We knew this fire was here. Firefighters responded to a house fire in East Granby early Wednesday morning. “To the extent of what the structure loss is, I have no idea. “It’s been a little bit of a train ride. There is a high heat advisory for today. This push over the divide was the ultimate factor in evacuating Estes Park that sits directly below. No injuries were reported. I couldn’t do anything else,” he continued, “We got like four bags of clothes out of the house, everything else is gone.”. Crews are still assessing damage, but the homes belonging to at least seven fire … The last mapping of that fire put it at 206,977 acres. The blaze had grown to … “Started throwing everything I could into my snowmobile trailer and left. Original: After moving at a rate of up to 4 miles an hour Thursday, the East Troublesome Fire had grown to 5,684 acres. Thursday morning, Rocky Mountain National Park closed the park down to visitors as the fire hopped over the continental divide near Mt. 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(CBS4) – The Williams Fork Fire near Granby … “So, we have that conversation with them and then we have to continue moving on down the road to save as many lives as possible during these short evacuation times,” he said. With help from her brother, Potter got her son in the car and some belongings. Fortunate for Estes Park, however, was the approach of a cold front on the east side of the Rockies, which increased the humidity and allowed the fire to “checkup” and “brought this fire back down to the surface,” on Thursday afternoon according to Incident Commander Noel Livingston. The basement is gone. GRANBY — The East Troublesome Fire in Grand County ran about 20 miles Wednesday night and Thursday morning as the blaze ballooned to 125,602 acres. The Lost Acres Fire Department (LAFD) was incorporated in 1936 for the purpose of providing fire suppression services to the Town of Granby. The crew had saved his home near the town of Granby, where the East Troublesome Fire — the second-largest fire in Colorado history — raged. The fire grew to 188,079 acres by the end of Friday. Reed, along with a friend, went back to help local fire crews that night, who Reed said were running out of fuel. “Got my daughter and my wife and my mom and her family and good friends with us,” he said. It was a long night. The wind-driven fire burning west of Lake Granby has quickly grown to more than 30,000 acres with 10% containment as of Wednesday evening, according to a fire … She didn’t hesitate to leave but the decision wasn’t easy. During the meeting, he announced the town of Granby was on a pre-evacuation order. Between late Wednesday and Thursday morning, the fire went from about 24,000 acres to about 125,000 acres. Containment on the East Troublesome Fire stands at 5%, and 57% on the Cameron Peak Fire. As the East Troublesome Fire raged near Granby, Colorado, Dan Stones could only imagine from a distance the fate of his family cabin. The Mullen Fire is burning on the Colorado-Wyoming border, west of Laramie. A wildfire burning in Grand County, Colorado, has exploded from 19,000 acres to more than 125,000 on Thursday, forcing thousands of families to evacuate. A … GRANBY, Colo. (CBS4) — The East Troublesome fire forced more evacuations Thursday and grew to more than 170,000 acres into the afternoon. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Members of the Metcalf family and their neighbors watch the smoke drift across the sky from the East Troublesome Wildfire in Granby on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. In the City of Granby, we are rich in the mining history of our town, and eager to shape a new modern history at the same time. “We took a trailer and my truck, and we took approximately a thousand gallons worth of gas and diesel to ’em to keep ‘em going.”. All rights reserved. Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby. He was up all night in a town loader going around pushing trees, downed power lines everything out of the way so the fire guys could get around and save one house to another,” said Reed. Copyright 2020 KKCO. Most of those containment lines are on the west side of the fire. This map is managed by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and is updated with information on fires 100 acres or larger. Extreme drought conditions paired with gusty winds have perpetuated the rapid growth, and crews expect another active fire day on Friday. “We’ve had a lot of activity today,” Incident Commander Jake Winfield during said during a video briefing on Wednesday night. GRANBY — Driven by strong winds and racing through dry fuels and timber, the East Troublesome fire in Grand County continued to rage Thursday, growing to … Granby Fire Department would like to express its deepest thank you to long time member Todd Carpenter. Officials will not be updating the acre and fire perimeter until Thursday when a morning flight is possible. GRANBY – A man escaped a fire in the dead of night thanks to man’s best friend. Penny Watson, 67, pauses for a moment in her yard as she and her son Stephen secure their trailer before evacuating due to the East Troublesome fire in Granby on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Crews are working to contain the fire to the west side of US Highway 34. 08/05/2020 Lost Acres Fire Department . Photos from the area show the scale of the wildfire and smoke filling the sky. A red flag warning is in effect through 6 p.m. today with 25 mph sustained winds and up to 45 mph gusts. “The growth that you see on this fire is unheard of. An estimated 250 structures have been damaged in the East Troublesome Fire, fire officials said Thursday. “I’ve lived in Grand County almost my whole life and it’s just… really hard,” she cried. The East Troublesome fire in Grand County exploded east on Wednesday toward Grand Lake, prompting hasty and dramatic evacuations over a broad area and creating a smoke plume so large it was visible on the Front Range. GRANBY — The East Troublesome Fire is burning eastward with multiple evacuations orders in place and other neighborhoods on pre-evacuation notice. “…and now it has cost I don’t know how many people’s houses.”. Snow is expected to hit the fire areas on Sunday, which should provide temporary relief to crews battling these two massive fires. The total number of structures lost wasn’t known Thursday, but the sheriff said there were many. He knew the fire was close but had no idea how fast it was moving. Reed barely had time to escape Wednesday. You plan for the worst, this is the worst of the worst of the worst,” Schroetlin said. The first station was on Lost Acres Road, hence the name of our department. Schroetlin, along with several local officials, addressed media and the community Thursday morning. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. The rapid growth has pushed the East Troublesome Fire to become the second-largest fire in state history, just behind the Cameron Peak Fire, which is burning less than 15 miles north of the East Troublesome. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, along with Silverthorne Police, were among the agencies working to evacuate homes, tying red ribbons on the doors of everyone they contacted. He went to check on his neighbors and, even without an evacuation notice, they decided to leave. Reed is now staying with friends in Winter Park and said the entire community has stepped up to help those impacted with whatever they need. We looked at every possible potential for this fire… There’s no doubt about it and no matter how quick you can actually pull the trigger to get people evacuated things happen,” said Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin. BREAKING: Mandatory evacuations happening right now in Granby due to #EastTroublesomeFire @CBSDenver pic.twitter.com/V4tehBGUiz, — Jamie Leary (@JamieALeary) October 22, 2020. This morning I heard 400 homes… is what the fire chief and the fire crew estimated.”. “If Columbine is saved, it’s because of him. The last mapping of that fire put it at 206,977 acres. Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin (credit: CBS). (credit: CBS) “The fire got ahead of us. GRANBY, Colo. (CBS4) — The East Troublesome fire forced more evacuations Thursday and grew to more than 170,000 acres into the afternoon. Matthew Reed is among those who lost his house in Grand Lake — he worked hard to build it, and Wednesday night, it burned to the ground. One hundred thousand acres… never expected. It is quickly becoming a ghost town as residents and business owners fear they might return to devastation. Todd retires from GFD today after serving a total of 38 years on the Department. East Troublesome Fire explodes to 170,163 acres, forces thousands of evacuations The fire was roughly 14,000 acres on Wednesday morning “The fire chief confirmed that he got there with the help of the public works director with one of the loaders… and it’s gone. Smoke mixed with blazes of fire drifts through the trees and skies from the East Troublesome fire near Granby on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. “My friend’s wife came running out of the house about 30 seconds after I got there and said it’s in trail creek, it’s on the hill right there, we have to go right now,” he said. Today [Wednesday] has been an extremely, extremely challenging day for our community. August 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm. A Type 1 team took over command of the fire at 6 a.m. this morning. For sure. He said the growth of the fire in less than 24 hours caught everyone off-guard. A personal message from Sheriff Brett Schroetlin. “. “The fire got ahead of us. Filed Under: Williams Fork Fire. Small town values, guided growth, preservation of historical, cultural, and natural heritage are just a few of the core principles that makes the City of Granby … Mandatory evacuations were issued Friday night as the East Troublesome Fire, located north of Parshall and Hot Sulphur Springs, continues to grow rapidly. Hart Van Denburg/CPR News The East Troublesome fire burns near Granby Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, as a state Trooper is stationed at a roadblock … Smoke plumes stretched 40,000 feet in the air. The sheriff’s office said that all current evacuations and pre-evacuations remain in place and will be reviewed around 6 p.m. today, while the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service have announced extensive public lands closures. The blaze was at around 19,000 acres Wednesday morning and expanded to over 30,000 acres by early evening, according to fire officials. Please check with those friends and neighbors without power to see if they need any assistance. In a matter of hours, sheriff’s deputies were going door to door, telling people to leave. Wuh. Adding to the pain he says, is the fact that the fire was human caused. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Sources: Human remains found at site of Nashville RV explosion, Cincinnati police investigate 'suspicious' RV with engine running. Reed evacuated to the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby, only to evacuate again. Right now, we’re really focusing on life safety.”. The Grand County Office of Emergency Management confirmed that the fire is threatening the Grand Lake area. Talking with CBS4 Thursday, he had a hard time keeping his composure. Fire crews and residents were staggered by the fire’s speed and ferocity. It wasn’t long after he received a notice to evacuate. Crews on Friday morning said that the fire had burned 170,163 acres, more than 146,000 acres more than where it stood Wednesday morning. The fire has burned 176,371 acres with 34% containment as of Thursday morning. Track His Christmas Trip With NORAD, Colorado State Patrol Arrests The Grinch On Christmas Eve In Las Animas, Firefighters Save Siberian Husky Puppies After Car Slams Into Lakewood Home. We lived in our house for 11 months, it took three years to build and it’s gone,” said Reed. Containment on the East Troublesome Fire stands at 5%, and 57% on the Cameron Peak Fire. Schroetlin said there were several homeowners, within the perimeter of the fire, who choose to stay despite their best efforts to convince them otherwise. “They were awesome, awesome people. He said the entire community was helping Wednesday through the fast-moving flames, including the Grand County Public Works Director, Keith Everhart, who Reed calls a hero. The LAFD will continue to offer water at North Granby and Center Stations. “All my friends. GRANBY, Colo. (KDVR) — Evacuations are underway in Granby and the surrounding area. Lost Acres Fire Department . One of his biggest concerns is for those who choose to stay behind, including his friends, an elderly couple who live not far from him. The guy was even a Denver fireman for a majority of his career.”. According to emergency officials, the fire began around 5 a.m. at 2 Lexington Dr. in East Granby. We all wish you well on your retirement. Mutual aid from Granby and Suffield was called for to assist East Granby firefighters. GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - After forcing evacuations to more than 6,500 homes on Wednesday night near Grand Lake, the East Troublesome Fire forced even more evacuations Thursday in Estes Park as the fires kept growing east. “We live right here at the edge of Granby so it’s time to go,” said Christy Potter. Red Cross volunteers are on-site and ready to assist you. Reed knows many who have lost their homes so far. As of 11:40 p.m. Friday, the fire size was 11,329 acres with 152 personnel working on the fire. RELATED: Evacuations Ordered For Communities Near Estes Park Due To East Troublesome Fire, By viewing our video content, you are accepting the terms of our. If any help is needed, please call Granby Dispatch at 860-844-5335. The Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted on Thursday that anyone being evacuated from one of the Colorado fires can go to the Isle of Capri Casino at 401 Main Street in Black Hawk. “That was great news.”. The fire, called East Troublesome after a nearby creek, has spread to more than 125,000 acres. Today, we continue to provide those services and a host of new ones, with a 100% volunteer staff of 44 men and women. The fire has damaged numerous structures and … The fire is burning in Grand and Larimer counties, and it is just 5% contained. Williams Fork Fire Near Granby Grows To 10,288 Acres. “They’re going around telling us we’re on mandatory evac so everybody’s packing up and getting out of here,” said Granby resident Autumn Fischer. The East Troublesome Fire burning in Grand County has forced evacuations. ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. We knew the impacts of it. While delivering fuel to firefighters Thursday, he learned their home had been destroyed. A map of all evacuated areas can be found here. The cause remains under investigation. Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article re! 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