Posted at about 4 p.m. October, 16, 2019. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado's wildfire season. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. But if you look up just a little, normalcy vanishes. Call 970-903-2673 or email, The Pagosa Daily Post is published by Bill Hudson Productions, PO Box 2152, Pagosa Springs CO 81147. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR are welcome. Here’s a map that updates regularly displaying what’s happening related to fires across the state of Colorado. Lee is grateful for the firefighting effort, but questions why it wasn't more aggressive from the start. For now, they're staying with friends. The blaze has spurred mandatory evacuations in several subdivisions, causing some 300 people to be evacuated from about 130 homes. Wind Fuels Grass Fire Near Highway 93 In ArvadaArvada firefighters rushed to a grass fire burning near Highway 93 on Sunday afternoon. By then, they had just minutes to escape the “hellscape” roaring over a ridge to their house, DeToy said. While the Decker Fire remains at 8,000 acres and 30 percent containment, it hasn't grown much since blowing up briefly over the weekend. As a cyclist, part of Akins’ daily routine now includes checking the weather and smoke forecast before going outside. Ginger Lee and her husband went to look at the fire in its early days when it was just a couple of hundred acres. “So it’s kind of a double whammy. One of Colorado’s smaller fires exploded late Wednesday from 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) to 196 square miles (508 square kilometers) and closed Rocky Mountain National Park. One day it’ll just sit there and simmer, next day it’ll make a big run," said Chaffee County Emergency Manager Richard Atkins. Firefighters have had a somewhat easier time in recent days. All rights reserved: Bill Hudson Productions :, ‘East Troublesome’ Fire Threatens More Homes in Grand County, ‘Specialty Outreach Clinics’ Help Colorado Children Reach Their Health Potential. Plus, the air quality has gotten bad enough in some areas that Gov. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! However, dry and windy conditions forced a change in strategy late in the month. The couple was packing Saturday afternoon when firefighters arrived to evacuate homes. Poor air quality contributes to breathing issues that people may face from the virus or if they have asthma, emphysema or acute bronchitis, which can lead to more emergency room visits, said Colleen Reid, assistant professor of geography at the University of Boulder who studies the effects of climate change on public health. And while they've been cleared to return, the couple decided to spend at least one more night in their RV closer to town. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Inciweb The latest map of the Decker Fire, Oct. 16, 2019. In 2017, the Colorado State Forest Service reported that more than 2.9 million Coloradans lived in the “wildland-urban interface” — areas at risk of being impacted by wildfires. The extended wildfire season has taken a toll amid another crisis. “If I had a panic button, I would push it — because we have put millions of homes in harm's way across the Western U.S.,” Balch said. Once the fire is over, she hopes decision-makers to do a serious evaluation of their approach to the incident. Its cause remains officially undetermined, though officials suspect it was caused by a passing vehicle on the interstate. In its place, you'll see the bands of thick gray smoke that billow from the mountains just outside city limits. Things appear to be pretty normal at ground level in downtown Salida; the fall days are bright and sunny and life continues on like it always has. “We don’t see October fires that get this large,” she said. All rights reserved. It includes two fires … Jared Polis has encouraged people to stay indoors to avoid the health effects of smoke that are compounded by the coronavirus. Satellite imagery of the smoke plumes from four major Colorado wildfires on August 15. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. In parts of Colorado, the sky has been gray, the sun hazy and the odor of a burning campfire persistent for much of September and October. "Once established, wind-driven spot fires could spread quickly," officials said on a Facebook page set up to monitor the blaze. The U.S. Drought Monitor designated all of Colorado as abnormally dry or in drought for the first time in eight years, with many areas labeled “extreme” or “severe.”. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Decker Fire has been burning since Sept. 8 after it was started by a lightning strike. The map defaults to Colorado… TEXAS MAN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING HAD SHOES, SOCKS 'BLOWN OFF HIS FEET'. “This fire is very unpredictable. He’s also packed a bag in case of an evacuation order. Around 806 personnel are assigned to the fire, which has closed multiple roads in Chaffee, Fremont and Saguache Counties. A fire that began in July and was finally contained in mid-September near the western Colorado city of Grand Junction became the largest in state history — charring over 217 square miles (562 square kilometers). Market data provided by Factset. A wildfire burning in central Colorado continues to grow as air quality advisories were issued for parts of the state Saturday due to smoke and up to 300 people have been evacuated.

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