Emergency Preparedness Article 7: Wildfires, Part 2

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Wildfires, Part 2

There are currently four major wildfires burning in Colorado. Dry conditions and uncooperative weather have presented further challenges for those working hard to contain these fires (“Colorado Wildfire Updates: Evacuations, Closures, Fire Growth And More”). In this blog posting, you will find information about the current wildfires as well as beneficial resources to stay safe.

Cameron Peak Fire (Current as of August 17 @ 9:37am)

  • Size Information: 13,305 Acres
  • InciWeb has basic information, outlook (such as planned actions and projected incident activity), and current weather concerns specific to this wildfire.

Grizzly Creek Fire (Current as of August 17 @ 8:51am)

  • Size: 25,007 Acres · For updates regarding evacuations and closures, please visit Garfield County Emergency Operations Center
  • InciWeb has basic information, outlook (such as planned actions and projected incident activity), and current weather concerns specific to this wildfire.

Pine Gulch Fire (Current as of August 17 @ 8:22am)

  • Size Information: 85,407 Acres
  • InciWeb has basic information, outlook (such as planned actions and projected incident activity), and current weather concerns specific to this wildfire.

Williams Fork Fire (Current as of August 17 @ 9:50am)

  • Size Information: 6,345
  • InciWeb has basic information, outlook (such as planned actions and projected incident activity), and current weather concerns specific to this wildfire.

Across the state of Colorado, individuals may be noticing more smoke in the air. The Center of Disease Control highlights a few of the health effects associated with wildfire smoke including coughing, trouble breathing normally, stinging eyes, and even chest pain. Groups, such as older adults, children, and people with health concerns may be at greater risk due to the smoke. The CDC notes individuals should limit exposure to smoke and there are additional steps to consider in order to protect one’s health. Notably, individuals should pay attention to local air quality reports, pay attention to visibility guides if available, and use an air filter. For the comprehensive list, follow the link above to the CDC’s page dedicated to wildfire smoke.

Along with staying up-to-date on the current status of wildfires and keeping safe in regard to wildfire smoke, individuals should take steps to adequately prepare in order to keep themselves safe during this rapidly changing time. Ready.gov highlights the need to create an emergency kit, especially in instances of evacuation. A few items to put in an emergency kit include water, food, flashlight, and a first aid kit. The full list can be found on the website mentioned above.

Additionally, individuals should know more than one exit route in case one is closed. The Colorado Department of Transportation website has information regarding current road closures and detours related to the wildfires. Keeping communication current is an essential step via radio, television, and online platforms. Moreover, when evacuating, make sure you communicate with someone when you are leaving and where you plan to go. Finally, do not enter one’s home until officials have said it is safe to do so. Although this is not a compressive list, we hope to have highlighted a few key steps in regard to wildfires in Colorado and keeping yourself and those around you safe!

Additional Resources and Information can be found on these pages as well:

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