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Colorado fires approaching $40 million in costs
As multiple fires continue to burn in Colorado, the costs add up. Here’s the story from the Denver Post.
State officials are scrambling to find emergency cash to pay for the destructive wildfires sweeping across Colorado — costs now approaching $40 million as fires continue to rage and spark anew.
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration has already authorized the transfer of more than $39 million for the costs of fighting the High Park, Springer and Stuart Hole fires. Officials say more money is expected to soon be transferred for the Waldo Canyon and Weber fires.
Meteorologists on the front lines:
One of the most important tools in fighting wildfires is the I-Met, or Incident Meteorologist deployed to the frie zone. I-Mets provide up to the minute info to coordinate fire suppression efforts. Here’s the NWS listing of current I-Mets on site.
INCIDENT METEOROLOGIST STATUS REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOISE IDAHO
250 PM MDT WED JUN 27 2012
IMET WFO INCIDENT NAME STATUS DISPATCH RELEASE
WACHTER EPZ LITTLE BEAR FIRE ON SITE 6/10 6/30 (EST)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM NEAR RUIDOSO, NM
CHAMBERLAIN BOU HIGH PARK FIRE ON SITE 6/24 6/30 (EST)
GRAND JUNCTION, CO NEAR FORT COLLINS, CO
REDMAN CYS RUSSELS CAMP FIRE ON SITE 6/24 6/30 (EST)
BOISE, ID NEAR GLENROCK, WY
TRIMARCO (T) CYS RUSSELS CAMP FIRE ON SITE 6/20 6/29 (EST)
PENDLETON, OR NEAR GLENROCK, WY
THOMPSON LOX HILL FIRE ON SITE 6/24 6/28 (EST)
OXNARD, CA NEAR FRAZIER PARK, CA
KRIEDERMAN BOU WALDO CANYON FIRE ON SITE 6/24 6/28 (EST)
BOULDER, CO NEAR COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
RUTHFORD BOU WALDO CANYON FIRE ON SITE 6/26
CHARLESTON, WV NEAR COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
WEISHAAR SLC WOOD HOLLOW FIRE ON SITE 6/25
PORTLAND, OR NEAR FOUNTAIN GREEN, UT
CLAPP GJT LITTLE SAND FIRE ON SITE 6/25
SACRAMENTO, CA NEAR PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO
MESSICK SLC CHURCH CAMP FIRE ON SITE 6/26 6/29 (EST)
POCATELLO, ID NEAR DUCHESNE, UT
STRUTHWOLF SLC CHURCH CAMP FIRE ENROUTE 6/27
SALT LAKE CITY, UT NEAR DUCHESNE, UT
NESTER BYZ DAHL FIRE ENROUTE 6/27
MISSOULA, MT NEAR ROUNDUP, MT
Here’s the link to the Pueblo, CO NWS fire support page.