June 19th, 2012
03:11 AM ET

More wind and heat could hamper Colorado wildfire fight

Forecasters are expecting warmer than normal temperatures and gusty winds Tuesday in a northern Colorado area already ravaged by a wildfire, not a good combination for the legion of firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze.

The High Park Fire had consumed more than 58,700 acres of woodland by Monday evening, but it was about 50% contained, authorities reported.

Tuesday's forecast by the National Weather Service is similar to Monday, a day that brought blazing heat and winds that whipped up the blaze.

But firefighters say they can handle the weather conditions because winds are expected to be less than Sunday, a day that firefighters described as "tough."

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  1. francois2012

    OK

    June 19, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phil in CO.

    Hat's off to the some 2,000 firefighters finally winning this battle. As we sit here in our homes this morning, these wonderful people are in the face of fire.
    50% contained! Please, let it rain for goodness sake.
    Some 200 homes have been lost in this battle, the most ever in our State. I myself was in the middle of the two fires that swept-down on San Diego a few years back. Over 500,000 people were evacuated from their homes...and I suppose trees burning down are better than homes burning down. But this Colorado fire has burned-down sooooo many trees. Have you ever been in the wilderness before and after a fire? It moves one to tears thinking of all the little critters that perished forever...it seems as if you are in another world.
    Again, thank you true heroes for saving us. May God himself bless these men and women for their selfless efforts, placing their very lives on the line to save our forrests and our homes, even us.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    ...not to mention, the word "crucified" is found NOWHERE in our bibles. People like YOU made it up!

    June 19, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Phil in CO

    And just so you folks know, we have TWO forrest fires burning. The one in northern CO is now 50% contained. The one in central CO is zero % contained, and has so-far burned down over 1,000 acres.
    Citizens living in the area of Lake George are being evacuated to the town of Divde, with their livestock going to Cripple Creek for shelter. Some of our most pristine camping and fishing sites are in peril of being destroyed.
    (and @Rabble...your New Tesatament was originally written in the koine' Greek language. The word bible writers chose to describe the instrument Romans used to execute Jesus is 'stauros', not 'crux'. Research this for yourself rather than listening to that preacher rich from fleeced flocks, annnnnnnnd get a clue. 🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Swag Master

    "Bill Maher was arrested in a Fort Collins bar early Monday morning and charged with impersonating a firefighter and theft." – It's about time that schmuck got what was coming to him.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sail Frog 69

    I'm pretty sure all those people are loaded, so they can afford these wildfires. Just think of it as a surprise vacation.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil in CO

    *all you regs homes, rather. Or tenaments, whatever.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HIDE BEHIND

    My family home was destroyed by fire and know of the heartbreak it causes familys, so I can feel empathy to those who lost homes but not much for those who just lost houses. and goods.
    Lots of mushy weep weep on the news, almost as much on trauma to animals as to humans. My family did not havr time to cry. we just got busy and started anew

    June 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |