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Old 07-18-2012, 08:57 PM
Status: "More snow please" (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Madison, WI Metro Area
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It appears the heat is building yet again in Colorado. That can't be a good thing at all. Above average temperatures always yield an increase in evapotranspiration.

 
Old 07-18-2012, 11:06 PM
 
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The fires are back too, according to the 10:00 news on KKCO, Grand Junction's NBC affiliate. The Brush Creek Fire started this afternoon and is at 100 acres. It is located thirty miles south of Douglas Pass, which connects the Grand Junction area to Rangely and Craig. It is on BLM land and nine structures are threatened. The other one is the Williams fire near Hayden (between Craig and Steamboat Springs.) It is over 100 acres, no structures threatened at this time. This one is on private land.
 
Old 07-18-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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"They'll figure out something," shows a touching faith in "them" and what appears to be a stunning unwillingness to see a problem *now*. I've heard people say the same thing about overpopulation, "They'll figure out a way to live on other planets," "They'll figure out a way to tow icebergs around the world for drinking water." Never saw such a faith in "them" that isn't warranted. Frankly, I do hope "they" figure out ways to fix problems, but I'd sure hate to sit around waiting for "their" epiphany about anything.
 
Old 07-19-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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It appears the heat is building yet again in Colorado. That can't be a good thing at all. Above average temperatures always yield an increase in evapotranspiration.
Am watching Fox31 this morning and they're saying the 5 day forecast for the Denver area is temps in the 95 to 100 degree range through the weekend. Same for my area.
 
Old 07-22-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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We had a pretty good size amount of monsoon come through here yesterday afternoon. I suspected possible problems as there was little rain, 30 mph winds, and a lot of cloud to ground lightning strikes. And KKCO11 News confirmed it- several small fires are near the Colorado-Utah border, a few miles south of Rabbit Valley, on the south side of I-70. One of them is at 100 acres. Fortunately crews got there early this morning; it's called the Wrigley fire.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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Wink Wildfire near Durango

Apparently from a lightening strike, and reported about noon Sunday, the Air Park Fire is currently about 514 acres and zero percent contained. It is located a few miles southwest of Durango.
1) 'Firefighters on Air Park Fire fear afternoon winds,' The Durango Herald
The Durango Herald 07/23/2012 | Firefighters on Air Park Fire fear afternoon winds
 
Old 07-31-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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Wink Some wildfire aftereffects

"In addition to Colorado and New Mexico, burned-area response specialists are working in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming to finalize contracts for seeding and mulching, stabilize roads and trails, prep culverts for higher flows of water and put up warning signs." [1]

Of interest perhaps, an article on some of the aftereffects of wildfires, with areas in Colorado mentioned specifically.

Among that touched upon, that about 20% of this nation's water supply comes from national forests and grasslands. For every 10% loss of forest in a watershed the cost of treating drinking water rises by 20%.

Denver Water has been working in partnership with the Forest Service to restore and otherwise preserve its mountain watersheds. Wildfires can result in expenses for such as sediment control structures, dredging, bigger drainage pipes, planting new trees, etc.

If not mentioned by name, perhaps the Cache la Poudre River referred to as—in being prized for rapids, pristine water and trout—now running as an "oily, black brew" after every rain.


1) 'Western wildfire recovery likely to take years,' The Seattle Times
Western wildfire recovery likely to take years | Nation & World | The Seattle Times
 
Old 08-03-2012, 11:08 AM
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Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Exclamation Pueblo County, city fire restrictions lifted

Some good news at least for Pueblo county as the fire restrictions have been lifted.

This is from the Pueblo Chieftain:


Sheriff Kirk Taylor announced that all fire restrictions for Pueblo County will be lifted at 5 p.m. today. Pueblo Fire Chief Chris Riley also is lifting all remaining fire restrictions within the city limits, according to a joint statement from the sheriff's office and city fire department. That means residents in Pueblo County now will be able to have outdoor fires for agricultural needs, yard debris and recreation.


The link: Pueblo County, city fire restrictions lifted at 5 p.m. - Pueblo Chieftain: Local News
 
Old 08-10-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Bringing the fire situation up to date here.

The Cathedral fire has just started, 5 miles north of the Piceance State Wildlife Area. So far 40 acres are burned. Several structures are threatened but none have burned. cause is lightning.

Puddin Ridge fire is 15 miles from the Cathedral fire, thankfully only 5 acres burned here.
 
Old 08-10-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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After all the drama 2 months ago, fire season petered out.
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