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Posted: 10/23/20 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weather is always a factor. The worse the weather, the worse the fire.
The forests of Colorado suffer as much from neglect as any state in the US.

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Fire as of 10.24.20 is now on the western edge of the Town of Estes Park and approaching the Bear Lake Road in RMNP. H E R E - Update is an update, this is now a national news story. All of Estes Park now under mandatory evacuation, and areas south along CO 7 from Lily Lake to Allenspark are now under evac orders.

Two deaths have now been reported as of last night's news broadcasts. An elderly couple refused to evacuate the home in Grand Lake that had been in their family for generations, and they tried to shelter in a concrete bunker on the property. The house was destroyed and they did not survive in the bunker. This is such a devastatingly sad report.

M O R E - INCIWEB More from the inciweb site, with an up-to-date map of the spot fire that jumped the divide.


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Posted: 10/24/20 10:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Forests in National Parks may be on the only place worse than the National Forests. They have no forest management at all.

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Posted: 10/25/20 07:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

News reports indicate that the Winding River Resort just outside of Grand Lake was completely destroyed by the fire. Can't find any information on the Elk Creek Campground, but the mapping would indicate that it probably sustained damage.

The East Troublesome Fire was also burning up toward the Kawuneeche Entrance/Vistors Center but had not reached that far north. Hopefully the weather will help to stall out the fire from moving further north.

On the east side spot fire outside Estes Park, parts of Moraine Park have been burned, around Cub Lake and Fern Lake, and appears that the fire may have gotten in to the Campground Loop D (the tent loop). Also burned are areas north of Moraine Park up to US 34 and the Beaver Meadows area.

Right now, here in Loveland, we've got probably 7-8 inches of snow and it's still coming down pretty good. 11 inches reported in NW Fort Collins and 17 inches reported in the area of the Mishawaka in Poudre Canyon. I so hope that they are getting dumped on big time on both the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires.

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Posted: 10/26/20 09:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks, Thom. We are following these fires with great concern and sorrow. We camped at Glacier Basin campground in September and had to leave early because of the September snowfall. Now we are thankful for this snowfall and hope that it will be enough to at least help the firefighters. Please continue to keep us posted.





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The firefighters are probably having a tough time w the conditions. Nothing like waking up to a foot of new snow and then having to lace up the frozen White's boots for a nice 16 hour day in the cold.

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They're keeping the firefighters in for another day today. The snow is done but the roads are not good and some areas up there got over a foot (hooray!). They are allowing some residents in Grand County back up to their properties too. I'm guessing we'll get a real picture tomorrow.


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Oh and the town of Estes Park posted on their Facebook page to ask people to NOT visit right now for recreation purposes. That's sad they even had to post that.

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Firefighters have been put up in the Stanley Hotel in Estes. They had a down day, as pointed out, due to the extreme cold and poor road conditions. It was interesting to look toward the foothills this morning and see what appeared to have been steam rising from the western view.

And in Grand Lake area, the Sheriff over there organized a certified group of folks to go in to evacuated houses and do everything they could to winterize the houses. His department put these folks in touch with homeowners to winterize as many houses as they possibly could, given the current weather conditions. HUGE KUDOS to Sheriff Brett Schroetlin of Grand County for thinking outside the box for a solution to a monumental problem.

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Posted: 10/27/20 09:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thom02099 wrote:

Firefighters have been put up in the Stanley Hotel in Estes. They had a down day, as pointed out, due to the extreme cold and poor road conditions. It was interesting to look toward the foothills this morning and see what appeared to have been steam rising from the western view.

And in Grand Lake area, the Sheriff over there organized a certified group of folks to go in to evacuated houses and do everything they could to winterize the houses. His department put these folks in touch with homeowners to winterize as many houses as they possibly could, given the current weather conditions. HUGE KUDOS to Sheriff Brett Schroetlin of Grand County for thinking outside the box for a solution to a monumental problem.


Let's hope they do better than the folks who stayed there when it was called the Overlook Hotel in the Shining...


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