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Old 10-22-2020, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default Colorado fires blow up

Folks , Northern Colorado could use your prayers right now.
Grand Lake, RMNR and Estes Park are in danger today from the East Troublesome Fire . It went from 9,000 acres to over 100,000 yesterday. All of northern forest is closed.
Seems fires may have been started by hunters not abiding by the fire bans, campers too.

Please , if you're headed to Colorado to hunt abide by any restrictions where ever you are. Very bitter cold front coming but watch for restrictions to get lifted before you start that fire for warmth.

Folks had to evacuate with little notice last night, many have lost everything. Fires have the chance to merge and burn into Estes Park and RMNP.
Very high fore danger down into SW Colorado too. Please make good decisions on your campfires.

This is Grand Lake last evening:
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:32 AM   #2
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We have some friends that may have lost their home in Grand Lake last night, haven't confirmed yet.
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:37 AM   #3
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It is bad. Been watching live coverage on Denver TV. Many had minutes to get out. Hope your friends are ok.
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:55 AM   #4
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There was smoke everywhere north of Steamboat, CO during our archery hunt. First time I've experienced that.
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:56 AM   #5
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Just terrible! Praying for all impacted.
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:21 PM   #6
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Hate to hear about these big fires
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:35 PM   #7
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East of Kremmling/Steamboat yesterday.

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Old 10-22-2020, 01:35 PM   #8
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I just read RMNP is closed now.

We were just there a few weeks ago.
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:37 PM   #9
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Prayers up & some of those pics are just awe inspiring.
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:40 PM   #10
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One way to get rid of all the insane amounts of beetle killed deadfall.
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:42 PM   #11
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East of Kremmling/Steamboat yesterday.

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Wow!!! Prayers....
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:48 PM   #12
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One way to get rid of all the insane amounts of beetle killed deadfall.
If only. It will add to some standing dead that will start falling a couple of years.
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:48 PM   #13
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Sister and brother in law evacuated. They are on the Poudre.
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:52 PM   #14
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Friend in Colorado just text and said it is now closer to 200k
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:53 PM   #15
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Read Granby is forced/mandatory evacuations now. That’s one of the few independent/family oriented ski spots left. Between this fire and spring Covid closures, that may kill that resort
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Old 10-22-2020, 04:17 PM   #16
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That's crazy. Bringing fuel tablets for my stove instead of making any wood fires for this very reason. Praying for them.
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Old 10-22-2020, 04:19 PM   #17
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Unreal how quickly that can spread and destroy things. Prayers for those in it's path.
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Old 10-22-2020, 04:42 PM   #18
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We were in Walden for 1st Rifle season and the last day smoke was really thick and bad. Bad for breathing.. hope they get a break with the weather.
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Old 10-22-2020, 05:23 PM   #19
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Praying for CO!


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Old 10-22-2020, 05:49 PM   #20
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Wow! My brother and sister in law have a place in Grand Lake.
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:03 AM   #21
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Is there a site to see all the active or past fires for Colorado

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Old 10-23-2020, 06:20 AM   #22
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Weather.gov and hit CO then area around steamboat springs. They have more info. Well Google grand lake fire and a nice Google map popes up. Wow.

Prayers for those folks.

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Old 10-23-2020, 07:15 AM   #23
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So sad for these people.. I hope everyone escaped these areas..

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Old 10-23-2020, 07:41 AM   #24
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Bad deal for all those folks
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:46 AM   #25
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Prayers sent!
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Old 10-23-2020, 08:41 AM   #26
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That's crazy. Bringing fuel tablets for my stove instead of making any wood fires for this very reason. Praying for them.
You may want to look into that further depending on where you're going. Can't use a stove in a National Forest right now except a jet boil/canister type stove with an on/off valve. No 'sheepherder stoves' even if it has a spark arrestor. Things may change if they go back to Stage 1 with the coming snow.
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Old 10-23-2020, 09:05 AM   #27
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Is there a site to see all the active or past fires for Colorado

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https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Most of the active fires have a FB page, just search the fire name.
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Old 10-23-2020, 09:26 AM   #28
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Saw on FB fire is in RMNP. Not sure if itís true


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Old 10-23-2020, 09:36 AM   #29
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Yea it’s bad here. They are closing many national forests to hunting at this time and offering refunds and points back. If your headed this way before they get these under control make sure you check first.
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Old 10-23-2020, 10:08 AM   #30
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I have two hospitals in Grand County, one in Granby. We are pretty positive we lost our clinic in Grand Lake, we evacuated the hospital in Granby, Fire Dept set up tankers around the hospital to defend, we closed the hospital entirely yesterday and retreated to the clinic in Winter Park to try to be able to provide care for those still in the area. It's really bad. The fire was burning at 6k acres an HOUR..... it grew 100k acres overnight, we havent gotten the EOC update this morning. They expect it could join the Cameron Peak fire, which the combined fire will have burned over half a million acres (780-ish sq miles). Think of it this way.... imagine driving to Lufkin, and ALL of Angelina County was scortched, nothing standing, every square inch burned.

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Old 10-23-2020, 01:11 PM   #31
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Sad to see all this, Prayers for all the residents around the affected areas.
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Old 10-23-2020, 01:26 PM   #32
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And then people post their elk threads with campfires...
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Old 10-23-2020, 02:11 PM   #33
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And then people post their elk threads with campfires...
I opted to not comment on that thread... which was VERY hard to do. Figured after 10 years on this site I should probably not get banned now.
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Old 10-23-2020, 02:45 PM   #34
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I have two hospitals in Grand County, one in Granby. We are pretty positive we lost our clinic in Grand Lake, we evacuated the hospital in Granby, Fire Dept set up tankers around the hospital to defend, we closed the hospital entirely yesterday and retreated to the clinic in Winter Park to try to be able to provide care for those still in the area. It's really bad. The fire was burning at 6k acres an HOUR..... it grew 100k acres overnight, we havent gotten the EOC update this morning. They expect it could join the Cameron Peak fire, which the combined fire will have burned over half a million acres (780-ish sq miles). Think of it this way.... imagine driving to Lufkin, and ALL of Angelina County was scortched, nothing standing, every square inch burned.
Real sorry to hear that. My aunt is a radiologist over in Masonville and the fire got pretty close to her house a few days ago. Wishing y'all all the best.
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:34 PM   #35
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I opted to not comment on that thread... which was VERY hard to do. Figured after 10 years on this site I should probably not get banned now.

Oops , I bet I stepped in that one. I asked if there was a ban. Some parts of the forest did lift some restrictions.
Be interesting if USFS decides to check social media and see what folks have posted for hunting trips. Wouldn't be too hard to find some folks and ask a few questions.

The fire is not burning every thing up. There will be pockets of nice timber left standing and good grass in areas, a mosaic pattern burn.
Lots of standing dead left though and some areas that burned so hot it will be mineral soil left, regeneration will take years in those areas. Some areas will recover with decent moisture in 2 years or so, maybe one.

Towns and homes, that is another story. Lots of folks have lost everything, and lives.
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:00 PM   #36
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Holy cow that's horrible. Prayers sent.
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:03 PM   #37
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Prayers sent to all those affected by these fires. I have been to most if not all the places listed that are suffering. This is about as bad as it gets for the folks up there. Tragic does not describe what is happening to those folks!
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:01 PM   #38
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We have some friends that may have lost their home in Grand Lake last night, haven't confirmed yet.
My friends thinks theirs is gone in GL also. Very sad!
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Good grief thatís an amazing picture, prayers for all who are in danger from these fires.
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