Firefighters in Colorado are working 8 large wildfires

Map of Colorado wildfires, June 23, 2012

Map of Colorado wildfires, June 23, 2012

The map of Colorado shows eight large wildfires that are keeping firefighters in the state busy today. (Map: Google/MODIS/Wildfire Today)

10:15 p.m. MT, June 23, 2012

New fires reported today include:

  • State Line Fire, near Bondad
  • Waldo Canyon Fire, west of Colorado Springs. Estimated at 2,000 acres at 9 p.m. Saturday night. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered. Approximately 1,050 homes have been evacuated.
  • Treasure Fire, east of Leadville
  • Woodland Heights Fire, near Estes Park, 21 structures confirmed damaged.

There is not a great deal of information available about these new fires, but here are some resources to check:

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

8 thoughts on “Firefighters in Colorado are working 8 large wildfires”

  1. Thanks for the maps. I am amazed that this is the only map I can find that shows so many of the fires. The Fire Agencies and News rarely post maps.

    I am a botanist/plant ecologist and use GIS and Google earth all the time. It would be so easy to post all of this as a Google KMZ file.

    Can you do that as well Bill? Make each of your pins into a kmz file and list them so anyone can download them and see the real fire area with Google earth?

    If you need help with that, I can walk you through it.

    Pat

    1. Pat,

      I found this site because I was also looking for KML/KMZ files for the fires. My particular interest is the Waldo Canyon fire, but each of these maps would also be valuable.

      I’m certain it is actually pretty difficult to know and keep up with exactly where the fire activity is, but I know there would be an awful lot of people who would be interested in this information.

      This is a great site, Bill. Thanks.

  2. Our family reunion is planned for this weekend in Boulder. Many are traveling from far. Is there a danger of fire in that area? Thanks, and thank you for the site, Bill.

    1. There’s always danger of a wildfire starting, especially with the weather conditions we’ve been having. However, I live nearby, in Estes Park, about 35 miles from Boulder. Your family would not be in danger from any of the currently burning wildfires in Colorado if you are going to be in Boulder.

  3. If you grab the AFM (Active Fire Mapping) KML Bundle at this site: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/googleearth.php, you will get a ton of fire info in google earth. It includes all the satellite fire detections, plus every fire perimeter uploaded to GeoMAC from the incident GIS specialists. Satellite detections are updated every few hours, and incident perimeters nightly.

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