Colorado on Fire


Fires raged across Colorado this week, fueling concerns about a repeat of the devastating 2002 fire season. On Thursday alone 11,000 new acres were burned in three separate fires east of 1-25.

A fire of more than 1,600 acres in Douglas County forced the evacuation of more than 8,500 people between Parker and Franktown. Farther out on the plains, the town of Karval was threatened by a 5,100 acre blaze and near Pueblo, a 5,000-acre grass fire forced the evacuation of about 600 employees at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. All of the fires were nearly contained by Thursday night.

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The 5,100 acre fire burns near Karval in Lincoln County. (Photos: Rachel Vermillion, Charles Hoffman)

 

No homes were lost in any of the blazes, and there were no reported injuries. The Lincoln County fire consumed two county bridges on County Road N and burned a barn.

Near Golden, investigators determined Thursday that the 1,700-acre Indian Gulch fire, which started last week continued to burn.

Governor Hickenlooper has issued a disaster deceleration for the Golden fire on Thursday, freeing up additional state aide to fight the blaze.

Residents are reminded to create an emergency evacuation plan for their household and for their livestock if possible. Thursdays Douglas County fire forced the emergency evacuation of hundreds of horses from dozens of riding stables and ranchettes.

Officials from Colorado Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company are reminding people to develop an evacuation plan and make sure you have insurance protection for your home and personal belongings.

A brief brochure on wildfires and insurance, complete with disaster tips can be found here.

They say creating a home inventory can help to verify losses should the worst happen. They also recommend knowing what things are and are not covered by their plan. Residents should schedule an insurance check-up with their Farm Bureau agent if they are unsure or have questions about coverage.

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