posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 12:02 PM
reply to post by GBP/JPY
I'm in Huerfano county, east of the west fork fire. Our east Spanish Peak is ablaze. It's 0% contained, burned 11,000 acres so far.
The west fork fire has burned 42,000 acres to date. An 18 mile stretch of US hwy 160 over wolf creek pass is closed and hwy 149 between south fork and
creede is too. The east peak fire is threatening a southern stretch of I-25 but it's open for now.
Fire officials aren't taking any chances, extremely dry conditions/wind/smoke close up roads before the fire gets there.
Unless you can handle heavy smoke at altitude, you shouldn't venture into southern Colorado right now. Depending on the wind some places are less
smokey than others, nights are bad though.
Who knows what it will be like in 6 weeks. The fires are raging through pine beetle killed trees oozing pitch, lightning can ignite them even during a
This morning fire officials reported the west fork fire slowed down when it hit Aspen groves outside of south fork. So that's some good news.
Here in Huerfano county 177 boy scouts fled the east peak fire with whatever they had in their pockets. Poor kids it must have been terrifying.
Witnesses said they could hear the fire roaring 2 miles away.
Right now we're under very strict fire restrictions, no chainsaws/welding without permits etc. Don't know about BLM but ranchers forbid vehicles of
any kind off road in areas full of dry grasses.
Whatever you decide just be safe and prepared.