Colorado Wild Fires – Are you prepared?
We are being consumed by 3 major Colorado Wild fires. Firefighters are not getting the relief they need from the hot weather (triple digit temps, low humidity, high winds), and many home owners have been displaced by one of the worst occurrences in the state’s history.
Our thoughts go to every person who has been either directly or indirectly affected by the Waldo Canyon, High Park, and/or Flagstaff fires. At the time of this writing, rain is pouring down. Let’s hope it continues to provide some much needed relief. We’re here to give you a brief stat sheet on each fire and help you with some fire preparation tips:
High Park Fire
- Officials believe a lightning strike on June 6 smoldered for days, starting the fire on June 9
- Location: About 15 miles west of Fort Collins
- About 75% contained, more than 87,200 acres burned
- At least 257 homes have been destroyed in the foothills west of Fort Collins
- The cost of fighting the fire so far is $33.5 million
- Expected to be fully contained by July 15, but could be contained by July 1
Waldo Canyon Fire
- Began on June 23
- Location: near Colorado Springs; tourist area with a high population
- About 300 homes destroyed
- Approximately 32,000 people displaced from their homes
- 5% contained, about 18,500 acres burned
- More than $3.2 million has been spent fighting the fire
- Began June 26
- Location: area of Bison Drive near Walker Ranch
- 30% contained, 300 acres burned
- Pre-evacuation orders for 2,416 south Boulder residents were lifted last night
- Mandatory evacuation orders for the 26 homes on Bison Drive and Flagstaff Road remain in effect.
- Goal is to have full containment by this weekend
The Yuba City Fire Department offers these tips, however more can be found here:
What to do DURING a wildland fire:
- Turn on a battery operated radio to get the latest emergency information.
- If you have a ladder, prop it against the house so you and firefighter have access to the roof.
- If hoses and adequate water are available set them up. Fill buckets with water.
- Remove combustible materials from the area surrounding your house (lawn chairs, tables, etc.)
- Turn a light on in each room for visibility in case of smoke.
- Close all doors and windows, but do not lock them.
- Open or take down flammable drapes and curtains.
- Close all Venetian blinds and non-flammable window coverings.
- Move upholstered furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors.
- Be ready to evacuate all family members and pets when requested to do so.
- Turn of f air conditioning/air circulation systems.
- Disengage electrical garage doors so that in event of power failure, you can manually open the garage door.
- Back in your car and leave the keys in the ignition.
- Secure your pets if possible.
If you would like to help the victims of the fires, please visit Denver’s Red Cross chapter for more information on how you can be of assistance.