A small wildland fire is burning on US Forest Service lands in a remote area several miles east of Estes Park, Colorado, and north of Highway 34. The approximately two acre Granite Gulch fire was reported late this afternoon.
Firefighters that have to deal with fires in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will have a new tool this year. The U.S. Forest Service said there will be a type 3 firefighting helicopter available, exclusively to them, from mid-June until mid-September.
Firefighters are battling TWO new blazes in Larimer County. The Denver Channel is reporting that "fire crews are responding to a fire in steep terrain, west of Pinewood Reservoir." The Larimer Sheriff announced via twitter that there are now two fires burning in the area.
An improperly discarded cigarette caused the Sail Boat Fire that burned 1 1/2 acres on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir on Wednesday. Poudre Fire Authority was called to the fire in the 3300 block of South Centennial drive around 2 pm on Wednesday.
The Black Forest Fire has done more damage in a week then we care to think about but when a fire destroys a home, the actual home is the last thing on someone's mind. Many things can be replaced, some can't and some need help replacing memories and futures.
Colorado has again been hit hard with wildfires before the official arrival of Summer has even made it's way into the state. The worst of these fires is obviously the fire still burning in the Black Forest area outside Colorado Springs. This Thursday, we all will have a chance to help out no matter where you are.
If you have sat around a table with friends or messaged each other in the last few weeks, surely someone has said "the whole state of Colorado seems to be on fire". Other comments probably include that it's only June, here we go again. It is true, it does seem like we have had our share of fires this year and the recovery is going to take a long time and a lot of money.
There are at least 7 wildfires burning across Colorado right now, including the Big Meadow Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Fire danger is extremely high and it will be hot and dry again today over much of our state.
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