Monday, September 13, 2010

And Now the Reservoir Road Fire

Mountain Living #7

Another Type 1 wildfire is burning in the mountains west of Loveland. The fire started Sunday morning and quickly grew to 600 acres by the end of the day. It is now estimated at around 900 acres and is 20-25% contained. Luckily calm winds are helping to keep the fire from spreading too quickly at the moment.

A 9 News helicopter captured this image of a burning A-Frame Sunday.

Two homes have been lost in this fire and 159 homes have been lost in the Fourmile Canyon Fire, which was at 87% containment last night.

Who would have thought we would be dealing with wildfire in September? It's been unusually dry the past month or so, however, with extremely low humidity (4% the other day) and no rain in sight. I'm even hoping for a repeat of last September about now.

Update as of Friday September 17, 2010

The Fourmile Canyon fire area (fully contained on Monday) will opened to the public at 6 p.m. today almost two weeks after the fire broke out. 

The Reservoir Road fire is now 100% contained with local authorities taking control of the fire today.

The fire danger continues to be extreme.


Cherie said...

Are you guys safe where you are?

Barb said...

I've been watching these fires closely. The Nat'l Forest behind our house here in Breckenridge is full of beetle-kill. I am hoping some thoughtless person doesn't throw a cigarette down or light a campfire.

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

We are safe here Cherie--both fires were some distance away--thanks for asking.

Same thoughts here Barb. We don't have the beetle kill you guys have but anyone who lives in the mountains right now is a bit on edge. It's sad that both fires were caused by people. I'm still hoping for snow. .

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