Saturday, August 22, 2020

Lewstone Fire Prompts Rist Canyon Evacuations

 Well, we have a much more "local" fire burning in Rist Canyon along Rist Canyon Road. This is the area the in-laws live in, and they've been getting their critical items out of there.

From the Coloradoan newspaper:

A new fire called the Lewstone Fire started north of Fort Collins on Saturday afternoon, already forcing some mandatory evacuations.

The fire started at approximately 3:30 p.m. and is just north of Rist Canyon Road (County Road 52) and Pine Acres Way.

Fire officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents north of Rist Canyon Road, west of Whale Rock Road and east of the Davis Ranch Road due to "immediate and imminent danger," per the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

Voluntary evacuations are advised for residents living south of Rist Canyon Road from Whale Rock Road and all areas to the west up to Davis Ranch Road.

"You are encouraged to move livestock and pets out of the area and to prepare for mandatory evacuations. For updates, text the word LEWSTONE to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger," per Larimer County Sheriff. 

The fire is approximately 30-40 acres as of 5:50 p.m., according to the Larimer County Sheriff. There are two air tankers, two heavy helicopters and 80 personnel on scene or en route.

 One of the videos I watched showed a Lockheed Electra being used as an aerial tanker, but I couldn't make out any markings on it.

And here's the map:

This is painfully close to, and overlaps some of, the area that burned in 2012, referred to as the High Park Fire. 


And there's NO RAIN forecast for this area until Tuesday, and then it's only a 20% chance. 

The clan's matriarch is in Cheyenne watching one of the little ones as daughter #2 just went in to the hospital for baby #2........


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    1. Yeah, getting to be too close for comfort!

  2. Hope the in-laws and others get out OK.

    We have the "Constellation Fire" going east of here about 12 miles away. It is not expected to get down this way, but things happen.

    California is worse. The satellite shows smoke from the Grapevine all the way up to Dunsmuir (the whole central valley in other words).

    We're praying for the firefighters and affected residents everywhere.

    1. AFAIK, they finished getting the critical things and the livestock to sheltered place. They lost a lot of stuff last time; three "spec houses" they'd built, the main shop and all the equipment, several vehicles and outbuildings, but the original main house survived with very minor scorching.

      Fingers crossed they get it knocked down. Once it gets deep in the canyons, it's not pretty.

  3. May the Lord keep you safe, and keep the fires far from you.

    1. Thank you, Rev. Paul.

      The closest one is getting bigger, up to about 140 acres now, but is still up in the canyon.

  4. Praying for you all. Wish I could send you some of our rain. God bless.

    1. Thanks, Linda.

      We'd gratefully accept the rain!


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