Boulder Mountain Fire is on high alert with respect to wildfire potential and danger. Our crews and apparatus have remained “at home” (in spite of requests for resources to fight fires near and far) and are on high alert to respond to any fires in district. We are also working with our other Boulder County emergency response agencies to ensure that a proper response will provide for a quick knock down of any fire that may occur.
Our goal is to crush any fire, before it becomes a conflagration.
REMEMBER, IF YOU SEE SMOKE OR FLAMES DO NOT HESITATE… CALL 911. In the event that we do have a fire here in BMFPD, we want to know about it immediately. This means we can start suppression measures sooner rather than later. Remember to call 911, DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICES; there are often times when we are out of the office and any delay could be catastrophic. Calling 911 ensures the fastest response.
Also, as I have stated before, “If you see smoke and flames, when in doubt, get out”. Unfortunately, there has already been one death associated with the High Park Fire in Larimer County near Fort Collins. We don’t want that to happen here or anywhere else.
We are seeing dryer than normal conditions consisting of high temperatures, low relative humidities, very little moisture recovery at night, and very low fuel moisture levels. All that adds up to extremely high fire danger. Today (June 12, 2012) our fuel moistures are 8% in our 1000 hour fuels. What this means is if a fire gets started it is going to move rapidly and with a great deal of intensity. As of right now, this pattern appears to be sticking around for an undetermined period of time into the future.
The long range forecast shows above normal temperatures, lower relative humidities, and very little precipitation.
Please do not ignore any emergency evacuation warnings. Be prepared. Get your evacuation plan in order in case you get the call. Know what to pack up and where you plan on going. Hopefully you won’t need to use the plan, but having it in place should buy you some peace of mind. See the evacuation section of our website for more information and useful tools here.
You may have noticed the smoke from the High Park Fire has been drifting along the Front Range lately. This will most likely continue until firefighting resources get a handle on the fire. If you have respiratory issues, please stay inside and limit your activities outside.
BMF will provide updates with any further news or information.