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Old 07-10-2018, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Seems we have one or two new fires and have extinguished zero. The Spring fire is still raging in many locations covering many square miles. In two trips through the huge burn area, I seen a total of one helicopter in the air.

Lots of manpower watching the blazes. I offered to help a local firefighter and have heard nothing. Having been a volunteer firefighter with a score of 96 on the exam, I probably have nothing to offer. There are certainly many rules.

The Spring fire will rage until rain puts it out by my estimation. That could be a long time indeed. With both sides of Hwy 160 being burned for miles, the local economy will suffer for some time.
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Old 07-10-2018, 02:54 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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DENVER — An illegal campfire likely ignited another destructive blaze in Colorado, an outcome authorities were trying to avoid across the hot, dry U.S. West by enforcing strict fire rules and closing some public lands.
Several people have been arrested in two Colorado wildfires that burned homes after ignoring local and federal restrictions on campfires, target shooting and other activities aimed at combating and avoiding explosive blazes across the U.S. region.
Parts of Colorado and other Western states have been grappling with heat and severe drought. In Arizona, large swaths of national forests and state trust land have been closed since before Memorial Day, while some national forests in New Mexico are opening up after rain helped ease fire danger that kept popular trails and camping spots off limits for weeks.
A national forest in Colorado fully closed last month for the first time in 16 years to prevent new wildfires started by people. And Rocky Mountain National Park imposed a ban on all campfires starting Friday because of the risk of having a new fire start with firefighters already busy.
Investigators announced Monday that three people were arrested on suspicion of starting a campfire and leaving it unattended in Colorado's south-central mountains, sparking a blaze that destroyed at least eight homes.
The sheriff's office in Teller County, which has a fire ban, did not release other details about the allegations against David Renfrow, 23; Kegan Owens, 19; and a 17-year-old boy. Renfrow and Owens were in jail, and it wasn't clear if they had lawyers. They have not been formally charged yet.
It comes a week after a man was arrested on suspicion of starting the state's third-largest wildfire in recorded history by not fully extinguishing an illegal fire pit. It has destroyed more than 130 homes in southern Colorado, but firefighters have made significant progress against the 168-square-mile (435-square-kilometer) fire.
Flames sparked in ski country also have led authorities to issue arrest warrants for two people at a shooting range accused of using tracer ammunition, which illuminates the path of fired bullets and is always banned at state ranges regardless of fire conditions. Prosecutors say one of the rounds ignited vegetation on July 3.
The blaze destroyed three homes about 20 miles from Aspen, and other shooting ranges have temporarily closed because of fire danger.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:28 PM
 
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According to the KKCO-11 noon news, Red Mountain Pass had re-opened this morning after a mudslide had it shut down last night.



Mesa County is still toasty, 101 at my house right now, will be close to 100 for the rest of the week. At least we haven't had any winds the last couple days.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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According to the KKCO-11 noon news, Red Mountain Pass had re-opened this morning after a mudslide had it shut down last night.
AKA: the flammable material has already burned for the most part.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:59 PM
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Mesa County is still toasty, 101 at my house right now, will be close to 100 for the rest of the week. At least we haven't had any winds the last couple days.

104 at my house no wind yet.
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:03 PM
 
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AKA: the flammable material has already burned for the most part.

A bad combination, Manitou Springs and U.S. highway 24 from a couple years ago comes to mind. In this case, I think an awful lot of rock came down with the mud, one of the nastier spots is where the snowshed was built several years ago about 6 miles south of Ouray.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Possibly good news for the Spring fire which is already the second largest in Colorado history. Several days with rain are expected. Little bit fell today.

Most of Forbes Park burned to the ground. Costilla County will be bleeding for awhile. My three lots for sale were going to save me this year and next. If half that rain falls, there is strong hope.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:47 PM
 
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Looks like flames aren't the only thing to worry about. Seriously, is this thing real?

Beware of wildlife fleeing wildfire areas, like giant snakes! - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Looks like flames aren't the only thing to worry about. Seriously, is this thing real?

Beware of wildlife fleeing wildfire areas, like giant snakes! - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo
Seems to be. Didn't know they got that big. At least it would be easier to see.

Now we have wind gusts up to 15 mph. Could be a bad night.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:23 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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Firefighters in northwestern Colorado are making good progress on containing active fires in the area. We had more lightning last night and expect to see a few more pop up this afternoon.
Firefighters increased containment of the 1,400-acre Fawn Fire to 75 percent. It is burning in pinyon-juniper in a rugged, remote area of the Piceance Basin about 30 miles southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. No structures are immediately threatened. Fawn Fire updates are available at ...https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5906/.
The 91-acre Sprague Fire 20 miles southwest of Meeker near Rio Blanco County Road 5 has not grown since making an active run last night. The 76-acre Smith Fire eight miles north of Meeker also has not grown since last night.
A type 2 incident management team will assume management of Fawn, Sprague and Smith fires tomorrow. This will free local resources to focus on potential new fires.
Firefighters were able to keep the 620-acre Skunk Creek Fire from burning south towards Bakers Peak and Wilderness Ranch yesterday. It is now 60 percent contained. It also has grown very little since last night. It is burning in rugged terrain in oak brush and sage 30 miles north of Craig near the Wyoming border. The latest information on the Skunk Creek Fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5908/.


Several small fires near Ridgway quickly extinguished. And near Grand Junction and Glade Park.
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