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Colorado: High Park Fire close to full containment

Residents returning to neighborhoods in the fire area

High Park Fire map, June 29, 2012.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The High Park Fire in Larimer County could be fully contained as soon as Sunday, July 1, as crews patrol the interior of the fire to extinguish a few remaining hotspots. They’ll get help from a Cobra helicopter equipped with video and infrared sensing equipment to focus the mop-up efforts.

The remote sensing data will be used tactically to guide firefighters to remaining heat pockets around structures and within unburned islands in the interior of the burn area.

But even when the fire is fully contained, residents may still see occasional smoke in the area for a while longer. Officials emphasized that increased containment Friday was due to suppression efforts and not weather behavior on Friday. Continue reading

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Flagstaff Fire: Firefighters tackle Table Mesa spot fires

Numerous evacuations ordered in Boulder area

Map Flagstaff Fire Colorado Springs

Approximate location of the Flagstaff Fire near Boulder, Colorado.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A team of 20 Boulder firefighters is heading to upper Table Mesa area to tackle several spot fires that are part of the Flagstaff Fire, and create some defensible space for homes and other structures in the area.

At last report, the fire, possibly started by lightning strikes mid-afternoon, was at least 300 acres and growing. Several large air tankers on rotation from fighting other fires in the region have made several aerial attacks on the Flagstaff Fire.

More than 2,000 pre-evacuation notices have been sent to residents within Boulder city limits, including the Shanahan Ridge neighborhood. The boundaries for the evacuation notices are Dartmouth to the north, Greenbriar to the south, Table Mesa and foothills on the west and Broadway on the east.

All open space and recreational areas from Eldorado Springs to Boulder Canyon are closed until further notice. Updated information online at the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

 

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