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    Posted June 27, 2012 by
    Boulder, Colorado
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Colorado and Utah wildfires

    jjagogo and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Western wildfires
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    Boulder Flagstaff Fire Time Lapse


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jjagogo documented this time-lapse of the Flagstaff fire from the third story of a roof deck in Boulder, Colorado. "I don't remember seeing this many fires before, especially this early in the summer," he says. "It was really close to the city. If it was one ridge over it would've been quite a disaster." The time lapse was captured on June 26. Notice the dry thunderstorm that builds throughout the time-lapse as well as the lightning strike that occurs at the five-minute mark; it provides a nice example of how these fires get started.
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    This is a time lapse of the Flagstaff fire in Boulder taken from a third story roof deck on the Pearl St mall on Tuesday June 26th. Near the end of the time lapse a dramatic shift in the wind is seen as a thunderstorm rolls through the area. Very little rain was produced by the storm, but it looks like the shift in winds may have pushed the fire back on itself.

    Boulder has seen very little moisture in the last few months and in recent days the temperatures have been in the hundreds with humidity in the low 10s or even single digits. This fire was probably started by dry lighting from a small storm that occurred around 1pm. I happened to be driving south bound around this time and saw several strikes in the general area of the fire.

    More thunderstorms are forecast for the next few days, unfortunately we seem to be getting hardly any rain, not even enough to turn on the windshield wipers. Several fires broke out today in the Colorado front range, it appears this will continue to happen until we get a change in weather that brings some significant moisture.
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