Colorado wildfires

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FROM 7 ABC News:

There are five active wildfires burning in Colorado.

The High Park Fire in Larimer County is being called the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, having destroyed 189 homes so far. The fire started June 9 and has burned nearly 59,000 acres and is 50 percent contained.

The Little Sand Fire has been burning for more than a month in southern Colorado. The fire ignited May 13 about 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. The fire has burned 13,180 acres and is 30 percent contained.

The fire is burning in rugged and inaccessible terrain, north of the Piedra River. The 175 personnel on the fire are protecting structures along with monitoring and patrolling the area on the northeastern edge of the fire

Colorado’s newest fire is the Springer Fire burning in Park County. The fire started Sunday and has burned 970 acres. The fire is burning in the forest approximately 5 miles southwest of Lake George.

There are approximately 250 firefighters on scene with more firefighters arriving. Hand crews, engines, helicopters and air tankers are battling the fire and have kept the fire from becoming established on the south side of Elevenmile Canyon. There are mandatory evacuations in the area.

Two other fires are 100 percent contained, but continue to smolder:

The Hewlett Fire is burning in Larimer County, not that far from the High Park Fire. On June 6, officials said smoke could be visible from within the interior of the fire for weeks to come as unburned pockets of fuel continue to ignite and smolder.

The Hewlett Gulch subdivision is currently one of the areas under mandatory evacuation orders because of the High Park Fire.

The Sunrise Mine Fire burned 5,742 acres on the Western Slope near Paradox. While the fire is 100 percent contained, firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire putting out any hot spots they find until the fire is declared controlled.

DENVER POST HISORY OF COLORADO FIRES

MORE STORIES BELOW

CNN Tuesday a.m.

More wind and heat could hamper Colorado wildfire fight

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:21 AM EDT, Tue June 19, 2012

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Denver Post

High Park Fire

POSTED:   06/19/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
UPDATED:   06/19/2012 05:13:34 AM MDT

By Joey Bunch and Kieran Nicholson

LARIMER COUNTY — Monday’s predicted convergence of high temperatures and gusty winds failed to materialize at the High Park fire — but the day brought news of more destruction as authorities confirmed that another eight homes had been claimed by the flames. That disclosure pushed to 189 the total of residences destroyed in the second-largest wildfire in Colorado history.

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Gazette.com

Springer fire grows to 1,100 acres

West of Colorado Springs

6:00 a.m.: The possibility for dangerous fire conditions looms again Tuesday for Lake George and the Springer fire, which doubled in size Monday. The National Weather Service has issued another Red Flag warning for the area as highs are forecast near 90 degrees in the mountain town and winds could gust near 30 mph. The warning begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday and runs until 9 p.m., when low humidity levels are expected to rise.

 


 

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2 Responses to “Colorado wildfires”

  1. ed rogers

    Have found the most accurate information on wildfires in any state to be from the official federal wildfire website. It is updated on a daily basis. Just click on any location of interest. Here is the site. http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/lg_fire2.php

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