inexcusable. Has anyone seen any lightning?

Sincerely,

Fred Stewart

Glenwood Springs


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