As the fires continue in our home state, we first would like to thank the firefighters and first responders who continue to work on containing this season’s wildfires and keep our communities safe.
Living in the mountains has always posed a threat to wildfires but this year in particular, the threat hits a little close to home. Living in Grand County, we have been able to see the smoke and plumes from multiple fires, even nearing evacuation from the Williams Fork fire.
As of now, the Williams Fork Fire is at 26% containment and is 14,577 acres in size, with 364 fire personnel working on the fire. This fire was human caused, and being only 7 miles northeast of Fraser and Winter Park. Causing several road and forest closures. This past Sunday, October 11th, snow fell, moderating the fire behavior for the short term. Unfortunately, burning is predicted to increase through the week as high winds continue and relative humidity decreases.
The Cameron Peak Fire is at 56% containment and is 164,140 acres in size. It is located at the north end of Rocky Mountain National Park and the cause is still under investigation. It’s burning in heavy timber stands over rugged terrain. High winds and dryness have been driving fire growth. Although Trail Ridge Road has reopened, Old Fall River Road remains closed. RMNP has implemented a variety of closures on trails and zones, Click here for a full list of closures.
The Grizzly Creek Fire, just 5 miles east of Glenwood Springs, is at 91% containment and is 32,464 acres in size. This fire was also human caused but fortunately has not grown in over a month! Most area businesses and attractions have reopened and air quality is normal. Area closures remain in place for the fire perimeter and firefighters continue to monitor the fire and will take action if needed.
These 3 fires are just a few of the many that have popped up in Colorado this year. As winter approaches, we are eager that the snow will moderate these fires and put them out as soon as possible. Not only for the safety of our communities, but for the animal communities that reside in these forests.
As always, listen closely to instructions from local officials. Evacuate immediately if advised. Closely monitor conditions in your area. Be prepared, educate yourself on how you can prevent wildfires and take care of our beloved forests.
Broker Associate | Real Estate of Winter Park
Author:Elle Ennis Phone: 970-531-3637 Dated: October 15th 2020 Views: 41 About Elle: Elle is proud to be one of the few true Grand County natives you’ll meet. Daughter of the Assistan...
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