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Colorado burns and fire outlook for Southwest US

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Colorado burning - the morning briefing
Colorado burning - the morning briefing

It appears that the current wild fire in Colorado may be the result of a controlled burn that was improperly extinguished or attended. Many have been forced from their homes, and many homes are in direct danger. Aircraft have been requested to enhance the ability of fire fighters to attack the blaze more effectively. Heavy helicopters and P2 aerial tankers have been staged to provide close support.

From Inquisitr: The fire, initially only about five acres when it was first reported, now covers more than 3,000 acres and has destroyed as many as 15 to 25 houses. No information was released about the person who died but the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said it occurred in the fire zone.

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Terratorch backfire system

From AZ Central: Fire officials normally check weather, terrain and other factors to create a burn plan and alert municipal authorities, D'Amico said. Officials found a woman's body outside a destroyed home Monday and a man's body inside the home Tuesday, said Daniel Hatlestad of the Jefferson County Incident Management Team. They were identified as Sam Lamar Lucas, 77, and Linda M. Lucas, 76. A cause of death was pending for both. A third person was missing in the fire zone, authorities said.

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US seasonal fire risk map

From USA Today: As crews dig lines around the fire's perimeter, a search team is using dogs to look for a woman missing in the fire zone. Her home was among 27 destroyed or damaged in the blaze. The Colorado State Forest Service conducted a 35-acre burn in the region Thursday — on land belonging to Denver's water authority — said forest service spokesman Ryan Lockwood. Crews finished the effort Friday and patrolled the perimeter daily to ensure it was out, Lockwood said. It was during Monday's patrol that a state forest service crew spotted the wildfire — also on Denver Water property — and alerted authorities, Lockwood said.

From Denver Post: Firefighters plan to be aggressive today and tomorrow, hoping to make great progress on dousing hot spots and expanding the containment line, in anticipation of hotter weather on Saturday, said Dan Hatlestad, a Jefferson County Incident Management Team spokesman.

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Mars air tanker, lands in lake scoops in water, takes off and drops on fire
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