Local Emergency – High Winds Blowing Fire towards South Boulder (‘Flagstaff Fire’)

For quick info on the fire near Boulder:

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North Boulder – June 26, 2012 – (6/27 been updated and added onto a couple times since, see  links above for latest news.  Maps below, as I find them.  Informative comments welcome.)

  • At time of original posting, 6/26/2012 -8:11 pm: windy and it smells very smokey outside…  ‘City on Alert‘  – No structures are threatened at this time.

I went on a short walk earlier this afternoon, after a hail, rain and lightning storm blew through.  Sounds a bit like ‘war’ outside, actually, with all the planes and helicopters…  From the vantage point just south of Wonderland lake, flames could be seen shooting high into the sky behind Green Mountain.

The fire is heading towards Boulder.  Type 1 federal incident team are assisting local and county fire fighters.  Over 2400 pre-evacuation orders have been sent.  (SOURCE:  Local Newspaper: Daily Camera: http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_20942065/boulder-county-officials-responding-reports-two-small-grassfires – click through for latest.)

8:11 pm:  “200 firefighters on scene, air attacks will continue until dark. Feds take over tomorrow” … “228 acres burned, fire moving east in both north, south directions”  Assisting in the fire fight are (on June 26, 2012):

  • 3 Type-1 helicopters,
  • 1 Type-3 helicopter,
  • 2 heavy air tankers,
  • 1 lead plane, and
  • 1 air attack plane

Photo @ 5:37 pm, looking south from North Boulder:

“Flagstaff Fire” (off Flagstaff road, South Boulder – as seen from North Boulder at 5:37 pm June 26, 2012.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven.

9News (Denver TV), online evening news on June 26, 2012 (screenshot, link below it):

Afternoon helicopter view of Flagstaff Fire from its west side.

SOURCE:  http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1708277310001

Maps:

  • Added 3:20pm 6/27/2012:  Fire Perimeter Map of the Flagstaff Fire near Boulder.  Source: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_20951733  and Screenshot (below, click link for latest, zooming in/out or switching to satelite landscape imagery):

Click for more recent update. Source: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_20951733

  • My first own map from June 26th:

This are very rough approximations to show the GENERAL (not precise) location of the fire on the edge of Boulder, just west of NOAA and NCAR.
For the exact location and other official info, see links at the beginning.

There were 26 actual evacuations in the mountains (so far), but only “pre-evacuation notices” in Boulder, meaning people in those areas should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice if conditions unexpectedly change for the worse.  Latest I heard on KGNU’s 9pm update is that it’s luckily looking unlikely to come to that.   The fire did move into ‘Boulder open space’, though, meaning it’s officially “in town”, so to speak.

Before signing off, this was the latest from what seems to be the best source, the Boulder Office of EMERGENCY MANAGEMENThttp://boulderoem.com/emergency-status :

  • Inciweb (Forest Service fire incidents) may soon have more as well.   It is the best source for updates on forest fires in the United States:  http://www.inciweb.org   There are currently AT LEAST 8 other major forest fires in Colorado, and many more throughout the West.  This (below) is a screenshot of the most significant ones in Colorado, as of 10:36 pm on Tuesday June 26, 2012.  Click image for latest updates.  The High Park Fire has grown to over 87,000 acres (see also previous blogposts):

SOURCE: InciWeb Colorado. Click for latest:
http://www.inciweb.org/state/6/

Disclaimer:  This is NOT an official source of information.  I just like to bring info together to make it easy to check stuff.

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  [last updated 10:40 am MDT on 6/27/2012]

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