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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire
Post Posted: Jul 2, 2018 12:46 pm 
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From the Park CO Sheriff's Office briefing this morning:

"Weston Pass Fire Information
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Weather today is expected to be dry and slightly warmer than Sunday. Afternoon wind gusts will be 20-25 mph. Relative humidity levels will range from 9-13%.
Moisture will be on the increase across the area for Tuesday and Wednesday, increasing the chances for thunderstorms and the potential for gusty, erratic winds.

Current Situation:
...Firefighters are gearing up for a longer burning period today. Fire activity is expected to pick up beginning around 11 a.m. and will probably remain active
well into the evening. Gusty winds could create rapid rates of spread.

Sunday afternoon the fire spotted across the fire line... on the south side. Firefighters were unable to contain the spot and the fire made a significant push
southward, prompting.. a mandatory evacuation of the Campground of the Rockies Association (CORA).. The fire did not reach CORA; it is currently approximately
2 miles to the northwest of the camp.

..There will be several additional aircraft on the fire today including two more Type 1 helicopters, two KMAX, and one air crane..

Closures and Public Safety: U.S. Highway 285 between Fairplay and Antero and Weston Pass Road (County Road 22) will remain closed.
For up to date information visit http://www.cotrip.org. Evacuation status may change and evolve.

For up to date information, please visit http://www.parkco.us.

Fire Statistics:

Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO
Start Date: June 27, 2018
Size: 6,417 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Total Personnel: Approximately 313
Cause: Lightning

Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 13 engines, and 2 dozers
Helicopters: Four Type 1, two Type 3, 2 KMAX, 1 Air Crane and two fixed wing"

For the full release, please see https://www.facebook.com/ParkCountySheriff/ or http://www.parkco.us

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire
Post Posted: Jul 2, 2018 1:03 pm 
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The Buffalo Peaks area of the South Park Ranger District will be closed to public access due to the fire.

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Post Posted: Jul 2, 2018 2:38 pm 
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From the Park County Sheriff's Office:

"There have been many inquiries about CORA Campground of the Rockies Association. The main fire edge is approximately 1.5 miles from CORA.

Yesterday the fire picked up in activity and pushed southward. Currently there are firing operations being conducted along road 168.
Two heavy air tankers are supporting this operation on the southern side of the fire. Much of the smoke in the area is related to these operations".

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Mandatory evacuations are still in place for Black Mountain south of CR 22 and Campground of the Rockies (CORA) located adjacent to Highway 285 directly west of Antero Reservoir.

Black Mountain north of CR 22, and Thousand Peaks subdivisions are still under a voluntary evacuation order.

IREA has cut power to homes in the area of the fire.

285 remains closed between Fairplay and Antero Junction.

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Post Posted: Jul 2, 2018 4:29 pm 
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The Weston Fire has grown to 6,575 acres in size with 0% containment.

Mandatory evacuations for Black Mountain south of County Rd 22 and CORA remain in effect.

Black Mountain north of County Road 22 and Thousand Peaks subdivisions remain on voluntary evacuations.

Hwy 285 is closed completely between County Rd 22 south to Hwy 24. Hwy 285 between Hwy 9 and County Rd 22 may be accessible to residents with proof of residency

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Post Posted: Jul 2, 2018 5:57 pm 
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Post Posted: Jul 2, 2018 9:21 pm 
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This evening's release:

"The fire continues to move in a southerly direction.. Smoke was visible from a successful firing operation.. used to remove fuel between containment lines and the fire’s edge to slow or halt the fire's advancement...

A meeting will be held Tuesday July 3rd at 6:00 pm at the Fair Barn in Fairplay..

There will be a public briefing at 2:00 PM outside at Prather’s Market in Fairplay..

A closure is in place.. at the junction of US Highway 285/State Highway 9 to all traffic, except local residents or landowners. A total closure is in place from the junction of US Highway 285/County Road 22 to Antero.

Fire Statistics:

Size: 6,417 acres

Percent Contained: 0%

Total Personnel: Approximately 412

Cause: Lightning

Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 13 engines, and 2 dozers
Helicopters: Three Type 1, two Type 3, and one fixed wing aircraft."

(This was abbreviated for easier reading by removing redundant information. For the full version: https://www.facebook.com/westonpassfire ... tion=group )

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Post Posted: Jul 3, 2018 7:30 am 
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Post Posted: Jul 3, 2018 9:21 am 
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Morning update:

Fire currently 9,342 acres

0% contained

Active fire is south of CR22 and west of US Hwy 285 and approximately 1 miles northwest of Campground of the Rockies (CORA). #westonpassfire

Highway 285 remains closed between Fairplay and the intersection of 285 and 24 (mm 162 - 182).

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Post Posted: Jul 3, 2018 10:01 am 
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There is a Red Flag Warning in place for Fairplay today as well as all of Park County, Summit County and Clear Creek County.

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Post Posted: Jul 3, 2018 10:48 am 
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From Inciweb: estimated date of containment is Sunday July 29th.

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Post Posted: Jul 3, 2018 12:26 pm 
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From today's briefing - despite the growth of the fire to the south, officials feel good about the line they are making around the west side for containment. They will continue these efforts today and probably tomorrow.

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