It’s middle of April, but winter-like weather lingering in Colorado will have you thinking otherwise.
Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post
Colorado’s Day in Pictures — Interesting photos from around the state of Colorado
(Source: The Denver Post)
A perfect combination of relentlessly hot temperatures, historically dry forests and an afternoon thunderstorm converged to feed a wildfire that burned hotter than 1,500 degrees and moved faster than firefighters could run.
Several fire managers have called this fire’s behavior “incredible” and the dry conditions in which it’s burning “historic.”
Moisture content in the trees and vegetation across the state are at a record low, leaving parched forests practically defenseless when fires roar through, Allen said. In addition to live vegetation, dead fuels have a moisture content of about 3 percent, causing the Waldo Canyon fire to burn hotter than the Hayman fire in 2002 — the biggest wildfire in state history in terms of acres.
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, the High Park fire near Fort Collins has burned 83,205 acres and 248 homes, and is 45% contained; the Weber fire has burned 8,300 acres and is 0% contained; the Waldo Canyon fire has consumed 5,168 acres and is 5% contained; and the Last Chance fire, now 100% contained, burned 38,400 acres and destroyed 11 structures in one day. Other fires are burning in Colorado including the State Line fire and the Little Sand fire.
If you want to help the victims of these fires, we’ve compiled this list of the best places to direct help and donations.
The High Park Fire in Larimer County has burned almost 37,000 acres, damaged or destroyed an estimated 100 structures, and claimed one life so far. About 400 firefighters have been battling the blaze on Monday, and about 200 more are expected within the next 48 hours. The fire is still at 0% containment.
Our photo gallery has recently been updated with more photos of the fire, evacuated residents, and their threatened homes.
(Source: The Denver Post)
Stormy weather pounded the Front Range late last night, hitting the southwest metro area hard and keeping firefighters hopping as they responded to dozens of calls.
Lightning, thunder, heavy rains and hail caused havoc through the night and into the early morning hours as emergency personnel responded to calls on lightning-sparked house fires, flooding, car accidents and medical emergencies that were weather related.
- Read more about the storm damage
- View our collection of reader-submitted photos
- View our compilation of photos, videos and stories from around the Internet
(Photo by Steve Nehf, The Denver Post)
A Fort Collins man whose cookstove sparked the Hewlett Fire has been issued a citation by federal authorities.
James J. Weber, 56, was issued a citation for causing timber to burn without a permit.
Weber could face up to $325 in fines and fees for the citation. The federal government will also pursue civil restitution.
Firefighters make their way up to the Hewlett Gulch Fire, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in the Poudre Canyon near Fort Collins, Colorado. (Photos by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
One firefighter treated for minor injuries as Hewlett Gulch wildfire near Fort Collins, Colorado, grows to 982 acres
A firefighter battling the Hewlett Gulch Fire, burning northwest of Fort Collins, was treated for minor injuries last night.
The fire grew to about 982 acres Tuesday, according to the United States Forest Service. The fire is 5 percent contained.
Southeast Colorado mom on tornado: “My daughters’ bloodcurdling screams told me it was real.”
Josh and Therisa Brown had been warned that conditions were perfect for a tornado and so they stayed up until 2 a.m. watching the sky.
About 30 minutes after they finally went to bed, the roof blew off their trailer home.
(Photo above by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)