Forest / Wild Fire – North-America – USA

EDIS Number: WF-20120327-34666-USA
Date / time: 27/03/2012 03:20:14 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Colorado
Location: [Jefferson County]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 1 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy


At least "a handful of homes" were lost to a large fire in Jefferson County on Monday and the number of evacuations has now soared. The fire is burning out of control southeast of Aspen Park and is one of several that broke out on Monday afternoon as high wind gusts swept over the Front Range. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jacki Kelley says the Lower North Fork Fire is now more than 3,000 acres. She told 9NEWS "at least a handful of homes" were lost to the flames, but they do not have a specific count. The fire is burning in an area near Conifer on Buffalo Creek Road near Foxton and River roads. Kelley says 900 homes were evacuated because of the fire. The evacuation area is north and east of the fire. More people may still be evacuated. Evacuated residents were asked to go to Chatfield and Conifer High Schools. Smoke from the fire is visible from Denver. Four people were trapped by the fire at one point, but the sheriff's office says they got out OK and were not injured. Kelley says the fire is from a prescribed burn by the Colorado Forest Service that was set last week and "escaped." Large animals evacuated due to the fire can be taken to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Elk Creek and North Fork Fire Departments are on scene and no air support was called because of the winds. The U.S. Forest Service is sending two hand crews to help fight the fire. The fire started burning on Denver Water Board land. Because of the fire, South Foxton Road is closed from Reynolds Ranch south to the river. Forest Road 550 is also closed to Buffalo Creek. At least 15 fire departments have responded to the fire. Because of the Lower North Fork Fire, the metro area is under an air quality advisory due to the smoke in the air. Authorities say if visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood due to a wildfire or controlled burn, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood it's recommended you stay indoors. This is especially important for people with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 6 on 2012-04-01 at 12:33:21.
Situation Update No. 5 on 2012-03-31 at 16:41:27.
Situation Update No. 4 on 2012-03-30 at 02:55:14.
Situation Update No. 3 on 2012-03-28 at 11:12:33.
Situation Update No. 2 on 2012-03-28 at 03:16:00.
Situation Update No. 1 on 2012-03-27 at 16:49:57.

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