Saturday, June 23, 2012
Colorado Wildfire Update
Resources are being pulled from one wildfire to the new fires which are popping up everywhere. Leadville, Pagosa Springs, Estes Park, Colorado Springs, four corners area (2 wildfires) and some I can't keep up with. Our whole state is tinder dry and wildfires are breaking out all over the State. Resources are tired, exhausted, and running thin. Some are caused by dry lightning and some are caused by man. It makes no difference because with conditions as they are even a small wildfire quickly turns into a large fire.
The High Park Fire was 60% contained and is now only 45% contained. It has consumed up to 236 structures and across the State of Colorado many families are now homeless and sifting the ashes of what used to be their homes - hoping to find something of their past. High Park has turned back on itself and some people have had to evacuate up to three times. Their homes may still end up being consumed. It has consumed 75,537 acres.
The news crew in Denver Channel 9 can't even keep up with all the wildfires. We are breaking heat records every day. There is no relief in sight, weather wise, and the news people say there isn't hardly a place in the State that can't see smoke from a wildfire. We can see it and smell it even though none (fingers crossed) are close to us.
Tomorrow it going to be from 105 to 112 degrees and the wind will continue. Heat records are being set each day. The abundant snow we had over the winter has caused the ground cover to grow high and now with no rain or moisture it has created a serious wildfire threat.
Our firefighting resources are strained, and the National Guard has been called into some areas. If this keeps up Colorado is going to be a charcoal depository. There are only so many airplanes that can drop water and fire retardant and they are fire hopping trying to keep up with new fires breaking out. Not a good situation for Colorado and our beautiful mountains and meadows.