Federal funds will help with emergency work and rehabilitation efforts
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday evening that Colorado’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration has been received, reviewed and accepted by the White House.
“This evening we learned from the White House that our disaster declaration request has been accepted. We appreciate the quick review and response,” said Hickenlooper. “With this funding we will be able to provide much needed assistance to our communities affected by wildfires.” Continue reading “White House OKs federal disaster aid for Colorado”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Vail-area firefighters are responding to a wildfire north of Eagle, on Castle Peak. As of 8:30 p.m. the fire was reported at about four acres. Updates will be posted at the Eagle County website. The county is also sending Twitter updates via @EagleCounty.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A new wildfire, tentatively called the Pine Ridge Fire, is burning on the Colorado Western Slope, north of the Bookcliffs near Canyon Creek, and has already spurred some evacuations in the area.
The fire, believed to have been caused by lightning, has already grown to more than 200 acres, and may be burning on BLM lands not too far from natural gas wells, according to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Berino, who is also a regional incident commander.
According to the reports Berino has heard, the fire is behaving aggressively.
Western Slope news outlets covering the fire say that an air tanker has been called from the Front Range to attack the fire in its early stages.
Coverage from Channel 5 in Grand Junction is here and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel here.
Red Flag warning for extreme fire weather continues across western Colorado
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters at the High Park Fire faced dangerous conditions Sunday, as afternoon wind gusts of up to 60 mph grounded helicopters and drove the flames into unburned fuels within the fire perimeter.
But for the most part, crews were able to hold established fire lines to keep the fire from growing into new new areas. According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, the fire did burn about 1,000 acres of unburned area on the southeast side of the fire in the Laurence Creek Lane and Redstone area.
With the southwest winds expected to push the fire to the northwest, many crews were reassigned to maintaining the fire lines on the north side of the fire. The fire was most active Sunday on the southeastern flank where more firefighters were redeployed.
SUMMIT COUNTY — It didn’t take any lightning or beetle-killed trees for a spate of dangerous wildfires to break out across the Colorado Front Range, just a few weeks of unusually warm weather and a day of high winds, with a red flag fire warning in effect for large parts of Colorado. Fire news from official sources and from residents is streaming on Twitter at #CoFires.