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killclimbz 06-21-2013 02:24 PM

Wolf Creek going to burn?
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The West Fork Complex fire looks to be right on the back side of Alberta Peak. The Ski area cam looks to have smoke in the picture. It's grainy, but I am pretty sure that is a flume.

The map at the Denver Post has a decent outline of the fire line. Not sure how accurate it is, but there is a lot of good backcountry terrain on the North side of the highway it looks to threaten. One of those areas being Gibbs Creek, which would suck. That is 45 degree trees and those trees provide some safety from slides in a dangerous spot. If they get burnt out, that area becomes a whole lot more sketch.

Even worse the town of South Fork on the east side of the pass has been evacuated. Fire officials are painting a glum picture of the town surviving. That would suck.

Wolf Creek pass is one of my favorite places to go backcountry riding in the state. I don't do it every year, but I've been down there several times. It is a special place. Cross your fingers.

stan_darsh 06-21-2013 02:29 PM

so many places are getting hammered with fire in NM because trees are hitting powerlines, or dry lightning strikes etc... i really hope that wolf creek area doesn't get burned :(

i'm already so bummed about the pecos wilderness, jemez, and other fires that have been going on.

this drought needs to end already! if not for snow, for rain... and forests that don't just go up in flames so easy!

killclimbz 06-21-2013 02:47 PM

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We are in a rough cycle right now. No doubt. Some of this fire is going to be a good thing. At least for West Fork. It is a lightning strike fire and there is so much dead fall and beetle kill that it is good to burn it out. Hopefully the ski area will come out relatively unscathed and the town will survive.

The Jemez wilderness is an awesome place. I've played around there. Hopefully the damage doesn't wreck the area for use.

Fwiw some of the most beautiful places I have been are meadows and grass lands created after a fire takes out the forest. So there will be renewal.

But yeah, this sucks...

AcroPhile 06-21-2013 11:11 PM

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Hope everything works out for the best.

linvillegorge 06-21-2013 11:54 PM

It sucks. With a fire like this there's just not shit that can be done. It's too dangerous to get firefighters in there on the ground and it's so hot that shit dropped from planes evaporates before it hits the ground. You just gotta get the fuck out of the way. The problem is that the weather looks bad for fire fighting and great for fire growing over the next week to week and a half. At this point, I think it's a foregone conclusion that this fire burn South Fork tomorrow and surpasses the Hayman Fire before all is said and done, maybe by a lot. Hell, meanwhile, that goddamn fire is STILL smoldering around up in RMNP. Evidently that canyon it's in has forest litter up to 20' deep so the damn thing is basically burning underground like a damn coal mine fire - that's how it survived the winter snow. Who knows how long that thing will smolder.

It's only a matter of time before this type of fire hits Summit/Vail. With all the beetle kill, every lightning strike could spark this type of blaze. It happens in a remote area and by the time you can get fire fighters back there, it's already too late.

snowklinger 06-22-2013 12:14 AM

its been hot and dry as fuck for the time of year the last 3 weeks...

fuck...this....heat! (fc3 anyone:D)

killclimbz 06-22-2013 07:36 AM

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Years of fire suppression have set up this scenario. Fires that grow large quickly are the norm. Hopefully the structures can be protected and a lot of the fuel gets used up.

That RMNP one is a strange one but natural. I was surprised as anyone that it was still burning. The park had good snow this year.

I hope with this Wolf Creek Pass thing that the burn avoids spots like Gibbs Creek. Where the terrain is super steep but the window to safely ride it is small. It would only get smaller. There are other forested parts of the pass that could definitely use some fuel reduction by a fire.

It does look like we have a few more weeks of this. Hopefully it will also be like last year that when the moisture returned the wildfire season died with it. There were not very many fires after that happened.

boarderaholic 06-22-2013 12:24 PM

Someone needs to figure out a way to get the flooding in Calgary over to your neck of the woods... Heh.

RockyMTNsteeze 06-24-2013 09:10 AM

There have been some close calls in Summit. Last year there was one behind Quandary. Alma had a fire with casualties. A couple of years ago there was one off of the Gulch Rd in Keystone.

Last night I thought I smelt smoke. I read in the paper in the morning there was a fire in Breck. It did not get very big, but was a close call.

Teams stop wildfire in Breckenridge Sunday |

I hope it starts raining all over Colorado. I hated last summer. The haze and smoke sucks. It is not hazy yet here.

The moon looked orange last night for a bit, so creepy.

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