Sunday, June 30, 2013

Horse Evacuation Plan... S.J.Nat'l Forest FIRE RESTRICTION NOTICE

Not much happening with the fires except that they keep burning away - awaiting a change in weather to change their behavior.


As of July 2nd, fire restrictions are in place for the entire San Juan National Forest. U.S. Forest Service regulations at lower elevations are more restrictive than those at higher elevations.

For more information, please go to:

The Archuleta County Emergency Management has published this statement to help folks with live stock, mainly horses, but also in general it gives an outline of good planning and preparation that any owner of live stock should think about before a fire is threatening them.  Seems to me a good thing to help share:

Saturday, June 29, 2013Horse Evacuation Plan Press Release 

Monday, June 24, 2013

West Fork Fire Complex - Tuesday,7/2/13 - 8 AM - unofficial update

CDOT Special Message:  The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass this morning at 6:00 am.  If fire activity warrants, the highway could be re-closed, so travelers are urged to check road conditions at for updated road information. 
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For those curious about the global warming, bark beetle, forest fire connection please see:  

"The Changing Face Of Our Forests - bark beetle and global warming"
"A citizen's review of the 'San Juan Bark Beetles and Watersheds Workshop'"

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Thick smoke billows across the landscape in these digital photographs of the western United States. Both photographs were taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on June 19, 2013.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

West Fork Fire, Windy Peak Fire - 6/23/13 - 4pm - unofficial update

Sunday morning and the fires continue to burn although it seems like the Windy Peak Fire on the other side of the mountain from Wolf Creek Ski Area has slowed, in fact some sources don't even report the fire.

The town of South Fork remains OK, in part because the fire came to an Aspen Forest that wouldn't light up, so the fire took a detour.  The town remains evacuated, with a large contingent of fire fighters and equipment ready to confront any renewed threat to the town.  Further into the mountains the West Fork Complex has burned close to 70,000 acres as of Saturday afternoon.

Further east the East Peak Fire near Walsenburg continues growing to over 10,000 acres, though it's reported to be 10% contained.

Friday, June 21, 2013

West Fork Fire complex and Windy Pass Fire (6/22/2013-7:30am)

Here's an informal update on current fires around the Wolf Creek Pass and the Alberta Park watershed area.
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Friday June 21, 2013  3:00 MDT