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Nigel Beardsley

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Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires
« on: June 11, 2012, 06:32:03 AM »
Firefighters battled wildfires that spread quickly in parched
forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from
their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary.

The Colorado fire, burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, grew to 22 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures.

Strong winds meanwhile, grounded aircraft fighting a 40-square-mile fire near the mountain community of Ruidoso in southern New Mexico. Crews were still working to build a fire line around the blaze, which started on Friday and has damaged or destroyed 36 structures.

It was not immediately clear how many of the structures lost were homes.

In Colorado, the fire sent up heavy smoke, obscuring the sun and creating an eerie, orange dusk in the middle of the day. The smell of smoke drifted into the Denver area and smoke from the fires spread as far away as parts of central Nebraska, western Kansas and Texas.

The latest New Mexico fire is smaller than the Whitewater-Baldy fire - the largest in the state's history - but more concerning to authorities because it started closer to homes, said Dan Ware, a spokesman for the New Mexico State Forestry Division. He said the number of Ruidoso evacuees was in the hundreds, but he did not have an exact figure.

Karen Takai, a spokeswoman for crews battling the Ruidoso fire, said smoke was badly affecting the community of Capitan, about five miles north east of the fire.

She said in addition to the communities that have been evacuated, Capitan and others could face evacuation.

Elsewhere, firefighters were battling a wildfire that blackened six square miles in Wyoming's Guernsey State Park and forced the evacuation of campers and visitors. Cooler weather was helping firefighters in their battle against two other wildfires in southern Utah.

In Colorado, authorities sent nearly 1,800 evacuation notices to phone numbers. About 500 people had checked in at Red Cross shelters. Larimer County sheriff Justin Smith said.

Authorities say it is the worst fire seen in Larimer County in about 25 years. It spread as fast as one and a half miles an hour on Saturday, skipping and jumping over some areas but burning intensely in trees in others. Flames were coming dangerously close to deputies who were telling some residents to evacuate, Sheriff Smith said.

Kathie Walter and her husband helped friends several miles away evacuate from the Colorado fire. When they got home, they were surprised to get a call warning them to be ready to evacuate just in case. But she did not want to wait.

"Smoke was coming in hard. We could not see flames or orange or black smoke. But we didn't need to see anymore. We just said, 'Hey, let's get out of here'," she said.

They evacuated with their five cats and two dogs, but with had a head start - after a wildfire in the area last year, they had left two suitcases packed in their garage.

The blaze also forced the evacuation of 11 wolves from a sanctuary near the fire. KUSA-TV in Denver reported that 19 wolves remained behind at the sanctuary, which has underground concrete bunkers known as "fire dens" that can be used by the animals.

The fire is the latest to hit Colorado's drought-stricken Front Range. In March, the Lower North Fork Fire, 25 miles south west of Denver, killed three people and damaged or destroyed more than two dozen homes.

Eight air tankers - including two from Canada - and several helicopters were on the scene to help fight the blaze.

The speed at which the fire has spread has dashed any hopes of containment for the time being.

"These folks are doing everything they can, but Mother Nature is running this fire," Sheriff Smith said.

In New Mexico, the mix of timber, dry grass and the steepness of the slopes were making the firefighting efforts more difficult.

The fire was burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest, which is home to Smokey Bear, who became the nation's symbol of fire prevention in the 1940s.

More than 300 firefighters were battling the blaze with help from three large air tankers, three heavy helicopters and three Blackhawk helicopters. There were also 100 National Guard troops in Ruidoso.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hundreds-flee-blazing-us-wildfires-7836461.html

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Re: Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2012, 05:56:27 PM »
Nigel thanks for this Topic.
I just heard on  CNN the big fire in Colorado doubled overnight, now covers over 37,000 acres and
went from 19 structures burned to at least 100 structures burned.  This fires is estimated to be moving at about
40 feet per second.     - Yowbarb 8:45 PM EDT
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High Park Fire     0:29

VIDEO LINK: http://youtu.be/MGsPpw3dPPg

Published on Jun 11, 2012 by techrogue
June 10th, 2012 at 5pm
south of Loveland, CO
Northwest view
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High Park Wildfire Day 2 (Time Lapse)  9:20


VIDEO LINK: http://youtu.be/SrVdIdsfPLc

Published on Jun 11, 2012 by marcarsenal
An evening time lapse of the High Park Fire near Fort Collins Colorado
Information on the fire can be found here: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/
Photos can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.305788112848404.68008.2741484960123...

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Re: Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012, 06:00:22 PM »
Wildfires in Colorado New Mexico and Wyoming Force Evacuations  0:48

VIDEO LINK:   http://youtu.be/6rNOxvSHyu0

Published on Jun 11, 2012 by Syamihere
An eerie orange dusk shrouded part of northern Colorado, while heavy smoke choked a small community in southern New Mexico — as both regions battled wildfires spreading rapidly through mountainous forest land that have forced hundreds of evacuations and destroyed dozens of structuresThe Colorado fire, burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, grew to more than 31 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures.

Federal firefighters are on their way to help battle the fire west of Fort Collins. The U.S. Forest Service says a federal team will take over management of the fire on Monday.

Nigel Beardsley

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Re: Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2012, 11:58:22 PM »
Thanks for posting the updates and vids Barb.

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Re: Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2012, 06:35:10 AM »
I am seeing more comprehensive updates from the Denver Post, better than CNN, I think.
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Colorado wildfire: Woman, 62, dies in growing High Park fire
06/12 6:14 AM
Monday brought mixed news on the destructive High Park fire: Authorities confirmed their worst fears, that the blaze had
claimed a life; estimated that at least 100 structures were damaged or destroyed; and then, late in the day, were
heartened that some of the flames appeared to be blowing back onto themselves instead of claiming new ground.

Live blog: Updates on the High Park fire:
http://blogs.denverpost.com/weather/2012/06/09/high-park-fire-larimer-county-live-updates/1001/ 

Interactive map: Perimeter map of High Park wildfire:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20831968

Follow on Twitter: Colorado Wildfires updates feed:

https://twitter.com/#!/denverpost/colorado-wildfires/members


VIDEO: High Park fire grows to 41,140 acres
http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/06/high-park-firefighting-efforts-stepped-up-video/37461/

Photos: High Park fire burning out of control
http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/06/photos-high-park-wildfire-burning-out-of-control-evacuation-notifications-sent/37355/


Photos: Fire images submitted by readers

http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/06/reader-photos-high-park-fire-burning-west-of-fort-collins/37367/

Submit your High Park fire photos and videos:
http://youpost.denverpost.com/submit-your-photos/

Air quality: Entire Front Range on alert:  Smell smoke? Take precautions... health etc.
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20833411/smell-smoke-take-precautions-health-experts-say

FEMA: Advice on how to survive a wildfire:
http://www.ready.gov/wildfires

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Nigel Beardsley

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Re: Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2012, 08:48:00 AM »
I am seeing more comprehensive updates from the Denver Post, better than CNN, I think.
Yowbarb
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Colorado wildfire: Woman, 62, dies in growing High Park fire
06/12 6:14 AM
Monday brought mixed news on the destructive High Park fire: Authorities confirmed their worst fears, that the blaze had
claimed a life; estimated that at least 100 structures were damaged or destroyed; and then, late in the day, were
heartened that some of the flames appeared to be blowing back onto themselves instead of claiming new ground.

Live blog: Updates on the High Park fire:
http://blogs.denverpost.com/weather/2012/06/09/high-park-fire-larimer-county-live-updates/1001/ 

Interactive map: Perimeter map of High Park wildfire:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20831968

Follow on Twitter: Colorado Wildfires updates feed:

https://twitter.com/#!/denverpost/colorado-wildfires/members


VIDEO: High Park fire grows to 41,140 acres
http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/06/high-park-firefighting-efforts-stepped-up-video/37461/

Photos: High Park fire burning out of control
http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/06/photos-high-park-wildfire-burning-out-of-control-evacuation-notifications-sent/37355/


Photos: Fire images submitted by readers

http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/06/reader-photos-high-park-fire-burning-west-of-fort-collins/37367/

Submit your High Park fire photos and videos:
http://youpost.denverpost.com/submit-your-photos/

Air quality: Entire Front Range on alert:  Smell smoke? Take precautions... health etc.
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20833411/smell-smoke-take-precautions-health-experts-say

FEMA: Advice on how to survive a wildfire:
http://www.ready.gov/wildfires

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I feel for the people suffering as a result of this disaster. It looks like a very serious situation :(