Family watches as wildfire comes dangerously close to home
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Even by Jeep, getting to the top of Milner Mountain isn’t easy. At around 7,000 feet above sea level, the views are expansive.
That’s the White family goes to the top of the mountain every day since the fire started.
“Well, we’ll be able to see Mom and Dad’s house here in a minute,” said Dennis White. ”I hate to say it, but I’ve been in tears all day. It’s home. It’s where I’ve been my whole life and, it’s tough.”
With binoculars in hand we hiked to the top of the mountain and to one of the most spectacular views in Colorado.
“44 years we’ve lived up there,” said White. “If you look right up there and where the black smoke is, that’s where my parent’s house is.”
Coming here isn’t fun for White, but he has no choice. As the fire comes over the mountain, it’s about 100 yards from his parents’ home.
“I was raised in the mountains with horses and that’s where I wanted my kids and so when you see something coming this close, it’s pretty scary.”
White monitors the flames every day and alerts his parents. He fears as the fire moves quickly, his parents’ home will be one of the next to go.
On Monday night the fire line advanced dangerously close.