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Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage

 
whiteangel

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LIVE UPDATES:3:15 p.m.: As the Black Forest fire exploded Wednesday and raced north, fire officials scrambled to evacuate neighborhoods in its path.

According to scanner traffic, officials were preparing to issue mandatory evacuation orders for Cherry Creek Crossing and Canterbury, both on the west side of Highway 83.

They also were planning to announce pre-evacuation orders for subdivisions on the Douglas and Elbert county borders -- Elk Creek Ranch, Whissler Ranch and Hawk Ridge.

It's an indication just how far out of control the fire is. The evacuation plans, which have not been officially announced, indicate that officials fear they can't stop it before it reaches the county line.

Coupled with the voluntary evacuation order issued by Colorado Springs for all neighborhoods north of Old Ranch Road, west to Interstate 25, a clear picture emerged of a fire raging in several directions with no seeming containment.
[link to gazette.com]
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06/12/2013 05:47 PM
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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
Four links to a national overview of all ongoing fire events


- [link to www.nifc.gov]

... Scroll down to the Colorado section for daily updates.



- [link to activefiremaps.fs.fed.us]

... Decent active mapping.



- [link to inciweb.org]

... Excellent source for additional information.



- [link to nhss.cr.usgs.gov]

... Obligatory comparative point of view.


All listed sites above kept a daily progress report during Colorado's 2012 fire season and are worth book-marking for the coming days.
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If we don't get some decent rain in Colorado, all that Spring time rain and snow we did get will be for naught! I am at least 85 miles north of the Black Forest fires and the air is so thick with smoke.
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LIVE UPDATES: 3:45 p.m.: The Black Forest fire "plumed up pretty big" on the east end as officials considered more mandatory evacuation north and west to clear people out of the path of the raging wildfire.

Scanner traffic continued to indicate houses breaking into fire. Crews were building bulldozer lines from the Black Forest Community Center and using the historic log structure as a command post as they took up defensive positions against the blaze, which was generating plumes of smoke visible for miles up and down the Front Range.

Highway 83 was closed north of Powers Boulevard after evacuees and first responders faced interference from sightseers clogging the road.
[link to gazette.com]
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06/12/2013 06:16 PM

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They have quite a few planes battling this but the wind is pushing it all over. Also, they need to get the sight seers out of there, people are having trouble evacuating because traffic is backed up.
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06/12/2013 06:19 PM

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They have quite a few planes battling this but the wind is pushing it all over. Also, they need to get the sight seers out of there, people are having trouble evacuating because traffic is backed up.
 Quoting: Corn Dog


It is crazy that site seers are in the way. What is wrong with people!

Can't believe how thick the smoke is here. Boulder and Longmont are now seeing and smelling it.
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LIVE UPDATES: 4:10 p.m.: The Black Forest fire continued to frustrate efforts to contain it as it repeatedly jumped dozer lines and advanced east, north and west, driven by red-flag winds.

Firefighters also continue to be frustrated by cars blowing through closure notices on Highway 83 as well as Walker Road and Evans Road, according to conversations heard over emergency scanners channels.

They also complained of media helicopters violating closed airspace above the fire.
[link to gazette.com]

Even the media is idiots. Just sad how so many no longer seem to have common sense.
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06/12/2013 06:41 PM

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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
Another tanker is headed down to fight the fire.
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06/12/2013 06:57 PM

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They need all the help they can get.
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LIVE UPDATES:

4:47 p.m. The Sheriff's Office has issued a preliminary list of houses in teh fire area that have been destroyed, and those left unscathed. The list is here: [link to www.epcsheriff.com]

It is a long list.


4:43 p.m. As drivers head out for the evening commute, northbound Interstate 25 is tangled from Filmore Street to Baptist Road in Monument. Southbound traffic is snarling, too as drivers crane their necks to look at the massive smoke plume from teh Black Forest fire.

4:35 p.m. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the Black Forest fire is jamming phone lines in the Pikes Peak region. Deputies are asking people to use text messaging instead of calling, because it doesn't tie-up lines. The office gave a standard note of caution, though: "Please don't text and drive."

4:20 p.m. Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper announced he has signed a disaster declaration for the Black Forest fire, clearing the way for $5.5 million in fire funding. He also signed off for aid on teh Royal Gorge fire.

[link to gazette.com]
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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
92 homes have been confirmed by El Paso Sheriff's Dept.
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06/12/2013 07:03 PM

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I have cousins in the area. I think they are moving back to California if I am not mistaking. This is their 3rd fire to witness I think.
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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
Royal Gorge: 20 structures have been lost.
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92 homes have been confirmed by El Paso Sheriff's Dept.
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This does NOT include any homes that would have been lost today!!
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06/12/2013 07:21 PM

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Live update now with Sheriff:

Has gone to a type one incident! Waiting on some new resources to be brought in before fully taking over the Black Forest Fire.

Winds have shifted, has moved in two different directions now, to the northwest and northeast.

Still 8500 acres and they anticipate another 3,000 acres bringing it up to 11-12,000 acres, depending on the weather conditions. This effects between 9,000-9,500 people or 3500 residences. 100 commercial properties and 200 out buildings.

The possibility of this fire spreading is extreme.

487 fire fighters
112 law enforcement
National Guard from Ft. Carson

28 Local fire districts
8 law enforcement agencies (including Denver, Western slope and some from southern Colorado)

Some of the homes they identified as standing are now threatened as the fire double backs. All numbers on homes are changing by the hour due to this.

rsg.epcsheriff.com for updates

92 homes are total losses
315 still standing and uneffected
5 that were partially effected.
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06/12/2013 07:27 PM

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Still at 0% contained. Sheesh! Good luck to all the firefighters working on this fire.
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06/12/2013 07:31 PM

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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
The reporter on the scene said "these winds have shifted west, well sorta. They are really squirrelly right now!"

It just made me chuckle. I know it is serious but with as hyped up as he was, it shows we all can get a little panicky.
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06/12/2013 07:32 PM

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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
Still at 0% contained. Sheesh! Good luck to all the firefighters working on this fire.
 Quoting: #Geomagnetic_Storm#


I feel so sorry for them working in 90+ temps in all that gear they are wearing. So many get heat stroke/exhausted.
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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
100+ Homes Burned to the ground now with homes burning as i write.

[link to www.kktv.com] (local news w/ Heli Cam)
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LIVE UPDATES:

5:31 p.m. The Sheriff's Office says it has updated the list of damaged, destroyed and unscathed homes. A new list and a new link should be coming soon. The initial assessment, through noon, showed 92 homes destroyed Sheriff Terry Maketa said it's a partial list that is expected to grow.
[link to gazette.com]

This 92 homes is from before noon this afternoon. This will grow in number. The winds didn't really pick up until after 2pm
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I am at least 80 miles to the north of Colo Springs. I can't see the mountains. The air is so thick just looking across the street you can see the haze. The smoke smell is thick. It has to be just horrific in the Springs.
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06/12/2013 08:33 PM

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LIVE UPDATES:

6:28 p.m. Here's our updated evacuation map

We're updating the map as soon as we get word of changes.

Won't let me use the links, you will need to go here:
[link to gazette.com]

Last Edited by whiteangel on 06/12/2013 08:35 PM
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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
Weather forecast for tomorrow is winds as high at 41mph in Colo Springs.
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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
Fire is closing in on Elbert and Douglas Counties
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LIVE UPDATES:

6:52 p.m.: From reporter Jakob Rodgers: Just watched 20 minutes ago as flames devoured a garage at 17595 Table Rock Road. Elbert County Wildland firefighters quickly doused the small flames surrounding the garage.

6:45 p.m. One consistent problem in the Black Forest fire: Water.

Local ranchers are offering up their ponds to refill tenders, which are a primary source of water for firefighters trying to defend homes from the Black Forest fire.
[link to gazette.com]
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Re: Colorado wildfires 2013: Thousands evacuate as fast-moving fires rage
Big Meadows fire has grown to approx. 500 acres. No structures threatened. 70 to 90% of the area burning is pine beetle kill.
[link to www.9news.com]
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Big Meadows fire has grown to approx. 500 acres. No structures threatened. 70 to 90% of the area burning is pine beetle kill.
[link to www.9news.com]
 Quoting: whiteangel


Wait til the beetle kill in Routt county catches fire...that's going to be a big one.
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It is gonna get worse when the yellowstone super volcano goes off.
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Royal Gorge Fire is 20% contained. 20 structures were lost.
The Bureau of Land Management says three structures have been lost in the fire south of the Royal Gorge Bridge and the Arkansas River. The general manager of the Royal Gorge Bridge say the bridge appeared to be OK, despite fire burning on either side of the bridge. Firefighters on the scene are evaluating the condition of the bridge as of Wednesday morning.
[link to www.9news.com]
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Big Meadows fire has grown to approx. 500 acres. No structures threatened. 70 to 90% of the area burning is pine beetle kill.
[link to www.9news.com]
 Quoting: whiteangel


Wait til the beetle kill in Routt county catches fire...that's going to be a big one.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 37530539


That will be a nightmare! For those who don't know this is Steamboat Springs area and last year when I went through there, most of the forest looks dead or dying.

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