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West Fork Fire

Postby San Juan Ron » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:19 am

FYI, the Rio Grande National Forest is closed including the CT from east of San Luis Pass to Elk Creek (includes the CDT). 160 is still closed in the Wolf Creek Pass area and 149 is closed between South Fork & Creede. The 3 fires now exceed 80k acres. SJ Ron
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby JenGa » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:21 am

Thanks for the update - what a tragedy this is all around.
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby metalmountain » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:24 am

Here is a good map. Thanks for all the updates.

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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby boudreaux » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:04 am

On Antero Monday morning, we could smell the smoke as we approached the summit. After sunrise, the smoke obscured the view from the east all the way to the southwest. The closer peaks were barely visible, Pikes Peak was visible for a few minutes before the shroud was pulled over it too. The Sangres were no where to be seen. The moon came up red, before getting brite high in the sky.

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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby Mark A Steiner » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:36 am

San Juan Ron wrote:FYI, the Rio Grande National Forest is closed including the CT from east of San Luis Pass to Elk Creek (includes the CDT). 160 is still closed in the Wolf Creek Pass area and 149 is closed between South Fork & Creede. The 3 fires now exceed 80k acres. SJ Ron

Zero containment too.

Correct me if incorrect but is not this fire the largest burn area in state history behind Hayman in 2002? Is it not larger than Missionary Ridge in 2002 and Lime Creek in 1874?
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby ajkagy » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:44 am

Mark A Steiner wrote:
San Juan Ron wrote:FYI, the Rio Grande National Forest is closed including the CT from east of San Luis Pass to Elk Creek (includes the CDT). 160 is still closed in the Wolf Creek Pass area and 149 is closed between South Fork & Creede. The 3 fires now exceed 80k acres. SJ Ron

Zero containment too.

Correct me if incorrect but is not this fire the largest burn area in state history behind Hayman in 2002? Is it not larger than Missionary Ridge in 2002 and Lime Creek in 1874?



1. Hayman fire (137,760 acres )
2. High Park (87,284 acres)
3. West Fork Complex (79,182 acres so far?)
4. Missionary Ridge (71,739 acres)

top 3 for sure, might be 2nd largest before it's all said and done, huge for sure.
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby jdorje » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:53 pm

I'm not sure this qualifies as a tragedy. 125 square miles burned, a few thousand people inconvenienced, and a few million dollars spent protecting property. So far the only thing that has burned is dead trees. Of course, this could still change.
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby Tango2Hotel » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:54 pm

Does anyone know how badly San Luis is affected? Thanks!
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby San Juan Ron » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:29 pm

San Luis gets the smoke off an on depending on the direction of the wind. Remember, Rio Grande National Forest is "closed".

Also, they are now escorting traffic between South Fork & Creede on 149.

The fire is now at 81k acres. SJ Ron
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby pbakwin » Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:54 pm

I'm pretty sure parts of the Colo Trail in that area are closed, right? I don't suppose the forests will be open for weeks to months. Seems like it's far enough E and S that it won't affect Hardrock???
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Re: West Fork Fire

Postby Sugar Madison » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:10 pm

Pbakwin: it (the Papoose fire portion) is burning in the Pole Creek drainage, but downstream of the course and Pole Creek aid station. Dale's last email said the course isn't currently threatened.

Sure hope they get this monster under control soon.

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