Amongst the many fires raging in the west today is the Flagstaff Fire near Boulder, CO. This one is near-and-dear to many atmospheric scientists as it is immediately west of the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesa Laboratory and threatens the homes of some colleagues. Below is a time lapse of the fire taken by jjagogo, a CNN iReporter.
The Mesa Lab is an iconic I.M. Pei designed building that was once featured in the Woody Allen movie Sleeper.
The lab is closed today due to the fire, and major supercomputers and data storage that are used by atmospheric scientists around the world are presently offline. This is a minor inconvenience, however, given the threats to homes and property near Boulder, Colorado, and elsewhere in the Southwest.