Fire burning in Estes Park

Full story: Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Crowning fire in trees and exploding propane tanks warn away casual visitors to a fire at 1601 High Dr.
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juan

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Jun 23, 2012
 
how did this fire even start?
mootobaby

Boulder, CO

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Jun 23, 2012
 
Thanks for the Trail-Gazette being available to provide a local report. And yes, it would be nice to know how it started. But first, it would be nice to know that it's been put it out!
greader

Greeley, CO

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Jun 23, 2012
 
a map of the fire area would be useful, if you have the time.
Amy

Denver, CO

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#4
Jun 23, 2012
 
Search "estes park fire" on google. There are videos, maps of the fire area, description of how it started, etc. in the top few stories that come up posted by the Denver Post, Channel 7 and 9 news, etc.
greader

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Jun 23, 2012
 
Thanks much. It sounds like things are under control now, which is not going to help the people who have experienced tragedy but must be a relief for everyone else in town. Best wishes to all residents, and I hope you're safe.
MYRNA GOFF

Estes Park, CO

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Jun 23, 2012
 
greader wrote:
a map of the fire area would be useful, if you have the time.
This is a link to photos that I put on my FB page... The first photo is the map where the fire started... But the red dot is in the wrong place. I believe they said it started at 1400 High Drive... BUT THE number could be wrong... https://www.facebook.com/media/set/...
Anonymous

Estes Park, CO

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Jun 23, 2012
 

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Hats off to our firefighters! As usual they are doing a tough job. And in the case of the EPVFD, doing it as volunteers.

I wonder if this incident will cause some of us who live in some of these older or outlying neighborhoods to examine more closely how the fire department would get to us? What about the availability of hydrants? If this fire was caused because some of these cabins aren't up to code, will the term "grandfathered in" be put "out to pasture" once and for all? If you're cabin is not up to current levels of safety and poses a threat to someone else and their property, will you make the improvements?

Drive around some of these neighborhoods and look at the condition of some houses and cabins. It was not that many years ago that some places still had wires and ceramic insulators running along the interior walls. I have seen satellite dish installations/ cable hookups grounded to the metal GAS PIPE on some houses. Real safe.

Meanwhile in the "fog of war" that is a very scary fire season,has the Town of Estes Park's Public Information Officer been busy making sure that local media outlets are providing accurate information? Nothing on the Town website that I can see.

Business as usual as the reporters for TV and radio stations in the area are spouting mis-information.

Did you know that we have a body of water called Stanley Lake? At least that is what one news site says. To hear the people on 600 KCOL on Saturday night you would think that the whole town was about to go up in flames. I guess this is to be expected from a Fox News Radio affiliate. I am quite shocked that they did not find a way to pin this on the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Channel 4 was not that much better during their 5 PM newscast. In the hurry to be on the air with todays "if it bleeds it leads" story, they made more than a few dumb errors as they had one reporter in Estes, one at the High Park Fire and their weather expert to tell us how hot it was today.

Sorry to sound so nit picky. But maybe they should go back and look at tape of Walter Cronkite of CBS or Chet Huntley and David Brinkley at NBC on November 22, 1963. They at least made an effort to get on the air with the facts as they started to be confirmed.

And people wonder why some of the population is so ill informed in the so called "information age". Junk news reporting is like junk food. You are eating something. It's just that there is no nutritional value to it. Standing there and looking pretty for the cameras while you misinform us is almost as bad as being completely in the dark. There is no shame in a reporter telling the anchor stud/babe that they don't have the answer to their inane questions.
Storm

Commerce City, CO

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Jun 24, 2012
 

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Let's reconsider the fireworks show. Let's use common sense over business greed to protect the valley.
Kristen

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Jun 24, 2012
 

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My family rented a cabin in that vicinity every summer when I was growing up. Seeing the pictures on the news makes me sad and my heart goes out to those who have been affected by this.

Thanks go out to the firefighters who responded quickly and prevented a larger tragedy.

Since: Jan 11

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#10
Jun 24, 2012
 
Storm wrote:
Let's reconsider the fireworks show. Let's use common sense over business greed to protect the valley.
Agreed!! Our meadow/lawn totally toasted over the past two weeks. The good news: it didn't get the chance to grow too high before it dried out. Bad news: one firecracker/bottle rocket would set it off in an instant.

I'm usually a live and let live kind of person, but if I do hear fireworks in our neighborhood the next few weeks, I will be out doing a 'neighborhood patrol' kind of thing and finding the locations of the idiots setting them off, taking a couple of photos, and calling the coppers.

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".....I will be out doing a 'neighborhood patrol' kind of thing and finding the locations of the idiots setting them off, taking a couple of photos, and calling the coppers....."

And I encourage my fellow Estes Park residents to do the same!
R Carson

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#12
Jun 24, 2012
 
I read elsewhere posted by a relative of the 911 caller that it was someone burning trash. Total hearsay, but...

I left a vacation rental just up the hill on Heinz Pkway about an hour and half earlier. Anyone doing anything with fire in that area is an idiot (including smoking!) It was dry and hot hot hot.

God and insurance be with you all!

I second the map/list request. I'd like to know if the house I stayed in survived.
Katharina

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Our firefighters did a top notch job on this fire, and it's wonderful to see our community come together in a time of crisis, however I am curious to know what the real cause of this fire was, and I am doubtful that we will ever find out. We are a tourist town, and we depend on our visitors to stimulate our economy, but it frustrates me that the police and the media turn a blind eye, or covers up the sometimes illegal and immoral things some visitors do. I see littering, terrible driving, I know many people who were hit and run victims, and I rarely read or hear about it. This burning trash rumor is terrible, and perhaps, if it is in fact true, and if it does get reported: perhaps it could prevent it in the future, and promote a bit of respect for the town they love enough to create family memories in, but not enough to keep it clean, be polite to others and enjoy their vacations responsibly. My heart and help go out to those effected by the fire (I do know some people that have lost everything-without being insured). This is simply terrible, but I know our community will help one another as they have done in the past and will continue to do in the future. Estes Park is truly a special town in that respect.
Cancel the dam fireworks

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Jun 25, 2012
 
Estes Park show that you are not a crass commercial bunch of hypacrites and cancel the dam fireworks show already our firefiters did a unbelievable job and some have been working 48 hours or more without sleep why would you force them to be on hightened alert just for some firestarting spectacle
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Jun 25, 2012
 
hide your husbands, hide your kids, cause they burning up in epco
Greg

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Jun 25, 2012
 

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Please EP government cancel the fireworks NOW...we
are all justly nervous and highly concerned...inform local
and regional newspapers and tv/radio stations of the
cancellation NOW...so no one will be up here, upset
and start their fire crackers or snakes/sparklers!
DO NOT LET GREED AND SO CALLED BUSINESS AS USUAL
SLOW DECISION-MAKING FOR THE SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY
Safety and human life before tradition,$, or any
other rationalizations.
Gail

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So sad to see this happening. I grew up in Texas but my heart has always been in Estes Park for many years. Estes Park has always been to me to be the closest thing to Heaven on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole state of Colorado.

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