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Old 06-09-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: on a hill
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Yep, and it's grown from 200 to 3000 acres in just a few hours. I know this area well. Unlike the Stuart Hole fire, which was in dispersed Ponderosa/Juniper wooodland, this one is in lots of overgrown thick timber. This blaze is gonna be tough.

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Old 06-10-2012, 12:51 AM
 
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I just looked at the NPR website and apparently the Greeley NPR station KUNC (91.5 FM) is off the air as the radio transmitter tower is on Buckhorn Mountain, which I believe is right in the middle of this mess.

At last press release this fire is up to nearly 8000 acres with 0% containment.
 
Old 06-10-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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I still think that most people do not understand the severity of the drought/fire situation in Colorado. This latest fire is a great example. In the area west of Fort Collins where it is located, June is typically the wettest month of the summer, with precipitation trailing off from then to September in a normal year. The fact that there has been little rain there this month is very sobering harbinger for what the rest of the summer may bring.

I mentioned in another thread that it is the westward expansion of the Bermuda High that brings summer precipitation to Colorado. Typically, it begins to impact the Eastern Plains and northern Front Range by May, the remainder of the Front Range by June. By early July, it is supplying moisture to south central and southwestern Colorado, reaching a peak there in August (this is what is commonly referred to as the "Southwest Monsoon," but it is the Bermuda High that causes it). As it does so, however, its effects on the Eastern Plains and Front Range begins to diminish. I was optimistic earlier this past week that the rains in Colorado Springs indicated that the Bermuda High was proceeding on its westward march. However, even in a normal year, the High oscillates, advancing and retreating during its westward progression--that is why, even during the wettest period of summer, rain may not be a daily occurrence in any given area of Colorado. Unfortunately, it appears that the Bermuda High so far this summer is weak--lacking sufficient strength to advance west and stay there. The cold front that has dropped temperatures across Colorado today is indicative of that--it has pushed the Gulf moisture carried on the winds of the Bermuda High far east of Colorado. The cooler temperatures are welcome, but the cold front is dry.

The truly nightmare scenario for this fire season in Colorado would be a weak Bermuda High and Southwest Monsoon following on the heels of a viciously dry winter and spring, but--so far--it appears like that may be exactly what we get. That would set the table for a fire season that few, if any, living people in Colorado have ever seen.
 
Old 06-10-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Default High Park Fire

The Boulder Daily Camera has coverage of the fire.

With these strong north winds today, we're getting smoke here in COLO SPGS from that fire.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Default High Park Fire Has Now Burned 14,000 Acres

Whoa. Now it's at 14,000 acres as of 12 minutes ago.

InciWeb the Incident Information System: High Park Fire


Blessings (or whatever your chosen form of encouragement and highest concern) on our firefighters and evacuating residents.
 
Old 06-10-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Whoa. Now it's at 14,000 acres as of 12 minutes ago.

InciWeb the Incident Information System: High Park Fire


Blessings (or whatever your chosen form of encouragement and highest concern) on our firefighters and evacuating residents.
Wow! That's a big one!
 
Old 06-10-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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This is close to megafire status. It's a monster now, and will probably do what it wants to do until substancial moisture arrives...whenever that will be. Pray for rain.
 
Old 06-10-2012, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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Now evacuating Horsetooth Reservoir complete evac under way! Campgrounds and the lake its self

High Park Fire (Was Rist canyon wild fire) - Page 5 - The RadioReference.com Forums

Have had many good times there fishing with my Grandpa many years ago.

My heart goes out to all including the wildlife.

Live scanner feed

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=7897
 
Old 06-10-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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The High Park fire has now consumed 20,000 acres and is still 0% contained.
 
Old 06-11-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Am watching Fox 31 morning news which we get here in Mesa County and this fire has busted wide open. It is now up to 36,000 acres.

0% containment
18 structures destroyed
1 person missing and presumed dead
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