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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! High Park Fire

    denverpost.com : High Park Fire in Larimer County grows from 50 acres to 200 in half hour

    Fast growing fire west of Loveland and Ft. Collins.

    From Estes it looks like a giant thundercloud building to the north.

    I hope everyone stays safe and this is under control as soon as possible.

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    Looks pretty bad from East of FC too. Best wishes to anybody affected and those involved with the fire fighting

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    I was up on Springbrook, doing the usual. I got to the big meadow, turned around to get a pic of some riders coming through and WTF? Another fire? Why not. Hottest day of the year, like clockwork A New Fire! Lightning, downed power line, human caused...who knows at this point.

    The first pic is early on. By the time I got home it had exploded in size.
    Last edited by xcguy; 06-20-2012 at 05:56 AM.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    looked big from chief mtn today
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
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    Looks like a mushroom cloud from FoCo... 2000+ acres already

    InciWeb the Incident Information System: High Park Fire

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    0% contained, 5-6 miles north of Bobcat Ridge, lots of artillery on it, flyin over all day.

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    View looking out the backdoor of the shop. Jealous of you fellows who got to snap your pictures while on a ride rather than at work


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    Gee, another fire in Colorado.



    Really? Who gives a flying f!ck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drunkenbikesnob View Post
    Gee, another fire in Colorado.



    Really? Who gives a flying f!ck?
    I ride those trails that are burning, so ya, I care. Even if it weren't for my personal attachment to the place, fire is a pretty fascinating phenomenon.

    EDIT: Being concerned for the trails is a bit petty I realize. My best thoughts go out to everyone living up there who has lost their home or are at risk of it.

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    [QUOTE=DanD;9394688]I ride those trails that are burning, so ya, I care. Even if it weren't for my personal attachment to the place, fire is a pretty fascinating phenomenon.

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    [QUOTE=MarketingMTB;9394727]
    Quote Originally Posted by DanD View Post
    I ride those trails that are burning, so ya, I care. Even if it weren't for my personal attachment to the place, fire is a pretty fascinating phenomenon.
    Fire is a normal phenomenon in Colorado.

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    [QUOTE=MarketingMTB;9394741]
    Quote Originally Posted by MarketingMTB View Post

    Fire is a normal phenomenon in Colorado.
    I'm not claiming that it isn't. It's something that I think is interesting and I'm glad there are other people on this site that brought up discussion about it, especially as it's relevant because I'm curious how the trails in that area will be effected.

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    [QUOTE=MarketingMTB;9394741]
    Quote Originally Posted by MarketingMTB View Post

    Fire is a normal phenomenon in Colorado.
    Mountain biking is a normal phenomenon in Colorado.

    Shut the whole site down.

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    Winds have picked up and it keeps growing towards the east.
    Hoping they can get a hold on this before it continues to burn into more populated areas.

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    I nabbed a few shots of the sunset and the fire tonight. Flames are now visible from rotary park. Hopefully someone with better camera skills than my self was able to capture what I saw, OBD, you out there? Until then, here's what I got:

    At times during the sunset, the smoke entirely blocked out the sun.


    This one was taken from rotary park, 1 mile from my apartment as the crow flies. I estimate the fire is ~6 miles from my door. Luckily there's a lake in the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanD View Post
    I nabbed a few shots of the sunset and the fire tonight. Flames are now visible from rotary park. Hopefully someone with better camera skills than my self was able to capture what I saw, OBD, you out there? Until then, here's what I got:

    At times during the sunset, the smoke entirely blocked out the sun.


    This one was taken from rotary park, 1 mile from my apartment as the crow flies. I estimate the fire is ~6 miles from my door. Luckily there's a lake in the way.
    I took some crappy cell phone pics of it that aren't really worth uploading. I didn't know there was another fire and went and rode pineridge and maxwell this evening, admiring how crazy the "clouds" looked during sunset. Got to the top of Maxwell and got the whole story. There was also a decent size crowd of people in the parking lot up top, taking photos and observing. Live on the westside of town, smells pretty strong now but the wind appears to have died down.

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    6am Sunday sunrise

    Don't smell any smoke here in Westminster.

    edit: wind just shifted. Yup, smoke in the air.

    From Larimer County Emergency:

    5:55 AM - Jun 10

    474 evacuation notices for the High Park Fire have been sent to residents in areas south and west of Bellvue to include the Lory State Park area, the Redstone Canyon area and Buckhorn Road up to the Stove Prairie School. Residents in this evacuation area need to evacuate to the McKee building on The Ranch property at I25 and Crossroads Blvd. Use the south entrance and park in the first gravel lot. Officals with the Red Cross will be there.

    150 evacuation notices have been sent to residents from CR27E to Bellvue for the High Park Fire.
    This follows the 177 notifications sent last night for Poudre Canyon from MM111 to MM118 on Highway 14. The entire Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie Road to Ted's Place at Highway 287 is under mandatory evacuation.

    Highway 14 is closed from Ted's Place to Stove Prairie Road. Visitors should avoid this area.

    Evacuation center is Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte.

    Large animals and livestock can be taken to the Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Blvd. Smaller animals and pets may be taken to Larimer Humane Society.
    Last edited by xcguy; 06-20-2012 at 05:53 AM.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    There is ash all over my car and around my house this morning here in old town Fort Collins.

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    Probably a dumb question, but it wouldnt be smart to go riding anywhere in the fort collins area right now, due to all the smoke you'd be breathing in. Would everyone agree on that?

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    Probably right, not the best idea to inhale all that smoke if you don't have to.

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    My son lives in north Loveland and we have shared many great rides Bobcat, Hewletts, Lory, Maxwell and Backbone. My thoughts go out to folks out there in the fire zone.

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    I had planned an early morning ride from home to HTMP, North to Lory, East to Shoreline and Maxwell and then home. I walked outside around 6am and the smoke was pretty thick and saw some ash in the air so I figured it wouldn't be good for the lungs. Plus I think Lory might be shutdown and HTMP could be as well for all I know.

    It would have been a nice ride with the great cool weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandy View Post
    fire is a pretty fascinating phenomenon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furrydogs View Post
    I had planned an early morning ride from home to HTMP, North to Lory, East to Shoreline and Maxwell and then home. I walked outside around 6am and the smoke was pretty thick and saw some ash in the air so I figured it wouldn't be good for the lungs. Plus I think Lory might be shutdown and HTMP could be as well for all I know.

    It would have been a nice ride with the great cool weather.
    I think the Backbone should be fine without smoke. The wind is coming from the SW so the smoke in theory shouldn't make it's way there. That's where I'm heading. I hit the Good Guys car show yesterday at the Ranch. It was a good time although $18 is a bit steep for admission. I figure a ride today will make for a good weekend. My thoughts and prayers go out to those effected by this fire.
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    We were evacuated this morning from North of Masonville via reverse 911 call and Fire Marshall. The parking lot was closed at HTMP as we drove by about 6:30am

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    This really sucks, and it's only June. You guys be safe up there.

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    Not sure how, but even with the winds out of the south, we've got a strong smell of fire down here in the Springs. Unless we're smelling the AZ fires....

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    Not sure how, but even with the winds out of the south, we've got a strong smell of fire down here in the Springs. Unless we're smelling the AZ fires....
    From where I'm at it looks like a little of the smoke is sticking around right at the base of the foothills and even moving south along them

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    Looks like the top of Young's burned. That's a big GD fire. Be safe out there.
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    Just got back from riding Backbone to Indian Summer and back. Smoke wasn't noticeable at first, but definitely felt it by the end of the ride. Still a good ride, great weather this morning.

    Drove back to the Fort via Masonville, and HTMP was closed when we drove by. That was our original plan this morning. Glad we stayed away. Even if it was open, it looked to be a cloud of smoke over the park

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpramick View Post
    Just got back from riding Backbone to Indian Summer and back. Smoke wasn't noticeable at first, but definitely felt it by the end of the ride. Still a good ride, great weather this morning.

    Drove back to the Fort via Masonville, and HTMP was closed when we drove by. That was our original plan this morning. Glad we stayed away. Even if it was open, it looked to be a cloud of smoke over the park
    Thanks for the ride report. I was planning a 4:00 pm ride at the Backbone. But it's not worth it to me to be inhaling that crap.
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    11:33 AM - Jun 10

    High Park Fire is now at 14,000 acres with 0% contained.

    Residents on County Road 29C and McMurray Ranch Road are being asked to prepare for a possible evacuation. This is not an actual evacuation, however, if fire conditions worsen, they may be told to evacuate. 33 notifications sent.

    Containment goals for today include attempting to contain fire within the following boundaries:

    North of Buckhorn Road
    East of Pingree Park Road
    South of Highway 14
    West of Boyd Gulch/Redstone Canyon

    Highway 14 has road blocks at

    Rustic (residents only)
    Walden (gate is closed)
    Stove Prairie (no access)
    Ted's Place (residents only if they live below MM118).
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    4:44 PM - Jun 10

    An evacuation order has been issued for the area North of County Road 38E, from Horsetooth Reservoir to Redstone Canyon to Lory State park. 326 emergency notifications were sent.

    An evacuation shelter has been set up at Cache La Poudre Middle School, large animals and livestock can be taken to the Ranch at I25/Crossroads, and small domestic animals can be taken to the Larimer County Humane Society.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    My wife and I went for a short road ride around 3:00 from the central Fort Collins. The wind really kicked up while we were out and the smoke plume north of down got darker and started expanding toward the south. They've really got a tough battle with this one.

    Been watching twitter--latest word is that it jumped across the Poudre Canyon Hwy.

    They're now evacuating all of the HTMP area north of 38E between the reservoir and redstone canyon. Also Bonner Peaks up near Livermore and Crystal Mountain up near where the fire started.

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    This is ugly. The best official info I can find is from the Larimer Sheriff's office and posted here:
    Larimer County Emergency Information
    It looks like they will have a level 1 fire team (the top category) on the fire by tomorrow.

    I was going to tune into KUNC for more, but they are off the air as the fire is threatening the transmitter site. The web coverage looks good, though: KUNC | Community Radio for Northern Colorado

    This reminds me too much, coincidentally, of coming back from Estes and seeing the plume for the 4-Mile fire a couple summers back. The Heyman fire anniversary has also been in the news a lot.

    Keep safe, everyone.

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    5:28 PM - Jun 10

    An evacuation order has been issued for the Crystal Mountain area including Crystal Mountain Road and the Upper Buckhorn. The burning pattern of the High Park Fire could potentially cut off exit routes for residents in this area and they should leave now while the roads are still passable. 24 notifications were sent.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    7:51 PM - Jun 10

    An evacuation order has been sent to residents south of CR38E on the south side of Horsetooth. This evacuation order has been issued for the area south of County Road 38E from Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road. The High Park Fire is moving rapidly in this direction (325 Notifications were sent).

    This evacuation includes the Canyon Grill where many of us meet after local rides. The neighborhood behind the restaurant / above the Blue Sky trail head and the neighborhood across from the HTMP upper lot is also included in this evacuation. This is hitting close to home with the homes of several friends and my daughters' classmates included this time.

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    According the news conference that just ended, it's now 20,000 acres, 0% contained. Sheriff says it's pushing north, east and south.

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    It's impossible to tell how huge this thing is from my house in town, so I snapped these pics today on my way back from a job out east.

    I was wondering if Ft. Collins was even going to be there when I got back.







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    Looks like it is going to be a long night. I hope everybody stays safe.

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    Be safe everyone.

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    I wish the best for everyone up there !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by onbelaydave View Post
    It's impossible to tell how huge this thing is from my house in town, but I snapped these pics today on my way back from a job out east.

    I was wondering if Ft. Collins was even going to be there when I got back.







    I was wondering when you'd show up! You always have some beautiful shots, except this time you really captured the ugly.

    "I was wondering if Ft. Collins was even going to be there when I got back." - if we didn't have that gigantic body of water hovering above us 24/7 I'd be starting to worry too. Like sgltrak said, this is getting too close to home. Wishing everyone who was evacuated and the firefighters the best, this is getting crazy.

    I was looking today at the relationship of the smoke cloud to Horsetooth Mountain and thought "no, it can't have grown that big." This thing is definitely moving in all directions. I'm off of Overland and there may as well be a wood burning stove in my bedroom.
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    Scary stuff, best of luck to the firefighters and residents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llama View Post
    According the news conference that just ended, it's now 20,000 acres, 0% contained. Sheriff says it's pushing north, east and south.
    But it doesn't give a lot of confidence when "The Gov" says there's 1/3rd of the entire US Heavy Firefighting Equipment working the scene and then hear the Sheriff say " There's no hope of containment, Mother Nature's in the drivers seat and all we can do is try to get people out of her way"

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    This evenings view from my house, and to make this even scarier for the photo savvy, these are shot with my 12-24 lens at 12mm, as wide angle as I can go.




    And like you, I've had to seal all my widows against the wind. This was taken just as the smoke moved in this evening.


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    I'm out on the west end of mulberry almost to overland. This thing is scary I am just waiting for the cops to bang on my door and tell me it get out. I road the motorcycle to work tonight and the ash was so thick on my visor by the time I got in to town I could hardly see out of it. After watching it blowup from bingom hill last night Fort Collins could be in real danger.

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    Now 37,000 acres and growing. More evacuation notices. Someone above linked us to the InciWeb website and here it is again. Updated just a few minutes ago.

    InciWeb the Incident Information System: High Park Fire

    I think this link gets overwhelmed with hits because it's periodically unavailable.
    Last edited by xcguy; 06-11-2012 at 08:05 AM.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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