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FROM READERS: Wildfire smoking out Colorado Springs

By JAKE SHERLOCK/MISSOURIAN READER
June 27, 2012 | 1:08 p.m. CDT
Jake Sherlock took this photo of the smoke cloud visible from downtown Colorado Springs about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from the roof of his workplace, the Money Museum.

Jake Sherlock is the communications coordinator for the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs and is a former Opinion and News editor for the Columbia Missourian. He is a witness to the drought-fueled wildfires in the Colorado Springs area.

The above photo was taken about 4:30 p.m. MDT Tuesday from the roof of my employer, the Money Museum in downtown Colorado Springs. The fire, as you probably know, jumped a ridge and started coming down the mountains and into the northwest section of Colorado Springs. The photo shows the smoke cloud that was visible from downtown.

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I live more in the center of town, so my home isn't in any danger. But the smoke here in town is pretty thick and is causing issues for anyone with respiratory issues. We have about 32,500 total displaced between Colorado Springs and unincorporated El Paso County.

The photo below was taken June 27 around noon — less smoke, but more clouds are visible. We are hoping for rain with no wind, thunder or lightning.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.