Wet, Cool Weather Slows Progress of Colorado’s Wildfires – State Fire Ban Lifted

IMG_2742Heavy rain and cooler temps across Colorado have helped greatly in slowing the spread of Colorado’s many wildfires. As of July 9th no new wildfires have been reported in Colorado.

Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper announced the lifting of the statewide fire ban yesterday. He cautioned that people stay informed as many local counties and cities still have strict fire bans in place. Breckenridge is still under a Level 2 fire ban which bans all outdoor fires of any type barring gas grills on decks. This includes smoking outside anywhere in Breckenridge.

There are still 2 to 3 months in this year’s fire season and even with the recent cool, wet weather people are still advised to take great care with outdoor fires this season. Here is an update on the current Colorado wildfires.

The High Park Fire near Ft Collins has been 100% contained. This fire burned over 87,000 acres and destroyed 259 homes.

The Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs has been named the most destructive fire in Colorado’s History. It is currently at 18,500 acres. The fire is 98% contained as of this morning and has burned over 700 structures since it started 2 weeks ago. All evacuees have been allowed to return to their homes.

Flagstaff Fire: Located in Boulder County, the fire is 300 acres and 100% contained.

Lightner Fire: Located 3.5 miles west of Durango, the fire is 90 acres and 100% contained. No structures are threatened.

Little Sand Fire: Located 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, the fire is 24,450 acres and 40% contained. No structures are threatened.

Pine Ridge Fire: Located 10 miles northeast of Grand Junction, the fire is 13,920 acres and 90% contained. No structures are threatened.

Weber Fire: Located in Montezuma County about 6 miles from Mancos, the fire is 10,133 acres and 90% contained. More than 100 homes have been evacuated all evacuees have been allowed to return to their homes.

For more information on Colorado’s wildfires, visit http://www.inciweb.org/state/6/.

For more information on events in Summit County this weekend, visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/best.breckenridge/events to see a comprehensive listing of events in Breckenridge and all over Summit County.

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