March 28, 2012

Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County, Colorado

— More than 400 firefighters from several states were focusing on building

containment lines around the wildfire, which broke out Monday. Until now, the

fire’s erratic pattern has forced firefighters to focus on protecting homes, not

stopping the burn.

  • Crews have been able to achieve 15% containment on the fire. The current affected area has been updated to 4140 acres.
  • Air crews dropped more than 4100 gallons of retardant on the fire on Wednesday.
  • The number of damaged structures remains at 27. The owners of all but one structure have been notified.
  • A search team using dogs continues to look for a woman missing in the fire zone. Her home was among those destroyed or damaged.
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has suspended the use of state prescribed burns like the one that may have caused the fire.

We have more photos of the blaze.

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    That’s what I heard, too. We also had choppers fly over, at least two of which had those big red water tanks.
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    So this is what has been going on in my neck of the woods. On Monday it smelled like smoke and the sky was yellow-gray...
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    This fire may have been caused by a state controlled burn.
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