Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lower North Fork Fire Fifteen Percent Contained

The Lower North Fork Fire, which started Monday, is now fifteen percent contained. Efforts by 500 fire fighters, three planes, and four helicopters have been successful in stopping it's growth at 4,140 acres.

Twenty-seven structures were damaged or burned down by the fire. An elderly couple died as well. It is unknown why they didn't leave before the flames reached them. The adult woman is still missing, and the search for her will continue today.

Firefighting efforts were greatly helped by the lack of wind over the past few days. Because of the winds dying out, in many areas the fire burned itself out. Winds today are expected to stay low as humidity increases. Visibility has increased to over ten miles, and the Air Quality Advisory has been lifted.

The Heavy Air Tankers that had been fighting the fire for the last two days, are leaving to fight fires in South Dakota. Four Colorado Air National Guard Blackhawks will continue to dump water on the Lower North Fork Fire.

Homeowners will be allowed reentry into the zone, with Jefferson County sheriff escort. The mandatory evacuation is expected to be lifted this weekend. Intermountain Rural Electric Association announced that 267 structures are without power. They are working as quickly as possible to rebuild several miles of power lines that were burned down.