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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 21, 2014 - 12:07pm PT
Fire on horizon, not too worried.
Fire on horizon, not too worried.
Credit: donini
Neighbors helping, more worried.
Neighbors helping, more worried.
Credit: donini
First day battle, we think we're winning.
First day battle, we think we're winning.
Credit: donini
Night coming and fire nearest house seems subdued.
Night coming and fire nearest house seems subdued.
Credit: donini
Fire still burning on hillside above house.
Fire still burning on hillside above house.
Credit: donini
Things go to hell on second day and the fire is fast approaching by ni...
Things go to hell on second day and the fire is fast approaching by nightfall.
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Brush and trees cleared and house wetted down.
Brush and trees cleared and house wetted down.
Credit: donini
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Bomberos on scene, we fight the fire thru the night.
Bomberos on scene, we fight the fire thru the night.
Credit: donini
Phew!!! Close call, the fire nearly surrounded the house and came with...
Phew!!! Close call, the fire nearly surrounded the house and came within 25 feet. Still can't move home as army and bomberos put out hotspots and fight the fire now over the hill.
Credit: donini
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:13pm PT


Glad for you man, that your pad didn't fry...


;-)

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:15pm PT
Scary situation that could easily have had a worse ending...
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Now that must have been terrifying.

Glad to hear that you survived, and that your house is still there.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Havin fun yet Jim? LOL
was expectin a climbin or even fishin report.
Glad the fire missed your place!!!
Do you know what sparked it?
Tad
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
Wow Jim, glad you and Angela are OK.

Remember Sawmill Bench on the final morning?

Sorry to see the impact on your scenery, but at least now you will enjoy some further protection with so many fuels gone.
Get out there and reseed. In a few years it'll be beautiful.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
NICE protection job there JD!

And letting a creeping burn around the house was a help. Increases the "black".
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2014 - 12:29pm PT
Never a dull moment.....good climbing, firefighting and fishing.....what next?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
Wait a minute---No Wildfires Allowed in Paradise!!!

So glad that you were there to respond and that it missed your house. YIKES!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:42pm PT
Glad to hear you, Angela and your house are OK. Lucky you were there to help the defense. Must've been a long night.
You ask "What's next?"
Some R&R, a whiskey or two and creating some more defensible space.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:45pm PT
JD if i get the wildlands fuels manager job with carson fire, id be happy to consult you on defensible space, fuels, and flame lengths expected. ;-)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:47pm PT
yowza! Thats one reason I moved out of Whistler.

Of course, now I'm in a flood plain.

Hey at least all the fuels gone now?
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:49pm PT
Watch out for ash flows in the spring. Maybe scout some boulders too. A bivy by the water might be nice under certain conditions. Looking around might show you what happened in the past, and may occur in the future.

edit:

You may end up with a seasonal stream.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:50pm PT
always an adventure, eh?
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:52pm PT
Glad for the outcome, Jim. At first glance it looked like Jstan shoveling on your fire line.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:54pm PT
Wow, J-Do. This thread certainly got my attention first thing. Gripping even for us 6-7,000 miles away. Firefighting is such a panic; worse than laying concrete! Glad you, yours, and the property are okay.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:57pm PT
Jim: WOW! Glad you saved the house----and yourselves. Looks like that nearby trout-stream got toasted though.

Is Ruth's place OK?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 21, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
Tools to have handy: full length shovels and PULASKIS and a combi-tool or two....
Bldrjac

Ice climber
Boulder
Feb 21, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
Wow you guys!!! Sooooo glad you were spared.......whew! Thanks for posting up the pictures Jim......really exciting!
cheers,
Pam
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 21, 2014 - 02:11pm PT

Wow! So glad your place was saved, Jim, and no injuries.
Be careful!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 21, 2014 - 02:32pm PT
very scary--

looks a lot like cali fire regimes.

glad you all got out of this ok.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 21, 2014 - 02:33pm PT
btw, hard to tell from the photo, but that slope behind yr house looks steep enough to worry about slope stability once the rains come-- will they reseed?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 21, 2014 - 02:37pm PT
JD,, you should have thought about defensible space there.

This can be accomplished a number of ways. Shaded fuel breaks around the property for instance, where the small fuels are removed, grass trimmed with a weed eater etc. What this does is to reduce the heat and flame lengths in an approaching fire- making it easier to control through hand methods. Doesnt have to be a dug bulldozer line to get this affect. And it doesnt even have to look that un natural at the glance either. Food for thought.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Feb 21, 2014 - 03:00pm PT
Hey Jim,

Never a dull moment for you.

So glad things turned out O.K for you and Angela. Do you want the 2 feet of snow I've got around my house for a fire break?
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 21, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
Sound advice Ron.
Whew, glad your OK Jim.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 21, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
Hardcore. Glad the house and everybody in it survived.
MisterE

climber
Feb 21, 2014 - 03:25pm PT
Looks like a close one, Jim - glad the house is safe and hope you get home soon!

Erik
crunch

Social climber
CO
Feb 21, 2014 - 03:51pm PT
Wow! Quite a close call, indeed.

Hope you and Angela are all OK.

All the best,
Crusher
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Feb 21, 2014 - 04:19pm PT
I'm glad you, family, and your house made it through the fire!
Erik
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 21, 2014 - 04:25pm PT
25 feet from disaster is too close for comfort!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 21, 2014 - 04:39pm PT
Good Grief,

What a shock to see this! Glad you were there to protect and take command of the situation. Just sorry it happened. All is well on the home front. If I can do anything I would be happy to. Please let me know. Prayers, Lynne.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Feb 21, 2014 - 04:45pm PT
Wow. Glad you guys and your place are OK. See what happens when you climb on the Patagonian Devil's Tower.
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Feb 21, 2014 - 06:51pm PT
Glad your home survived, Jim. Must have been a struggle.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 21, 2014 - 07:22pm PT
Would have sucked if it had burned down before I had a chance to visit.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Feb 21, 2014 - 07:24pm PT
Fighting the good fight and winning is awesome. Congrats!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Feb 21, 2014 - 07:51pm PT
Holy Schitt, Jim! Glad to hear that both you and Angela are OK; also the house, but that's really less important than your own a$$ and that of your wife!
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Feb 21, 2014 - 07:56pm PT
Scary indeed! I like the sound of firefighters being called bomberos. I have visions of the fire being bombed with water. So glad you and Angela are ok !
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:19pm PT
"Would have sucked if it had burned down before I had a chance to visit."

x2!!!

Great comment.....
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:20pm PT
WOW! glad you guys are OK!
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:24pm PT
I am sorry for your near loss.

Moose

Glad you are OK!

Andrzej
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:27pm PT
Good job getting it good work on getting it contained. You guys are sure lucky, wildfires are immensely powerful.


Any idea how this started? Sorry if I missed it somewhere upthread.
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:28pm PT
DAMN.

Wow...


F*#kin A tweeety....
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:31pm PT
Glad all is well there. Been on The Yerian's butt to keep the house keeping up! Did I hear you say fishing, as in Tenkara? When you get back let's "hook up" and wet the lines Jim.
Peace
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:36pm PT
Oh my. Glad everyone is safe.

Susan
scooter

climber
fist clamp
Feb 21, 2014 - 08:48pm PT
My bet is Mr. Donini did a little more fire fighting than he is letting on!
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Feb 21, 2014 - 09:50pm PT
Glad you are both okay and were able to save your home.

Have you thought of building a defensible area around the home?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 22, 2014 - 02:52am PT
Jim-Does Lido have a casa near yours? ok?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 22, 2014 - 03:10am PT
Ringed around Donini's house
The fire chased the Yanqui
Our hero thought none of it fun
"Whew," goes Donini.

Ashes, ashes,
Don't fall down.

Nice catch, Jim!

God loves ya!

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 22, 2014 - 04:20am PT
hey there say, donini... oh my, very thankful for your saving of your home, :O

awful time facing such a fight... :(

sorry to hear this...


very glad you are okay... intense photos, but, thank you for sharing, as to the fight
to save your house... you are in my prayers...
jopay

climber
so.il
Feb 22, 2014 - 06:34am PT
That fire picked the wrong person to try and burn their house down, glad you prevailed.
Bill Thompson

Ice climber
Marquette
Feb 22, 2014 - 07:52am PT
Glad everything is ok!
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Feb 22, 2014 - 09:21am PT
Scary. Glad to you were able to keep the house safe.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Feb 22, 2014 - 10:02am PT
Just like in California.

Station Fire over Tujunga, Day 4
Station Fire over Tujunga, Day 4
Credit: Spider Savage
Captain...or Skully

climber
Feb 22, 2014 - 10:19am PT
The price for existing on the living Earth. I'm glad you & yours are ok.
chappy

Social climber
ventura
Feb 22, 2014 - 05:35pm PT
Close call Jim...glad you and Angela still have a Patagonia roof over your heads.
Chappy
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Feb 22, 2014 - 10:30pm PT
Scary stuff, faced quite a bit of that with my career.

Never had to defend my own home, can only image the thoughts going through your mind.

Glad you and your home stayed safe.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 22, 2014 - 11:02pm PT
Jim, if you can give us an update we would all appreciate.

Hope all is still fine with you, Angela and your neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all there in Pat.

Your Ouray Family
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 22, 2014 - 11:03pm PT
^^^
+1
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:21am PT
Yikes, glad you guys are OK!
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:43am PT
Kinda looks like a river of fire passed/flowed right by your house. Crazy!! Glad everyone and everything is ok?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2014 - 09:56am PT
Just got into Chile Chico a 100 K from the house. Went climbing at La Pyramide while the hot spots were put out. Should be able to move back in tomorrow....will keep you posted.

Everything is okay Lynne.

Yes Guido.....Lito's place is 1 K away, he's fine.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 23, 2014 - 02:41pm PT
Thanks for the update! All is well here also. In my opinion the weather has been fantastic and Our Three Best Friends are doing very well. Lynne
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Feb 25, 2014 - 04:36am PT
So glad to hear that it all turned out well for you, Jim and Angela.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 25, 2014 - 06:55am PT
Just saw this. Holy Moley!
Close one!
Glad it worked out!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 25, 2014 - 12:11pm PT
Now Jim knows what those of us who have lived a lifetime proving it know -
it is better to be lucky than good, sometimes.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2014 - 02:41pm PT
Moved back today.
Cath

Mountain climber
Descanso,CA
Mar 5, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
You are not done yet. There will be mud flow the next time it rains heavily. Dig a trench above your house directing the water and mud away from the house. Then dig another one above that. Voice of experience.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Mar 5, 2014 - 04:39pm PT
Welcome home Jim!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 5, 2014 - 07:50pm PT
hey there say, ... cath... a voice of experience is great to hear...

thanks for posting here...
you remind of many years of sound advice from my daddy... (he recently died) ...

this is how we learn, in the world, by the experiences of others...


donini! wow, glad to see you are back home now, :)
god bless! hope you will do well, through those rains when they come...
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