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SOUTHERN COLORADO UNDER HIGH FIRE DANGER

SOUTHERN COLORADO UNDER HIGH FIRE DANGER

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Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center 
 
Joint Information Center 
 
MEDIA ADVISORY
USDA Forest Service
SOUTHERN COLORADO UNDER HIGH FIREDANGER
LAKEWOOD, CO--, June 13, 2011
– Hot, dry and windy weather will continuefor most of the week across the southern Front Range and eastern plains of Colorado. Tomorrow and Wednesday there will be a slight decrease in firepotential but it will be short lived as high to extreme fire potential return throughthe weekend.The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), San Isabel National Forest, San Carlos Districtis reporting the Duckett Fire to be at 1000 acres and growing. It is locatednorthwest of Westcliffe, CO in both Custer and Fremont Counties. The Duckettfire is burning in ponderosa pine, oak brush, and mixed conifer in a remote area.There is no containment at this time.Fire managers expect a very active fire period today with Red Flag warnings,humidity below 5% and wind gusts reaching 45 miles per hour (mph).Firefighters worked through the night to put in a fire line in anticipation of extremefire activity today. At present, 2 “heli-tankers” are putting retardant on the fire andground resources include Hotshot crews and a type II hand crew. Additionalresources have been ordered and a Rocky Mountain Area Type 2 IncidentManagement Team will take over management of the fire later today.Both the Custer and Fremont County Sheriffs are conducting evacuations.Approximately 40 structures are threatened at this time with an additional 200structures within 2 miles of the fire.The Track Fire north of Raton, NM is approximately 2,700 acres and could crossinto Colorado today. A Type 2 Incident Management Team from the southwestwill manage this fire. Engines and large air tankers from Colorado are helping tofight the fire.

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