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Raging Wildfires in Colorado, Arizona Prompt More Evacuations

Posted by feww on June 21, 2013

Arizona Gov. declares a state of emergency for Yavapai County as fast-growing Doce Fire rages uncontrolled

The Doce Fire, burning in Granite Mountain Wilderness about 8 miles northwest of Prescott, is threatening several communities and about 500 homes. The blaze had consumed about 7,500 acres by Thursday afternoon and was 0 percent contained.

Evacuations are in place for the following locations:

Granite Basin Summer Homes and American Ranch

The areas of Granite Basin Homes, Black Jack, Camp Anytown, Sundown Acres, Cielo Grande, Old Stage Acres, south half of Mint Creek Wash and American Ranch remain evacuated. Neighborhoods in the Williamson Valley corridor are on notice for potential evacuation.

(Evacuation center at Yavapai College and for livestock at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds)

 


Firefighters are working to contain a blaze in central Arizona, not far from the state’s Prescott National Forest. Aircraft could be seen dumping massive buckets of water on the fire which as of Thursday, is not contained. The fire is spread across a 10-square mile area. More than 600 firefighters are working in an attempt to stop the blaze. Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes. So far, no buildings have been impacted.

Colorado Wildfires – Colorado Office of Emergency Management

a 1,000-acre wildfire in northwestern Colorado near the Utah state line forced the evacuation of 40 oil and gas well sites on Wednesday in Rio Blanco County, said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

“Hampering firefighting efforts is limited access, rugged terrain, thick smoke and high winds,” the bureau said, adding  that firefighters had observed wind-blown embers igniting new spot fires more than 800 yards away.

Another 1,000-acre blaze near the Spanish Peaks in Huerfano County forced about 200 scouts and staff members to flee their camp, said a report.

Authorities have also issued evacuation orders and pre-evacuation notices for residents south and west of the fire for 30 miles to the New Mexico border, the report said.

Active Colo. Fires:

  • East Peak Fire  Acres: 9,400 – Containment: 0% – Evacuations: ~700
  • Wild Rose Fire  Acres: 850 – Containment: 0%
  • Bull Gulch Fire  Acres: 150 – Containment: 0%
  • Lime Gulch Fire  Acres: 600 – Containment: 0% – Evacuations: ~100
  • Ward Gulch Fire  Acres: 485 – Containment: 95% – Evacuations: ~30
  • Black Forest Fire Acres: 14,280 – Containment: 100%  Evacuations: 4117  people and ~20,000 homes (Estimated total of about 80,000 people-FEWW) – Fatalities: 2 civilian deaths –  Homes destroyed: 509 – Homes damaged: 28
  • Royal Gorge Fire  Acres: 3,216 – Containment: 100%
  • Big Meadow Fire  Acres: 604 – Containment: 95%
  • West Fork Complex Fire Acres: 15,000 – Containment: 0%

Today’s Fire Outlook

The fire situation rating for the Rocky Mountain Area has increased to Preparedness Level 4. The Nation remains at a Preparedness Level 2. This rating indicates highly complex large fire activity is occurring, with multiple large fires in the zone. Fire severity is extreme as reported in multiple areas, and fires are escaping initial attack, as evident by the number of large fires.

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Thousands Evacuated as New Wildfires Rage in U.S.

Posted by feww on June 20, 2013

Wildfires in Arizona, Alaska, California and Colorado Prompt Evacuations

An Arizona wildfire, dubbed Doce Fire, has burned at least 7,000 acres of chaparral and pine forest in just over 24 hours, prompting mandatory evacuation of more than 200 homes in five areas near the Granite Mountain Wilderness area, about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

Colorado

Lime Gulch Fire: A new wildfire in Jefferson County, southwest of Denver, has forced the emergency evacuation of about 100 homes on Wednesday.

Sparked by lightning, the Lime Gulch Fire has been burning fiercely since Tuesday. The blaze is fueled by gusty winds of up to 40 mph and humidity levels as low as 5 percent.

Most of Colorado will be under Red Flag Warnings Wednesday and Thursday due to ongoing drought, hot and windy conditions, forecasters said.

Black Forest Fire: The fire, listed as the most destructive in Colorado’s history, which started on Tuesday, June 11, was about 85 percent contained on June 19, 2013 (1:00 p.m. DST).

According to El Paso Sheriff’s website, the property loss caused by the deadly fire are currently as follows:

  • Total Loss: 509 homes
  • Partial Damage: 28

California

Carstens Fire: The 1,600-acre wildfire, which has been burning since Sunday near a highway in N California, is currently 40 percent contained.

  • More than 500 homes remain under evacuation orders.

Carstens Fire in Mariposa County, Calif., Day 2 – June 17, 2013 

Alaska

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect across Alaska amid baking temperatures, which top 90 degrees (32ºC ), low humidity and strong to gusty winds.

Alaska wildfires have consumed more than 172,158 acres (269 sq miles) of land, according to Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Situation Report dated Wednesday June, 19, 2013.

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