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Old 06-02-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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There is presently a wildfire burning about 15 miles southwest of Creede, CO. To date it has burned between 75 to 100 acres. While threatening some homes, thus far no structures have burned.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, there are presently two substantial wildfires burning.

The smaller of the two, the Thompson Ridge Fire, near Jemez Springs in the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque, has grown to about two square miles as of Saturday night. Between 40 to 50 homes have been evacuated.

The larger wildfire is burning along the Pecos River, about 25 miles east of Santa Fe, NM. This Tres Lagunas Fire has of Saturday night burned nearly 10 square miles. It has resulted in numerous evacuations of both residents as well as campers in the area. The one dead-end access road into the area, NM 63, has been closed to the public, with the wildfire having crossed and burning directly on either side of the road.

Areas such as Las Vegas, NM are most likely to be affected by smoke from this wildfire. Although with shifting winds residents in Santa Fe, Pecos, and Española have been advised to possibly stay indoors and limited physical activity outdoors.

 
Old 06-03-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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Is there a fire thread yet? Apparently Evergreen is being evacuated.

Fire burning in the Evergreen foothills, evacuations ordered - The Denver Post
 
Old 06-03-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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From the Cortez Courier:

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A sudden lightning storm Monday afternoon sparked eight spot fires in and around the Cedar Mesa neighborhood across U.S. 160 from Mesa Verde National Park. Three fires were on public lands, including one in Weber Canyon. Montezuma County sheriff deputies were going door to door issuing pre-evacuation orders, but Sheriff Dennis Spruell said he did not expect evacuations to take place. Mancos Fire Chief Tony Aspromonte reported that the fires were being contained as of 3 p.m.
Doesn't sound too bad right now, but we are under a red flag fire advisory. Temps in upper 80's and gusty winds.
 
Old 06-03-2013, 06:15 PM
 
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Is there a fire thread yet? Apparently Evergreen is being evacuated.

Fire burning in the Evergreen foothills, evacuations ordered - The Denver Post
It now has a name, the Bluebell Fire. Latest updates here.

Pix of fire here.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:30 AM
 
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KREX News 5 Grand Junction has repported in the morning news that the U.S. Weather Bureau in Durango states there was over 250 cloud to ground lightning strikes in the area the last couple days. Areas affected the most are Cedar Mesa and Weber Mountain. There also are small fires near Dolores, Mesa Verde National Park, and Towaoc, a small Ute community at the base of Sleeping Ute Mountain southwest of Cortez.

We haven't been doing too bad so far over here but the conditions in my area (Mesa County) are somewhat worrisome, pretty much dry and windy conditions. A couple different times yesterday afternoon we had 30-40 m.p.h. winds blow for several minutes at a time.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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Wink Welcome to a new normal

'Early fires, such as Powerhouse, or monster-fires, which consume tens of thousands of acres in record time, were now the new normal, Tidwell said.

"It's hard for the average member of the public to understand how things have changed," Tidwell said.
[1]



Thomas Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, told a U.S. Senate committee that the wildfire season is two months longer than it was 40 years ago. Furthermore, that due hotter drier conditions because of climate change that these wildfires burn twice as much land as before.

Aside from the large Powerhouse Fire north of Los Angeles, CA, wildfires are presently burning in Alaska, New Mexico and Colorado. The Forest Service expects an active 2013 fire season. Aside from the Southwest, states such as Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington are forecast to be affected.

Forester Tidwell said that mega fires are the new normal. For instance:
"Ten years ago in New Mexico outside Los Alamos we had a fire get started. Over seven days, it burned 40,000 acres. In 2011, we had another fire. Las Conchas. It also burned 40,000 acres. It did it in 12 hours," he went on.' [1]
The Forest Service has almost doubled its fire fighting budget, from $540 million in 2000 to one billion last year. This at the expense of other Forest Service programs from whose funds this money taken. Yet due budgetary cutbacks (think Washington, D.C. sequester) this likely active wildfire season will see fewer firefighters on the lines; the Forest Service employed 10,480 firefighters last year, and will have less than 10,000 this.


1) 'Climate change causing US wildfire season to last longer, Congress told,' The Guardian
Climate change causing US wildfire season to last longer, Congress told | World news | guardian.co.uk
 
Old 06-11-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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Default 2013 Fires

Two new today. People be CAREFUL.
 
Old 06-11-2013, 03:02 PM
 
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Two fires burning now. Strong winds, possibly even Gale Force (34+ MPH) gusts at times. Humidity in single digits.

EDIT: 3:15 PM, a third fire now burning, see below.

1. Fire near Royal Gorge, south of US-50, now 80-100 acres. Canon City isn't impacted. Yet. Highway 50 just got closed in both directions, west of Canon City to Cotopaxi.

2. Fire in Black Forest, area near Shoup and Milam Rd, north and east of Pine Creek HS, which is my neighborhood. The wind is blowing it AWAY from us, to the north and east. It's a heavily wooded area, lots of fuel. Black smoke is when it's burning the sap in the trees.

3. Fire now reported west of La Veta, near an area called Middle Creek. EDIT: 3:30PM Immediate Evacuation ordered for residents of Middle Creek area.

Given the wind, we can expect more fires around the region.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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There's also The Big Meadows fire burning on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park; first reported yesterday.
 
Old 06-11-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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And another near La Veta.
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