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Old 05-28-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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Well, so far today, about the worst fire weather one can think of: temperatures in the low 90's at the lower elevations, humidity down in the single digits, and the wind gusting to over 40 mph. Now all we need are some liquored-up Memorial Day weekend "celebrants" to get careless with fire and we may be off to the races.

Clear this morning, now the Utah dust is starting to move in again. Nasty thing about that Utah dust--if it blows up into the higher mountains and settles on the remaining snowpack, it actually does darken it just enough to make it absorb more solar heat and melt faster.
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:56 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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FINAL NEWS RELEASE

Norwood, Colo. – Fire crews continue to secure the perimeter of the Beaver Fire. The fire weather
during the last few days has been a good test to determine that the fire crews’ efforts should keep the
fire from growing. There is a Red Flag Warning in the area again today due to warm weather, low
relative humidity and gusty winds. However, officials do not anticipate the warning to affect the fire’s
size. As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the recent increase in fire activity around the
country provides a good reminder to be cautious with all fire in the outdoors.
On Saturday the Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team-B will transition the incident to
a Type III fire management organization. Throughout today members of the Type III organization will
shadow with members of Todd Pechota’s team. “One of our main objectives is to transition this
incident in a smooth and safe manner. It has been a pleasure working with the Norwood Ranger
District, Uncompahgre Field Office, all participating agencies and the Norwood community” stated
Incident Commander Todd Pechota.
In fire, we all work together. Local, state, tribal and federal firefighters all work together around the
nation to keep the public safe and natural resources protected. Pooling our strengths, resources and
experience improves our effectiveness and keeps costs down.
On behalf of the entire Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team-B, we would like to
extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the agencies, community members, business owners and residents
for their patience and hospitality. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.
For more information, and updates visit www.inciweb.org.
Beaver Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Time/Date Started: May 22, 2010 approximately 3:00 p.m.
Location: Norwood, Colorado
Cause: Downed Power Line
Estimated Cost: $1,152,418
Fuels: Pinyon-Juniper, mixed conifer, grass-sage
Size: 2,610 acres
Containment: 70%
Injuries: one minor knee injury
Resources Committed: 4 type one crews, 1 type two crew, 1 type one helicopter, 1 type three
helicopter, 11 engines, 1 dozer, 2 water tenders, 275 personnel
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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A friend of mine whose folks live in Flagstaff stayed overnight at my place. He called about 8 p.m. and said the dust was pretty bad from Kayenta all the way past Tuba city, top speed 35 mph for a half hour.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Summit County (Denver's Toilet)
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Well, so far today, about the worst fire weather one can think of: temperatures in the low 90's at the lower elevations, humidity down in the single digits, and the wind gusting to over 40 mph. Now all we need are some liquored-up Memorial Day weekend "celebrants" to get careless with fire and we may be off to the races.

Clear this morning, now the Utah dust is starting to move in again. Nasty thing about that Utah dust--if it blows up into the higher mountains and settles on the remaining snowpack, it actually does darken it just enough to make it absorb more solar heat and melt faster.
Most of the snow here in Summit is already covered in Brown/Orange dust from the wind storm last weekend
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Now all we need are some liquored-up Memorial Day weekend "celebrants" to get careless with fire and we may be off to the races.
You mean some of those folks that "measure distance by the six-pack?"
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