Friday, September 10, 2010

Colorado restoring aspen habitat the hard way

From Inciweb:

UPDATE 9/13/2010

Reservoir Road Fire
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UPDATE 9/11/2010:

Any surface fire activity will be moderate in the grass fuel models. Potential exists for moderate terrain driven surface fire through under story fuels and grasses. Where fuels, topography and dirunal flow align, the potential for sustained surface runs exists. Single and group tree torching with spotting is possible under forecasted conditions.

A Red Flag warning has been issued for the fire area. The warning is due to anticipated lower humidity and high winds and is expected to impact the fire area around 3:00 pm. Winds are expected to increase to 25-30 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
In light of the forecasted weather, residents in Boulder Heights, Carriage Hills, Pine Brook Hills subdivisions and surrounding areas who were allowed back into their homes this morning will be required to leave their homes by 2:00 pm in advance of the wind event.

20 subdivisions west of Boulder have been evacuated and 3 major County Roads closed. Residents in Boulder Heights, Carriage Hills, and Pine Brook Hills subdivisions will be allowed in to their homes today from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to take care of needs they may have.


This is how not being proactive will restore historic clonal aspen forests to the urban/wildland interface.

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