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Massive Wildfire Threatens to Torch Colorado Town

Posted by feww on June 24, 2013

West Fork Fire Complex not likely to be contained anytime soon

The entire tourist town of South Fork has been evacuated, as a massive complex of three wildfires threatens to torch the southwestern Colorado resort.

The fire exploded to more than doubled the size over the weekend, consuming an estimated 77,000 acres (120 sq miles) by Sunday night, authorities said.

Multiple evacuations and pre-evacuations are in effect for the fire area and vicinity, including 400 permanent residents in South Fork and an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 tourists.

The massive fire has forced the authorities to close multiple roads and trails. The primary closures are Highway 160 from the chain-up area to South Fork, and Highway 149 between South Fork and Creede from mile post 1 through milepost 22, Inciweb said.

The West Fork Complex consists of three wildfires, West Fork, Windy Pass, and Papoose, that are burning on the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests in southwest Colorado. The fires were combined into a complex on Sunday, June 16.

Fire Summary

  • Incident Type: Wildfire
    Cause: Lightning
  • Complex Size: 76,262 acres  [>77,000 acres as of posting.]
  • Percent Contained: 0%
  • Date of Origin: Wednesday June 05th, 2013 approx. 12:30 PM
  • Location 14.5 mi NE of Pagosa Springs
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme [the fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with large amounts of beetle-killed spruce]
  • Wind Conditions: 15-25mph; G55 mph SW
  • Temperature: 75 degrees
  • Humidity: 11%
  • Total Personnel: 895 – More arriving

The Fires

  • Windy Pass Fire: ~1,000 acres
  • Papoose Fire : ~21,000 acres
  • West Fork Fire: ~54,000 acres

WFC SWColo Fire Map
A Map of West Fork Fire Complex Consisting of 
Windy Pass, Papoose and West Fork Fires

Other Info

  • Fuels Involved:  Timber with heavy dead standing bug kill
  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme fire behavior observed at the time of submission of this report due to wind and slope aligned crown fire and long range spotting up to 3/4 mile in stands of dead timber. The same is expected in tomorrow’s behavior. Red Flag Warning in effect.

Significant Events

  • Very active fire behavior. Values at risk are being assessed, evacuations and closures are being evaluated. The long range spotting from yesterday’s plume dominated fire behavior resulted in significant growth north and east of the fire.
  • The evacuation of South Fork could last up  to seven days, said the Incident Commande.
  • This is the sixth consecutive day that the complex has remained under a Red Flag Warning.

Colorado Wildfires

At least a dozen significant wildfires are currently active in Colorado. The fires have consumed an estimated 200 square miles.

US weather hazmap 24jun13
US Weather Hazards Map for June 24, 2013 Showing Red Flag Warnings, Excessive Heat Warnings and Fire Weather Watches across Western United States. Source: NWS

West Fork Complex Fire threatens Colorado town

West Fork Complex wildfire update 

Black Forest Fire – Update 

Black Forest Fire in the El Paso County:  The fire near Colorado Springs burned 14,280 acres, destroying at least 511 homes and damaging 28 others. The fire started on June 11 and was declared 100 percent contained on June 20.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States) –
NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD –
Issued 8 am EDT Monday, June 24, 2013

High Temperature for Sunday, June 23, 2013: 
110 degrees (43.3ºC) at Death Valley, CA

Low Temperature for Monday, June 24, 2013:
32 degrees (0ºC) at Lake Yellowstone, WY
32 degrees at West Yellowstone, MT

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1,000+ Homes Evacuated as Calif. Wildfire Powers Up

Posted by feww on June 2, 2013

6,000-acre Powerhouse Fire prompts mandatory evacuations of more than 1,000 homes north of LA

The Los Angeles County fire and Sheriff’s departments ordered evacuations of more than 1,000 residences from San Francisquito Canyon Road up to Elizabeth Lake Road and areas south of Lake Hughes Road Saturday night as the 6,000-acre Powerhouse Fire continued to grow.

More than 1,000 fire crews were attempting to suppress the fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic, in San Francisquito Canyon near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station next to Drinkwater Reservoir.

The massive blaze, which broke out Thursday afternoon, was fanned by erratic winds and daytime temperatures topping 105 degrees, and was less than 20% contained, as of posting.

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New Mexico Wildfires: State of Emergency Declared in San Miguel County

Fire crews in New Mexico were fighting two growing wildfires Saturday that have consumed thousands of acres and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Gov. Martinez declared a State of Emergency in San Miguel County and activated the State Emergency Operations Center after a fast-moving blaze dubbed the Tres Lagunas fire threatened about 150 cabins and vacation homes, closed a highway and prompted the authorities to evacuate dozens of residents near Pecos, NM.

The wildfire in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest, located near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles east of Santa Fe, has consumed nearly 7,000 acres and is threatening the Santa Fe and Las Vegas watersheds.

The National Weather Service had earlier forecast Critical Fire Weather conditions throughout the State and has declared a Red Flag Warning for the northern half of New Mexico through Saturday.

2nd Large Blaze in NM prompts evacuations

Another New Mexico blaze, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs, has grown to about 1,500 acres overnight prompting the authorities to evacuate at least 50  homes in the area.

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Colorado Wildfire Threatens Several Homes

A wildfire in the Rio Grande National Forest, about 15 miles southwest of the small town of Creede, was reportedly  threatening several homes and outbuildings Saturday.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Philippines: M5.6  quake struck 5km ENE of Carmen, North Cotabato province, Philippines (7.215°N, 124.839°E; depth=16.0km ), damaging or destroying dozens of homes and injuring at least a dozen people.

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Taiwan: M6.2 earthquake struck 22km SSE of Buli, in central Taiwan (23.794°N, 121.082°E; depth=20.0km ). No reports of damage or injuries were available as of posting.

  • The quake reportedly shook buildings in the capital Taipei and caused a gas explosion.
  • A villager was killed after being hit by falling rocks, and about two dozen others injured.
  • The quake was felt in Hong Kong, some 700km away, reports said.

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Hundred Evacuated Amid Flooding in Central Europe

Authorities in Czech Republic have evacuated hundreds of residents near the Vltava river after water levels began  reaching critical levels in the capital Prague on Sunday.

Evacuations are also underway in Germany, Austria and Switzerland due to river flooding. Cities of Passau and Rosenheim in southern Germany have issued states of emergency as water levels in Danube and Inn rivers continue to rise.

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DISASTER CALENDARJune 2, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,014 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,014 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History

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