ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Lower North Fork fire map expanded dramatically this week as the Colorado wildfire spread. The Lower North Fork Fire map was updated by officials last night as the fire has now taken the lives of two individuals, destroyed twenty-eight homes, and burned four-thousand five hundred acres. In a news briefing, fire officials confirm that the blaze is still at zero percent containment.
Earlier this morning, Jefferson County Sheriff officials held a media update at Conifer High School Parking Lot. But the news is still not good. While officials tell news that the “conditions on the fireline overnight were relatively stable”, there is still no progress on containment.
At 8 pm local time last night, the news seemed promising. Officials told local news that, during Tuesday’s fight, the Lower North Fork Fire did not advance. The fire zone, however had reached four thousand five hundred acres. Additional structures began to be destroyed.
Officials dispatched new resources yesterday. Two helicopters and a Heavy P2V Aircraft and Single Engine Air Tanker joined the effort. Meantime, temperatures grew to seventy degrees and wind gusts picked up to 20 mph. Officials had to move the Incident Command Post to Conifer High School.
Earlier in the day, officials told news that “We have approximately 200 Firefighters currently on the fire. At this time we are still at 0% containment.” They added “Throughout the day firefighters have been taking advantage of ‘targets of opportunity’ to control the fire near homes.” Twenty-eight homes were destroyed by Tuesday.
Six thousand five hundred homes are currently evacuated. New evacuations for March 28, 2012 are in City View, Hilldale Pines, Deer Creek Mesa, White Deer Valley, Homewood Park, Murphy Gulch, S. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Jennings Rd., and Watson Gulch. All previous evacuations remain in place.
The death toll rose to two individuals yesterday. While one woman is missing, Sam Lamar Lucas, 77, and his wife Linda M. Lucas, 76, were found dead. For more, click HERE.
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