Longmont Politics Podcast

LP019: Lefty libelers, fireworks, forest fires, fracking, and a solar failure

On Episode 19 of Longmont Politics we talked about the June 10th Longmont Citiy Council meeting, the local lefty loons misidentifying and going after an innocent victim, a good piece by Muhammad Ali Hasan about the health of our forests – in light of our recent local forest fires, a piece by Michelle Malkin about what President Obama’s policies have done to the tanker fleet that fights forest fires, Abound Solar goes under costing taxpayers lots of money and workers their jobs, and a North Carolina lawmaker accidentally votes to allow fracking by pushing the wrong button.

Music played in this show was “Even” by Wiser Time – courtesy of Music Alley.

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In The Field Camping Podcast

ITF006: KOA Kampgrounds and forest fires

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 6

We discussed Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and the pluses and minuses of these locations, including the KOA’s we’ve visited: WyomingDevils Tower, Rock Springs/Green River, and Jackson Hole/Snake River.  ColoradoRoyal Gorge/Canon City, Cotopaxi/Arkansas River, Gunnison, and the now defunct Durango North/Ponderosa (now known as the Durango Riverside Resort) and New Castle/Glenwood Springs (now known as Elk Creek) KOA’s.  New MexicoLas Vegas.  ArizonaWilliams/Exit 167/Circle Pines.

Also discussed were forest fires, fire restrictions, and fire bans.  NOTE:  This episode was recorded prior to some new fire restrictions for Colorado, and an all out fire ban in Larimer County.  To be clear, no campfires are allowed in Larimer County until September 30th.

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High Park Fire

UPDATE 7/3/12 5:00pm – The High Park Fire is 100% contained, 87,284 acres were burned.  Most trailheads, campgrounds, and picnic areas have been reopened.  Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have updated their website to show the impact to campgrounds and recreational areas.  You can see it here.

Road Closure Information
Zoomable PDF of fire area
Inciweb page
Twitter feed
Larimer County Emergency Information
Larimer County Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed
Fires restrictions (PDF)

Below is the updated Google Map of the fire area.

View Forest Fires in a larger map

Below is a video taken shortly before the fire started in the area of Pingree Park where the fire still is being fought.  This is Jacks Gulch Campground, one of the many campgrounds in the area that remain closed but may reopen by Friday July 13th.  Much of the area east of this campground has been scorched, and I’ve heard this campground was used as a fire base.



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Little Sand Fire

UPDATE 6/22/12: The fire has grown to 17,280 acres with 30% containment, growth potential is HIGH.  Cause of fire is lightning.  Evacuations remain in effect for residents of the Weminuche Valley.

A fire in southwest Colorado called the Little Sand Fire is burning about 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, CO.  It is also not far from where the massive Missionary Ridge Fire burned near Vallecito Reservoir exactly ten years ago.

This fire’s been burning for nearly a month and has expanded to almost 7,000 acres.  While it’s 30% contained, there are Red Flag warnings out for the area and a county Emergency


Management director said to “expect smoke in the Upper Piedra area until the Little Sand Fire decides, on its own, to stop burning.  Given the funding difficulties involved — and the $2 million already expended to date — human firefighting efforts will not be able to stop the fire, which as of yesterday had expanded to about 6,400 acres.  Three crews — about 82 people — are currently assigned to the fire, but the only effective way to end the Little Sand Fire, it appears, may be prayers of supplication.” (Source: Pagosa Dail Post – emphasis added)

There are some campgrounds on the perimeter of the fire area, a couple of which are rated in the Colorado Campgrounds: The 100 Best and All the Rest book.  They are Teal and Cimarrona, which just opened for the season on June 5th, and Bridge which remains closed.

Map of the fire area (PDF)
Little Sand Fire Closures (forest service page) has lists of closed campgrounds, roads, and trails.
Inciweb page
Twitter Feed

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Stuart Hole Fire

UPDATE: 4pm Tuesday – Evacuations lifted, night shift working the fire line all night.  Fire kept at 227 acres despite gusty winds.  Containment reported at 45%.

There is a new fire burning in Northeast Colorado, not far from the Hewlett Gulch Fire (which is actually still burning, although controlled).  It’s called the Stuart Hole Fire and is in Larimer County.  Updated info can be found at Larimer County Emergency Information‘s website here.  Currently the fire is about 200 acres and there have been some evacuations.

Twitter feed for #StuartHoleFire

Below is a map of the area.

View Forest Fires in a larger map

While recording some new episodes of In The Field Camping, we toured the area of the Hewlett Gulch Fire, which was mostly the south side near Hwy 14.  We also coincidentally drove to Halligan Reservoir and drove within less than 2 miles of where this new fire started 5 days later.  This is not a heavily forested area, especially to the east and northeast – but there are some small subdivisions in the area.  This is about 8 miles northeast of the Red Feather Lakes area, but about 1500′ lower in elevation (between 6,500′ and 7,000′).


Updates as they are made available.