April 4, 2012
Calls show woman killed in Colorado's #LowerNorthForkFire called 911; timing of Forest Service's forecast requests questioned

March 30, 2012
U.S. Forest Service set to suspend prescribed burns in Colorado in wake of wildfire
U.S. Forest Service officials are preparing to announce a suspension of prescribed fires on federal land statewide — creating new challenges for managing wildfire risks.
Federal forest supervisors made the decision covering the 14.5 million acres of national forest around Colorado after prescribed fires scheduled this week on several individual forests were canceled — due to diversion of forest crews to suppress wildfires and to the continuing dry and exceptionally windy conditions.

U.S. Forest Service set to suspend prescribed burns in Colorado in wake of wildfire

U.S. Forest Service officials are preparing to announce a suspension of prescribed fires on federal land statewide — creating new challenges for managing wildfire risks.

Federal forest supervisors made the decision covering the 14.5 million acres of national forest around Colorado after prescribed fires scheduled this week on several individual forests were canceled — due to diversion of forest crews to suppress wildfires and to the continuing dry and exceptionally windy conditions.

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.

March 28, 2012

Raw Video: Escaping the Lower North Fork Fire

Doug and Kimberly Gulick, 14186 Kuehster Rd., take videotape from the cellular phone while they dashed away from their home minutes after 5 p.m. Monday upon learning the flames from the Lower North Fork Fire were near their home. They say they did not receive a reverse 911 warning.

(Source: The Denver Post)

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