Wildfires burning in Colorado

Wildfires burning in Colorado

Ken Akerman
Ken Akerman

June 10th, 2002, 8:29 pm #1

The <a href=http://cfapp.rockymountainnews.com/wildfires/>fires</a> are encroaching on the urban areas of the Front Range, close to the headquarters of the Highpointers Club in Golden:

http://cfapp.rockymountainnews.com/wildfires/
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,141 ... 38,00.html
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Ken Akerman
Ken Akerman

June 11th, 2002, 3:37 pm #2

The largest fire burning near a populated area of Colorado is the <a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/l ... tml>Hayman Fire</a>, which has engulfed more than 76,000 acres and can force the evacuation of more than 40,000 people living in the southwestern suburbs of Denver. This fire was apparently started by an <a href=http://www.gazette.com/stories/0611top5-3.php>abandoned campfire</a>.

Destructive fires are also burning western Colorado as well. A destuctive fire in <a href=http://www.postindependent.com/apps/pbc ... e>Glenwood Springs</a> apparently started from a <a href=http://www.postindependent.com/apps/pbc ... AR>burning coal seam</a> that has been burning underground for decades before it exploded.
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John M
John M

June 11th, 2002, 5:32 pm #3

http://www.9news.com/storyfull.asp?id=3638

The HP Club HDQ is under haze but no danger


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John M.
John M.

June 11th, 2002, 9:21 pm #4

The Hayman Fire was 5% contained this morning.

It is currently 0% contained, a reduction due to this afternoon's flareup.

County highpointers may be interested to know that Dave Covill reports that flames are approaching Jefferson County's HP Buffalo Peak, and Douglas County's HP Thunder Butte. These two fine hikes would be dramatically dimished should the fire sweep away the trees.

Of note to all state highpointers: Colorado and much of the West is very dry and ready to blow. Use caution. Even a hot muffler on dry grass could start a fire similar to Hayman.


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April 16th, 2008, 5:21 pm #5

The <a href=http://cfapp.rockymountainnews.com/wildfires/>fires</a> are encroaching on the urban areas of the Front Range, close to the headquarters of the Highpointers Club in Golden:

http://cfapp.rockymountainnews.com/wildfires/
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,141 ... 38,00.html
ORDWAY, COLORADO - A devastating grass fire that burned 8,900 acres in Crowley County and claimed the lives of two firefighers is now 90 percent contained.

In addition, a pilot working on a separate fire in El Paso County was killed Tuesday.

Fire spokesman Chris Sorensen said this morning that the Crowley blaze "affected in some fashion" eight structures in Ordway and another 16 outside the city limits.

<a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2 ... ort->Click here to read the article</a>.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 8th, 2009, 3:16 am #6

The <a href=http://cfapp.rockymountainnews.com/wildfires/>fires</a> are encroaching on the urban areas of the Front Range, close to the headquarters of the Highpointers Club in Golden:

http://cfapp.rockymountainnews.com/wildfires/
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,141 ... 38,00.html
BOULDER - The Dakota Ridge Village neighborhood is being evacuated because of encroaching smoke and flames, according to police dispatchers. More than 500 homes are involved in the evacuation, police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.

Minutes before the order, Boulder sheriff's Cmdr. Phil West said during a news conference that investigators believe the first of the fires broke out at 12:58 p.m. after a power line fell in front of a house at 7202 45th St. between Diagonal and North Foothills highways. The second fire flared up about two miles west of that location at 1:38 p.m.

The cause of the second fire isn't known, West said.

Click here to read continuing coverage of the wildfires.
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Joined: February 26th, 2004, 11:47 am

January 8th, 2009, 3:07 pm #7

This seems like a very serious thing. If fires had been burning around here for seven years I think people would want to know why. I was out in Colorado two years ago and five years ago and there wasn't a thing in any of the papers about this fire. Could it be a conspiracy by the tourism folks to "just not mention it"?

What other multi-year fires are still going on out west?

Ken, the link you site does not give any information. Please explain.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 8th, 2009, 4:28 pm #8

BOULDER - The Dakota Ridge Village neighborhood is being evacuated because of encroaching smoke and flames, according to police dispatchers. More than 500 homes are involved in the evacuation, police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.

Minutes before the order, Boulder sheriff's Cmdr. Phil West said during a news conference that investigators believe the first of the fires broke out at 12:58 p.m. after a power line fell in front of a house at 7202 45th St. between Diagonal and North Foothills highways. The second fire flared up about two miles west of that location at 1:38 p.m.

The cause of the second fire isn't known, West said.

Click here to read continuing coverage of the wildfires.
It appears that my link to the article on the Daily Camera of Boulder has now become obsolete. Here are links to articles from the big two Denver newspapers, the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2 ... ar-boulder/
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11405439
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Joined: February 26th, 2004, 11:47 am

January 10th, 2009, 4:28 pm #9

Based on the thread, it seems to have taken folks 78 months (June 02 - Jan 09) to get 30 percent of the Colorado fires out. Doing the math fairly quickly, this suggests that it will take until around Oct '28 to get the fire fully out? Obviously, if the equation is not linear, it throws the calculations off.

Maybe with all of the folks out of work right now, fire fighting would be a good way to get people back to work and help the economy at the same time. I am hesitant to criticize the folks on this list who live out west, but we NEVER have fires in the East that last that long.

Just a thought
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

September 7th, 2010, 11:23 pm #10

The largest fire burning near a populated area of Colorado is the <a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/l ... tml>Hayman Fire</a>, which has engulfed more than 76,000 acres and can force the evacuation of more than 40,000 people living in the southwestern suburbs of Denver. This fire was apparently started by an <a href=http://www.gazette.com/stories/0611top5-3.php>abandoned campfire</a>.

Destructive fires are also burning western Colorado as well. A destuctive fire in <a href=http://www.postindependent.com/apps/pbc ... e>Glenwood Springs</a> apparently started from a <a href=http://www.postindependent.com/apps/pbc ... AR>burning coal seam</a> that has been burning underground for decades before it exploded.
BOULDER - Sixty-three structures have been confirmed lost in the Fourmile Fire, and firefighters have only surveyed half of the burn area, Don Whittemore, assistant chief of the Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District, said at a 4 p.m. news conference.

The blaze, which is raging unabated, has burned 7,120 the Boulder County foothills, officials said, but details about specific losses have not been made public.

This is the largest wildfire in Boulder County history, according to Daily Camera archives.

It is zero-percent contained, and a federal "Type 1" crisis management team -- which is the same level that responded to Hurricane Katrina -- will arrive Wednesday to help the firefighting effort.

"We have literally exhausted our local resources," Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said.

Nine firefighters have lost their homes in the blaze, which started Monday morning, said Pelle, who toured parts of the charred acreage with Gov. Bill Ritter on Tuesday. The fire has forced the evacuation of about 1,000 people living in 70 subdivision northwest of Boulder, and the fire is moving northesast, Pelle said.

Click here to read the article.
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