High Park Fire

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Pariahtize, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Wow! Is the color of the sat image to be trusted? Is the forest really that brown??? It just kinda looks weird to me... Is that ALL beetle kill to the west of the smoke - that is west of Stove Prairie and north of the Buckhorn - so not part of the Crystal Mtn fire or ??

    Thanks for this link - I think I figured out how to search for new sat images here - somebody tell me if they have a better way though...

    1. Go here: http://browse.digitalglobe.com/imagefinder/main.jsp? then draw a box around the area of interest. I had this link setup to the fire area but it will time out now I think: http://browse.digitalglobe.com/imag...tion=ZOOMBOX&x=209&y=166&width=193&height=123

    2. Click on "Search" on the right side. Enable pop up blockers from DigitalGlobe if you have to.

    3. This pops up a separate window of all imagery recorded within the window area. Click on Acquisition Date twice to sort and find the latest images. Click on any newer images and you can recognize roads. In each one, you can click on Image Resize and pick Max available resolution.
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  2. SugarDust

    SugarDust Kulia i ka nu'u

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    Crap! - like the apocalypse coming
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  3. Dusty_Bottoms

    Dusty_Bottoms Adventurer Ordinaire

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    The brownness you're seeing isn't a true reflection of the tree condition. There are many things that affect that. But the bottom line is that's it's very dry up here. We're putting together some images of close up areas from that satellite image. Don't think I can post the .pdf files here though and I'm not smart enough to link to them. I'll see what I can do.

    Looks like you got ImageFinder figured out, nicely done.
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  4. TheDudeAbides

    TheDudeAbides Sarcasm free11/11/10

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    The latest from Larmoer County
    <TABLE id=emergency border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top noWrap>3:49 PM - Jun 10</TD><TD vAlign=top width=20></TD><TD vAlign=top>The High Park Fire remains at 14,000+ acres and growing quickly. Containment is 0%. The fire has crossed over Highway 14 and is moving north. 1900 emergency notifications have been sent out in total.
    More resources have been ordered including more hand crews, more engines, and more aircraft. Requests for aircraft are also being made to the military. We continue to compete with other fires for the resources.
    Evacuations have been ordered for the Bonner Peaks subdivision. 183 emergency notifications were sent to this area.
    Evacuations have also been ordered for County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) from County Road 27 to Pennock Pass and residents to the south approximately 3/4-1 mile, you will need to exit the area by going east on County Road 44H/Buckhorn Road. 69 emergency notifications were sent to this area.
    Highway 287 has been closed from the Bypass at County Road 54G up to Owl Canyon Road due to visibility issues from smoke.
    Evacuations have gone well for the most part. Some residents have refused to leave.
    There have been significant closures of Forest Service recreation areas in the Poudre Canyon as a result of the fire.
    The hiker/campers thought to be in the fire area and missing have been reported outside of the fire area. One person has been confirmed missing from a home that was destroyed on Old Flowers Road.
    In addition to the main priority of public and firefighter safety, there was some success in structure protection today including one residence that was on fire and was saved by firefighters.
    No additional firefighter injuries have been reported so far.
    Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
    Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org.

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  5. snooker

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    4:15pm looking NW from Loveland. Somewhere in that maze of smoke on the right is Ft. Fun! The wind is kicking up again around here, that can't be good.

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  6. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    A week ago I was riding around up there and marveling at the beauty. This is a real tragedy.
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  7. dacrazyrn

    dacrazyrn ED RN Adventurer

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    HELL! Almost rode up Old Flowers Rd to camp at Pingree Park this weekend with the boy. Would have been a damn long weekend taking the long way home. Would have been camping west of the fire, but….crap!! This one sucks!! Craps out plans to go fishing later this week at Bellaire Lake I am sure too. :-(
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  8. FatChance

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    About three hours ago I saw a slurry bomber flying overhead up from the southwest to the northeast, obviously heading to the fire to help. With the big Gila fire and the big fire in Ruidoso in New Mexico, hopefully they can spare the equipment. It is sunny, cool and windy down here in Durango. I'm following this thread with dread and sadness. Godspeed and hopefully the winds will calm down and the weather will cooperate so they can start making some progress on this tragic conflagration.

    Right now, I don't give a damn about riding areas being burned, they'll still be there, just burned and different when nature recovers. I'm worried sick about all the people and their homes and livelihoods in harm's way, obviously. Please keep the eye witness accounts coming since we do not get Denver TV stations down here in this part of the state for updates. Thoughts and prayers...
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  9. GSL

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    No kidding.... When people start owning SV650's.....

    Sorry, needed a light moment for the day...
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  10. Wudscrasher

    Wudscrasher Stand-Up Philosopher

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  11. FotoTEX

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    As we had catastrophic fires last year in Texas we send our prayers to put the fires out your way. We may catch crap from people about being from Texas but we care very much about our friends and neighbors. We are with you in our prayers.
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  12. ItsDoAble

    ItsDoAble Been here awhile

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    Group of us went up to Swamp Creek / Killpecker (Red Feathers) today. Fire is a lot farther north than I expected. Driving back I could see flames south from the Red Feathers Rd..


    This is on 287 driving to Ted's Place from the north ...
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  13. mdrauh

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    I rode up the canyon yesterday afternoon before they closed the road, but got redirected through Red Feather Lakes to 287 on my way home this morning. Here's a shot while filling up the KLR at Ted's Place about 11:30AM today. I hope they get this thing under control, but I doubt that's going to happen soon. Ugh...

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  14. VIVID1

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    View from a West Fort Collins backyard of the smoke plume.

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  15. FatChance

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  16. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Here is the image from Dusty that I'm posting. Keep in mind the date for this data - it does not show here but I believe it is late Saturday night!
    Courtesy of Dusty and DigitalGlobe.com:

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    EDIT 6/11: I have also now seen these IR images posted on the 9news.com main fire page...
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  17. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    I assume you mean in the flatlands in W. Ft. C and not in the foothills at all? If so that is shocking it looks so close! Dusty sent me these movies from his place in Horsetooth Lake Estates up on the SW side of Horsetooth Reservoir just across from the Horsetooth Mountain Park parking lot (mountain bike and hiking spot). These were taken at 4:00pm and since then he said they were evacuating nearby areas so at 5:30 he was packed up and leaving! Holy crap...

    http://mattsnook.com/highparkfire2012/IMG_0147.MOV

    http://mattsnook.com/highparkfire2012/IMG_0154.MOV

    :clap +1000 THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS !

    another tidbit... heard on the scanner feed a while ago that live power poles are burning in half on CR29c, which is on the north side of CO 14 a mile west of Ted's Place (CO 14 and US 287).

    Tomorrow they are predicting a wind shift, I think the prevailing overall wind has been from the SW yesterday and today, and tomorrow it is supposed to be E or SE. Beware.
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  18. kcc

    kcc Been here awhile

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    No good news again today. 30 mph winds and dry air, forecast for no moisture and rising temps all week. I rode Buckhorn to Pennock Pass, Stove Prairie, and the first part of Old Flowers last week (two separate 2 hour trips) and while I'm glad I was up there recently, I just keep thinking about how dry it all was, and how I commented to my wife that there wasn't even any melt runoff on the sides of the road :-( This area is going to be devastated for a LONG time. I'm dreading the news that the ranches on Old Flowers are gone, and dreading seeing the blackened hillsides in the entire area for the next 10 years.

    This is a panorama shot from my house at I-25 and Harmony looking north and west at about 5pm today.

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  19. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Thinking about Dusty... (never even heard of him before today) and anybody else that is a fire refugee... and I'm offering my help. Adv IS a community! :norton

    I have a ton of room to park bikes (outside) if anybody needs space. Or other stuff for that matter (vehicles, etc.). I also have an SUV and trailer and can pickup bikes, assuming you have cleared the restricted area. NE Loveland.

    You can even stay here, camp in my backyard (I have tents and gear) or inside the house... watch news on the TV, Wifi. If you know anybody that needs something, PM me.
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  20. HiluxCrux

    HiluxCrux Under western skies.

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    Officially 20,000 acres (31 sq miles) at this point, so unofficially higher than that of course. On course to make Hayman look like a weenie roast.

    You know it's bad when the county sheriff says the best hope is "prayers". :huh