Fire danger remains high across much of Colorado.
No containment yet, as winds and fuel continue to vex firefighters
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The Black Forest Fire has spread across about 15,000 acres and destroyed 360 homes, making it the most destructive wildfire in Colorado on record in terms of property damage. More information on all Colorado wildfires at http://www.coemergency.com/.
Wind and fuel conditions are the big wild cards as firefighters try to gain some measure of containment, said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, describing how the fire has been smoldering in a thick layer of pine needles and cones, then flaring to 30-foot flames when the winds pick up.
There were areas where things look pretty well calmed down, then you have a gust of wind and your’re back to a raging fire … The wind is probably the number-one game changer,” Maketa said.
Officials still don’t have any idea how the fire started, but Maketa said arson investigators were sifting through ashes near where the fire was first reported until the fire once again flared up in that area.
Maketa said there hasn’t been much discussion of containment — and that there won’t be, until a fire line is established somewhere along the perimeter and holds for 24 hours.
The evacuation order at the fire now covers 94,000 acres, 13,000 homes and 38,000 people, Maketa said.
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