Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wind + Low Humidity + Spark = Fire!

(Updates below)

Colorado is burning again.  It’s so sad to see and hear the reports when fires ravage our front range mountains.  Luckily this morning only the Lower "North Fork Fire (SW of Denver in Jefferson County)  is still out of control.

With 4% humidity, 50-70 mph wind gusts, the driest March on record and a lose spark from a controlled burn last week by the Colorado Forest Service and you get a 3,000+ acre fire that is growing quickly. 

  • 2 p.m. Monday the fire was reported
  • 5 p.m. – less than 15 acres 
  • Tuesday morning more than 3, 500 acres with 0% containment

Denver International Airport, DIA, even had flights delayed Monday because of the winds, not the smoke saturated skies.  What a mess!

PHOTOS: Damage from Lower North Fork Fire

The last report I heard said that 900 homes have been evacuated.  The good news is winds should be a bit lighter today and the airplane tankers and a heavy helicopter tanker were able to fly this morning.

I know that I am praying for a day of quieter winds and safety for firefighters, homeowners, and left behind livestock today.  Hopefully there will be no more fatalities today.

UPDATE - 5 p.m. 3/27:  3 people are missing, a man and his wife have died, 23 homes have been damaged or destroyed, 900 homes have been evacuated, and 6,500 people are on stand by to evacuate.  The fire is 0% contained and has consumed 4,500 acres – so far!

UPDATE – 3/30:  The Lower North Fork Fire destroyed 27 homes, burned 4,140 acres and killed two people. Another woman is still missing.  45% containment has been achieved.  High winds are expected this weekend.

Robbie Marie

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