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Old 06-27-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Two small fires reported in the foothills. One 5 miles NW of Central City yesterday Gilpin County authorities respond to new wildfire - The Denver Post
I have yet to find an update on that one.
One up Coal Creek Canyon today, 75% contained: Lillis Lane fire in Coal Creek Canyon in Jeffco at 75 percent containment - Boulder Daily Camera
There hasn't been any "weather" to speak of in the past week... there was some lightning over a week ago.
Update: both fires fully contained thank goodness. The fire near Central City is suspected to be human caused.

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Old 06-27-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Anyone know if the Castle rock fires are house fires or wildfires?
Castle Rock firefighters battle two blazes - The Denver Post
 
Old 06-27-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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Anyone know if the Castle rock fires are house fires or wildfires?
Castle Rock firefighters battle two blazes - The Denver Post
7NEWS - Passing trains blamed for starting two wildfires in Castle Rock - News Story
 
Old 06-27-2013, 10:51 PM
 
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Wink Big Meadows Fire (in RMNP) continues

The Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park is said to be 95% contained, after having burned 617 acres on the west side of RMNP, about 4.5 miles north of Grand Lake.

Planned actions are downgrading it, and beyond that installing a remote camera and staffing the Shadow Mountain Lookout towards daily monitoring.

But for the record, this wildfire is most definitely NOT out. Smoke from this wildfire, while not severe, was visible from the east side of RMNP today.

This wildfire has spread principally east from Big Meadows up along the course of Tonahutu Creek. That which runs into Grand Lake, and that water in part via the Big Thompson Diversion to such communities as Fort Collins.
 
Old 06-28-2013, 02:18 AM
 
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East Peak Fire is almost out, little or no smoke. Real good rain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains tonight . Lot's of lightning too .
 
Old 06-29-2013, 04:16 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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East Peak Fire is almost out, little or no smoke. Real good rain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains tonight . Lot's of lightning too .
BTW, not to be confused with the East Fork fire which as of 5 hours ago had been only 5% contained.
The East Fork Fire is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Montrose in the Mesa/Uncompahgre/Gunnison National Forest.
 
Old 06-29-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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Wink West Fork Complex Fire update

US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass was reopened to public travel (for now, and pending future wildfire developments) early this morning (Saturday). There was talk, previously, of using pilot cars, and that mandatory. As no mention of this now, this may not be the case. Although apparently motorists are urged not to stop to take pictures of the wildfire.

The evacuation of South Fork has been largely lifted. It has been about one week since it was instituted, with residents, and all vacation visitors, out of their homes (or tent, cabin, etc., as case may be). This change apparently does not extend to areas west of CO 149, such as Masonic Park. Seemingly only areas west of the Rio Grande River are still evacuated, but since most all of Masonic Park is three-quarters encircled by this river just to the east of it, presumably most of that community still affected.

For those thinking of travel to the area, there is said to still be heavy smoke affecting such as South Fork. Those susceptible or otherwise not liking this may wish to wait.

The West Fork Complex Fire has thus far burned 90,806 acres. The largest of these three wildfires, the West Fork Fire, and that threatening South Fork, seems to have for now stabilized in its perimeter. The concern of late has been with another of these wildfires, the Papoose Fire, situated southwest of Creede, as close to and possibly threatening the water quality of the Rio Grande Reservoir, as well integrity of various residences in the area.

There was a 1/4 inch of rain in the area on Friday, with that much again expected today. This has surely helped, and most welcome. Thunderstorms are possible through at least the middle of next week.
 
Old 06-30-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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There are some lessons here with the West Fork Complex, but no one likely wants to hear them. The fire has burned around 90,000 acres of dead spruce, which, over time will reinvigorate what has been a very sick forest. It has done so without burning any structures. While a bit of that might be attributed to good firefighting, the main reason is that THE AREA ISN'T CRAMMED WITH STUPID DEVELOPMENT THAT PUT STRUCTURES IN HARM'S WAY. Now, contrast this with what is going to happen when (notice I did not say "if") a major fire lights up in the dead and dying lodgepole forests of Summit County in the I-70 Sacrifice Zone. There the result will be much more dramatic, with hundreds (hell, maybe thousands) of structures burned, with significant potential for injuries and loss of human life. Unlike the West Fork fires, where the damage to watersheds will "only" plague agricultural interests and a few small communities (the story of that being buried in the back pages of the metro newspapers), a West Fork-size fire up in the Summit/Lake/Grand County "dead zone" of lodgepole could potentially taint the water supplies for a good chunk of the metro areas for up to several years. As the modern slang saying goes, "Then what, b**ches?"

Inherent in all of this is inevitability. I knew at least four or five years ago that the area of the West Fork fire was going to burn sooner or later. Anyone with a scintilla of forestry background could see that. The lodgepole forests of central and northern Colorado are even more predisposed to that same outcome--and there is not a damned thing we can do about it. They will "light up", it's only a question of where, how, and when.
 
Old 06-30-2013, 11:21 PM
 
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Wink Tragedy

If not entirely topical to Colorado, it might be remembered that fire fighting is a difficult and potentially dangerous enterprise.

19 members of the Prescott Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshots team were killed today, Sunday, in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. This wildfire is located near Yarnell, a relatively short distance southwest of Prescott, AZ.

This would be the greatest tragedy and loss of firefighters since 1933, when 25 were killed in L.A.'s Griffith Park Fire.

In Colorado, the 1994 South Canyon Fire resulted in the deaths of 14 firefighters on Storm King Mountain, near Glenwood Springs.
 
Old 07-01-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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There are some lessons here with the West Fork Complex, but no one likely wants to hear them. The fire has burned around 90,000 acres of dead spruce, which, over time will reinvigorate what has been a very sick forest. It has done so without burning any structures. While a bit of that might be attributed to good firefighting, the main reason is that THE AREA ISN'T CRAMMED WITH STUPID DEVELOPMENT THAT PUT STRUCTURES IN HARM'S WAY. Now, contrast this with what is going to happen when (notice I did not say "if") a major fire lights up in the dead and dying lodgepole forests of Summit County in the I-70 Sacrifice Zone. There the result will be much more dramatic, with hundreds (hell, maybe thousands) of structures burned, with significant potential for injuries and loss of human life. Unlike the West Fork fires, where the damage to watersheds will "only" plague agricultural interests and a few small communities (the story of that being buried in the back pages of the metro newspapers), a West Fork-size fire up in the Summit/Lake/Grand County "dead zone" of lodgepole could potentially taint the water supplies for a good chunk of the metro areas for up to several years. As the modern slang saying goes, "Then what, b**ches?"

Inherent in all of this is inevitability. I knew at least four or five years ago that the area of the West Fork fire was going to burn sooner or later. Anyone with a scintilla of forestry background could see that. The lodgepole forests of central and northern Colorado are even more predisposed to that same outcome--and there is not a damned thing we can do about it. They will "light up", it's only a question of where, how, and when.
Its like that in every state, even the one you moved to I am sure. There are areas that are populated and areas that are not. When a fire hits the more populated area more structures get burnt. Its a fact of life.
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