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Old 06-30-2007, 03:30 PM
 
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Default Fire and flood risk in Denver metro?

Are there any areas that are known for either high flood or fire risk in the more populated areas? I don't plan on living in the mountains or right at the base of the foothills but what about the edges of areas like Highlands Ranch or near Lockheed Martin by Chatfield Lake? Here in SoCal people love to build houses right up against bone dry hills, then the first windy day of the season, someone decides to play with fire and suddenly suburban homes go up in flames.
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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Most of the big "Fire and flood" on the news are in the mountainous areas.

For smaller fires: Since most hoses in CO are made of wood (frame etc.) a one house on fire can quickly turn to a few houses on fire. The Fire dept. has been doing a really good job to keep a house fire to itself and not turn into others.

There were a few highway sports that had flooding issues (along I-25), but I believe hat most of these have been addressed as I-25 project was completed. They installed much larger drain pipes for higher capacity.

I am not an expert on this, however, so others may be able to provide a more detailed post.
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Floods are fairly rare in Colorado. Last major flood was in 1965, and that river has been controlled since then by Chatfield Dam. There are still some areas that flood with major storms since our soil is so hard and water doesn't penetrate.

Fires are always a concern, in the foothills and mountains. We get wet springs, then dry hot summers, and fires can be sparked by lightening or by careless people. Lookheed Martin is in the outer areas, near the base of the foothills, so is more surrounded by open space which is not irrigated and thus gets dried out.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:05 PM
 
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You'll find your fire risk as you move towards the foothills. Most fires have been in low populated areas around 285 in Jeffco and Douglas County. However, there have been a couple recent scares. In 2002 the Hayman Fire, largest in Colorado history, did start to worry residents of the Roxborough and Perry Park areas. It never did get that close. In 2004 there was a surprise October wildfire just west of Castle Pines that caused an evacuation. Fortunately no homes were burned in the community even though it did get within 100 yards or so of the westernmost homes when it first started. You'll find you have a threat once you get to any areas with open grass and especially scrub oak and pine.

As far as flooding, there are rarely any big floods like Dreaming of Hawaii mentioned. The only trouble are the downpores that will flood some streets, but you'll have that in any city.
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