They sound rather low. “Some people didn’t think they could make it," he said. Thus far this year, 46,148 wildfires have burned more than 13,000 square miles, almost 3,300 square miles above the 10-year average. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. An air quality advisory was issued for the entire county. I’ve never been through anything like that.”. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Helicopters rescue 23 people, 3 dogs from Colorado's Ice Fire as 'devastating' blazes rage, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Protesting America's past? Probably drills from Buckley AFB, id assume they run them often. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will be visible across the Colorado Springs area, and increased noise is expected. I am former military, it’s not typical for them to fly so low over the population. "Warm and dry conditions will continue over much of the Southwest, Great Basin and California," the agency said. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! By Kieran Nicholson | knicholson@denverpost.com | The Denver Post September 5, 2019 at 8:45 p.m. About 25 unarmed helicopters from Fort Carson will be in flight Friday morning over … A debate is raging inside Young Life as the Colorado-based ministry faces backlash over LGBTQ policy, Colorado grocery workers worry as Thanksgiving shoppers crowd stores, Guest commentary: A concerned public needs more information on reasons for COVID restrictions, Denver Health retaliated against those who spoke out about systemic racism and COVID-19, whistleblower complaint alleges. He and the other hikers grouped together to decide whether to try to find a way to hike out of the area or wait for help. A cyclist and pedestrians use a path near the overlook along Highway 36 as a smoke plume grow as several wildfires burn in northern and western Colorado and smoke funnels on to the eastern plains Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, near Boulder, Colo. Onlookers gather at the overlook along Highway 36 to watch a smoke plume grow as several wildfires burn in northern and western Colorado, sending smoke on to the eastern plains, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, near Boulder, Colo. Keeler: Jeff Bridich is a coward. pic.twitter.com/OwWn5UZI7W. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Nicholson has covered a variety of beats including suburbs, courts, crime and general assignment. An air wing unit is running drills in preparation for deployment. Smoke from the fire was visible for miles around, and it hung like thick smog over the county seat of Silverton. The copters will take off from Fort Carson, fly east toward Fountain, north to the Air Force Academy and south back to the Army base. Same here. Thanks. This handout satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows the Cameron Peak Fire that continues to burn and spread dense smoke over the Front Range of northern Colorado on Oct. 16, 2020. A resident looks out from his porch at the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, as it burns outside Estes Park, Colo. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Tourists take photos of the smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire drifting across the sky Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at the welcome sign to the town of Estes Park, Colo. So low it shakes the house. I live in skyland, right off downtown and I think we got 4 or 4 passes by 1, super low and loud! Almost two dozen hikers were airlifted to safety after a wildfire broke out in a recreation area in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, the latest in a series of fires raging for months across Colorado and the parched West. Helicopters rescue 23 people, 3 dogs from Colorado's Ice Fire as 'devastating' blazes rage, U.S. Secretary of state joins 'Special Report' after returning from diplomatic trip to Middle East, The 'Special Report' All-Star panel reflects on what they are thankful for in 2020. About 30mins ago one was hovering pretty low for a good 2-3mins. Geo Heli Denver Helicopter Charters are a fast and convenient way to transport clients between tightly scheduled events, to convey wedding parties or guests to and from venues, to provide a family friendly afternoon sightseeing and touring area attractions, plus so much more! The weather forecast for much of the West wasn't helpful. Greg Anson told the Durango Herald he was on a day hike to Ice Lake when he noticed a “massive” plume of smoke. “It was crazy. I checked them out on the flight tracking radar. They weren't flying with announced call signs or flight paths. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire fills the sky outside Estes Park, Colo. on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. He should be thankful Rockies fans still care. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. While it could be drills, in my 9 years of living here I haven’t ever seen or heard them this many times in one night. The fire in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests was listed as 51% contained on Tuesday. Grew up next to Patrick AFB right on the beach...I thought the low flying was normal. We offer all kinds of exciting possibilities when you elect to fly with us! Complaints can be lodged with Fort Carson at 719-526-9849. ... all the time. Flames from the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, burn trees along a ridge outside Estes Park, Colo., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Airbus Helicopters has over 50 years of presence in Asia Pacific, with a strong customer centre network in countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore (serving 15 territories in Southeast Asia) South Korea and Thailand. ", No evacuations had been ordered in the sparsely populated county, but emergency management officials urged people in the Silverton area to "familiarize themselves with a ready, set, go evacuation plan." About 25 unarmed helicopters from Fort Carson will be in flight Friday morning over parts of El Paso County as part of a readiness exercise. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. : Cameron Peak, CalWood fires drive thousands from their homes in Colorado. Elsewhere in the state, the Cameron Peak Fire has burned more than 320 square miles in Larimer County since August and is the largest fire in Colorado history. Is the helicopter over Denver red, with a blue stripe and white on the back? 'Smoke coming from everywhere': Cameron Peak, Calwood fires roar in Colorado, "The area around Mineral Creek is so beautiful, and to see it in flames like this just destroys me," D'Amato said. Crazy! "Smoke will move toward areas immediately downwind to the east and southeast of the fire," the state Health Department warned. The squads generally include 20-22 firefighters sent to combat the most challenging sections of the nation's high-priority fires. The Cameron Peak wildfire, which already was the largest wildfire in the state's recorded history, topped the 200,000-acre mark Sunday, Oct. 18, to become the first known fire in colorado to grow to that proportion. Me either which is why I'm a bit curious. How wild will American politics get before the year ends? ", 'It just exploded': Cameron Peak, CalWood fires drive thousands from their homes in Colorado. ", Absolutely devastating watching the Ice Fire spread in the @SanJuanNF outside Silverton, Colorado. Because he's losing them by the day. In the end, four helicopters swept in and saved the day. The Sheriff's Department evacuated campers and hikers from the area, including 23 hikers and three dogs flown out via helicopters. 45th does so much training there it's like 24/7 traffic. A few hours later the blaze had burned 320 acres as the Forest Service deployed helicopters, tanker planes and a "hot shot" squad in an effort to contain the flames. "Absolutely devastating watching the Ice Fire spread in the @SanJuanNF. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. President Trump condemned a reporter after being asked if he would concede the election if the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden. DENVER — The helicopters seen and heard flying over the Denver metro area Wednesday night belong to the U.S. Army, which is conducting high altitude and urban training through Feb. 24. This is the best answer I can find. In the past I know they've run drills with the hospital for disaster relief, but it seems like an odd time of night for that, and when it happened last channel 9 notified the public. Man they used to rattle the hell out of Columbus when I was stationed at Benning. Two dozen helicopters from Fort Carson to fly…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window).