Posted on June 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Planned burnouts on western flank of fire put on hold
The latest available map of the High Park Fire, released June 16.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A Red Flag fire warning for the High Park Fire area and most of western and central Colorado has prompted fire officials to temporarily shift tactics in the battle to control the western edge of the 55,000-acre wildfire in Larimer County.
Previously planned burnout operations to reduce fuel in the fire’s main path will be on hold, incident commander Bill Hahnenberg said during a media briefing Saturday afternoon, explaining that firefighters instead will focus on holding and reinforcing existing containment lines.
Crews have made big strides in controlling the fire the past few days, achieving 45 percent containment; the changing weather conditions will test those fire lines and present new challenges for the more than 1,600 firefighters at the scene. The winds will also make aerial operations difficult, if not impossible at times.
Updates on the fire are online at http://www.larimersheriff.org/. Maps and other updated information are also posted at http://www.larimer.org/highparkfire/. (more…)
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Posted on June 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Red flag fire warning in the north-central Colorado mountains. Click for more info.
Wind gusts, dry air combine for critical fire danger
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Winds gusting up to 30 mph and dry air have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning for most of Colorado’s north-central mountains, including Summit,Clear Creek and Gilpin counties and extending east to parts of Boulder County.
The weather creates a potential for any small fire or ignition to grow quickly. High-base thunderclouds developing over Summit County could also produce lightning with no rain, increasing concerns about fire ignition. (more…)
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