GRANDBY, Colo. — Imagine trying to outrun an inferno and three trees fall on the only road out. That’s what Mike Darrah had to contend with Wednesday.
The Trail Creek Estates homeowner said he received a pre-evacuation order Thursday, Oct. 15, so he and his wife drove up from Boulder County to pack a few things and put them in storage.
He said he went back up Saturday to help neighbors with their horses and other belongings and stayed through Wednesday when it “started getting smoky.”
Soon, he could see flames moving through the entire valley. He will likely never forget the sound.
“It was like a freight train,” he said, “the proverbial freight train, with the wind blowing.”
Darrah said he saw “swirling sparks” across the street, the entire area on fire.
“When I say on fire, it was from the ground all the way up 90-foot pine trees. It was that fast,” he said.
Darrah told Denver7 he grabbed a few items from his house and started to drive out, only to be stopped by three Aspen trees which had blown over, blocking his way out.
He got out the chain saw he said he keeps for such an occasion.
“I’m pulling and pulling trying to prime it. It would just sputter but it wouldn’t get going,” he said.
Just as he was about the leave his truck and trailer behind and hoof it out of the neighborhood, a forest service employee