There was a sense of awful wonder, amid all the emergency phone calls and late-night planning sessions, at the sheer size of the disaster. The blaze grew to about … As the East Troublesome Fire raged near Granby, Colorado, Dan Stones could only imagine from a distance the fate of his family cabin. Early on, as the fire raged, Northern staffers knew power to the Farr Pump Plant would be cut off in order to keep firefighters safe from exploding transformers, falling power poles and downed electric lines. The prospect of such an event is unfathomable, Friar said. For years, Colorado and other Western States have planned for and dealt with wildfires and their aftermath: the scorched soils and trees that clog their delivery systems, fill their reservoirs with eroded soils, and cloud their once-pristine water supplies. GRANBY, Colo. (KDVR) — Evacuations are underway in Granby and the surrounding area. Officials say the fire destroyed ranches, homes, businesses and cabins. Our address is: 7 Memorial Drive - East Granby, CT . We cover approximately 29 square miles with a population of about 4100 people. Water infrastructure in the West is often built in high-altitude mountain ranges in order to collect the winter snows that fall and melt into streams. The East Troublesome fire burns just a few miles from Granby in the early hours of Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2020. Roughly 30 percent to 80 percent of Northern’s four major watersheds have burned, they estimate. (Eli Pace, Sky-Hi News) First coronavirus, then an inferno: How schools in the East Troublesome fire’s path are scrambling to keep their students learning Districts are pondering distance learning after many students and teachers were forced to evacuate because of the East Troublesome fire. Northern’s Greg Dewey will oversee the fire restoration work. At a Glance. October 2020. Credit: Northern Water, The East Troublesome Fire burns near the Farr Pump Plant on Lake Granby October of 2020. Credit: Northern Water, Land scarred in Rocky Mountain National Park from the East Troublesome Fire, October 2020. Credit: Northern Water, Lands in Northern Water’s collection system scarred by East Troublesome Fire. “We had to make sure we could get in, get what we needed done, and get out of there,” Friar said. The East Troublesome fire … “When things blew up on Tuesday, we said, ‘Scrap that.’ Wednesday we had a call and began moving everyone over to Berthoud.”. The East Troublesome Fire burns near the Farr Pump Plant on Lake Granby October 2020. Credit: Northern Water. We don’t even go there.”. Follow them on Twitter at @WANationalGuard, or facebook at @washingtongauard. “For years we’ve planned for treatments [for the overgrown forests already decimated by pine beetles]. They spent $28 million cleaning up and restoring reservoirs in the first 10 post-fire years and continue to spend millions annually planting trees and doing erosion control, according to Christina Burri, a watershed scientist with Denver Water. The Fire and Smoke Map shows fine particulate (2.5 micron, PM 2.5) pollution data obtained from air quality monitors and sensors.Information is shown on both the EPA’s Air Quality Index scale, using the NowCast AQI algorithm, and also as hourly PM 2.5 concentration values. Jim Urquhart/Reuters Smoke fills the sky as the East Troublesome Fire burns outside Granby, Colorado, U.S. October 22, 2020. People are seeing plumes created by wind uplifting ash and dust in the fire area north of Granby. Roads in and out of the area remained closed and it took close coordination with the Grand County Fire Department and sheriff for Northern staffers to get past the fire barricades. Robert “Grizz” Maguire, 60, leans up against his truck as he watches smoke pass by from the East Troublesome fire in Granby on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. East Troublesome Fire on Oct. 16. (credit: CBS) “The fire got ahead of us. December has delivered more elegant white snows to Grand and Larimer counties since October, when the first winter storm calmed the fires. Driven by strong winds and racing through dry fuels and timber, the East Troublesome fire in Grand County continued to rage Thursday, growing to 170,000 acres as it crossed the Continental Divide and forced new evacuations around Estes Park. NEWS FROM THE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE: The East Granby Fire Marshal's Office would like to advise all residents with this Holiday Weekend to please enjoy and be careful. Smoke fills the sky as the East Troublesome Fire burns outside Granby, Colorado, U.S. October 22, 2020. If they couldn’t get the Adams Tunnel shut down before the power went off, it would continue to deliver water, dramatically lowering Grand Lake in violation of federal law, something that would trigger an environmental, legal and political firestorm. Three of the five largest fires in Colorado history are from 2020. GRANBY, Colo. (CBS4) — The East Troublesome fire forced more evacuations Thursday and grew to more than 170,000 acres into the afternoon. When East Troublesome exploded eight weeks later, the water utility found itself suddenly squeezed between what have now become Colorado’s two largest wildfires in recorded history, with Cameron Peak consuming 209,000 acres and East Troublesome 194,000, before both were declared contained in November. “I don’t think anyone up here ever felt alone,” Friar said. Our Christmas festival is scheduled for December 12th. Fresh Water News is an independent, nonpartisan news initiative of Water Education Colorado. PHOTOS: East Troublesome fire grows as residents evacuate near Granby, Regional books: “Hidden Life Around Us,” “A Prairie Season” and more, PHOTOS: Denver Broncos host Buffalo Bills in NFL Week 15 game at Empower Field at Mile High, 2020 Year in Photos, Part I: Before COVID-19, 2020 Year in Photos, Part IV: Uncertain times. Sign up for Fresh Water News to get up-to-the-minute stories delivered to your inbox. GRANBY, Colo. (CBS4) — The East Troublesome fire forced more evacuations Thursday and grew to more than 170,000 acres into the afternoon. “It was a challenging day,” the sheriff said as he talked about how quickly the East Troublesome Fire spread overnight and praised emergency crews and the community for their efforts. Credit: U.S. Forest Service. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! But they had never seen one run. She can be reached at 720-398-6474, via email at jerd@wateredco.org or @jerd_smith. and last updated 2020-10-17 23:05:16-04. Structure loss has been confirmed in spots. The fire has led to evacuations, pre-evacuations in Grand Lake, Granby and Estes Park. ... Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby… East Troublesome Fire burns in Grand County, October 2020. Credit: Northern Water, Smoke billows over Northern Water facilities in Grand County. The Colorado Big Thompson Project, which Northern Water operates for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, lies between the Cameron Peak fire, shown at the top of the map, and the East Troublesome Fire, shown at the bottom left. A fire near Enumclaw and Highway 410 started Tuesday as well. Emergency crews responded to a structure fire in a single-family residence on Harmony Hill Road around 12:45 p.m. The town is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and is a recreation paradise. Without power to run its dewatering system, the plant would flood. Update 1:30 a.m.: Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said he didn’t know what the county would wake up to this morning while shooting a 1 a.m. video from the entrance to Grand Lake. CO 125 closed near Granby due to East Troublesome Fire October 17, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado - Evacuations in place for nearby residents GRAND COUNTY — Colorado Highway 125 is closed near Granby due to the East Troublesome Fire. A tree charred in the East Troublesome Fire in Grand County in October 2020. Credit: Northern Water. Posted: Oct 22, 2020 / 04:49 PM MDT / Updated: Oct 22, 2020 / 06:30 PM MDT GRANBY, Colo. (KDVR) — Evacuations are underway in Granby and the surrounding area. 414 likes. Granby, MA News in 2020-06. They moved quickly to get to the controls that operate the tunnel, successfully closing it down. If there was any comfort during the tense, fast-changing days that the fires ruled Larimer and Grand counties, it was seeing local residents pulling out clothes and food for those in need, offering up spare rooms, spare trucks and trailers, and extra flash lights, snow plows and generators. Friar and others know they have four short months, the time until winter snows melt, to engineer and put into action a high-stakes rescue plan for the devastated watersheds and reservoirs. In Brief: Can water conservation save the Great Salt Lake? 9/22/2020. (CBS4) – Crews battling the East Troublesome Fire in Grand County gotten containment on the wildfire for the first time since it started burning last week. Containment on the East Troublesome Fire stands at 5%, and 57% on the Cameron Peak Fire. The closure is located from Granby, and continues north to mile post 27. The East Troublesome Fire burns in Grand County in October 2020. Credit: Northern Water. But there would be an even bigger problem once the electricity was cut. The East Troublesome Fire near Granby on Oct. 21, 2020. “I don’t know what would happen. The crew had saved his home near the town of Granby, where the East Troublesome Fire — the second-largest fire in Colorado history — raged. These fires devastated California over the summer and the same phenomenon struck Colorado in the fall. Hart Van Denburg/CPR News The East Troublesome fire burns just a few miles from Granby in the early hours of Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2020. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window). The East Troublesome Fire burns near the Farr Pump Plant on Lake Granby October 2020. Credit: Northern Water The pumping plant lies almost entirely below the surface of Lake Granby. Anyone forced to evacuate was asked to register using East Troublesome Fire Evacuee(s) Registration Form to … The … GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. The East Troublesome fire burns just a few miles from Granby in the early hours of Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2020. Smoke builds up in the sky from the East Troublesome Wildfire in Granby, CO on Thursday, OCt. 22, 2020. The East Troublesome Fire, burning in Grand County and extending now into Rocky Mountain National Park, forced hundreds to quickly evacuate from Grand Lake and Granby … Click on the flower for form. Czerwiski retired last year as Pittsfield chief and will begin his duties leading the Granby department on Nov. 10. For days afterward, they would rotate the chore of going into the silent pumping plant, filling its generators with diesel fuel and checking to make sure the dewatering system was still working. This may occur again tomorrow with high winds.#EastTroublesome Grand County Sheriff's Office - Colorado Grand County Emergency Management CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. As dark, fire-stained clouds billowed over the towns of Granby and Grand Lake that day, Northern’s West Slope team grabbed operation logs from the Farr pumping plant on the banks of Lake Granby. Hundreds of homes and structures in Grand County were threatened or destroyed, and the lakes and reservoirs there that comprise Northern’s water collection system faced the same fate. Updated: 1:32 PM EST December 9, 2020 SOUTHWICK, Massachusetts ... is back open from the Granby line to the Nicholson Hill Intersection following a large structure fire. They tracked down housing for co-workers who feared their homes had burned. The cause of a fire being investigated by DNR may be available quickly, or may take several months, depending on complexity. Now it’s reduced to twisted metal and ash after the East Troublesome Fire … It was unchartered territory. Updated: 12:29 PM EDT September 23, 2020 EAST GRANBY, Conn. — Fire crews in East Granby had some help in fighting a brush fire overnight in Cowles Park. The white slopes, covered with charred forests that are now stark and black, are a welcome respite from the gray smoke and flames that enveloped the area just a few weeks ago. Updated: 11:08 PM MDT October 23, 2020 … Kuhnly thanked Chief Horr of the Lost Acres Fire Department and Chief Coupe from the Granby Ambulance Association for all they do. Structure loss has been confirmed in spots. 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. Our editorial policy and donor list can be viewed at wateredco.org. They had dozens of calls with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns Northern’s system, as well as emergency managers with the U.S. and Colorado State forest services and the Grand County fire and sheriff departments, and county emergency response teams. And the ultimate treatment is a wildfire, but I don’t think anyone could have gauged the extent of this,” he said. They tracked down the half dozen or so mechanics, electricians and operators who would need to make quick exits, and figured out how to ferry everyone to safety over the Continental Divide. A fire in Rocky Mountain National Park has forced several mountain communities to evacuate. That Northern Water found itself stranded between the two fires in hurricane-force winds was something no one had ever envisioned. Craig Friar and Steve Anderson had seen wildfires smolder and flare before. 11/14/2020 . by Jerd Smith | Dec 21, 2020 | Agriculture, Climate and Drought, Colorado River, Drinking Water, Environment, Infrastructure, Water Quality, Water Supply |, The East Troublesome Fire in Grand County burned down to the shore of Willow Creek Reservoir, one of the lakes in Northern Water's collection system in Grand County. 05/23/2020 . Smoke plumes stretched 40,000 feet in the air. He said it was a "rollercoaster of a … It is quickly becoming a ghost town as residents and business owners fear they might return to devastation. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Estes Park. East Troublesome Fire explodes to 170,163 acres, forces thousands of evacuations The fire was roughly 14,000 acres on Wednesday morning Photo from Estes Park, Oct. 22 … ... GRANBY — Fire Chief John Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay for the month of June due to accusations of speeding and recklessness while driving town cars, will continue his suspension into July after coming under fire for questionable Facebook comments. As they walked warily up the front steps the first thing they heard was the fire alarm, issuing one piercing screech after another, providing a crazy, haunting reminder of those days in October, when two megafires ruled the skies, the forests and their lives. On A Motion by Neumann, seconded by King, the board voted (5-0-0) to approve the amendment to the ordinance Exemption for Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Personnel [Adopted 10-1-2020]. The … Partner information sources. Smoke fills the air as the East Troublesome fire burns near Granby on Thursday, OCt. 22, 2020. (credit: Inciweb) The cause is under investigation. The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome megafires have blazed permanent images in the minds of people across Grand and Larimer counties. The entire park was closed to the public. The agency serves more than 1 million people on the Front Range. Vendor applications are available under our community tab and Christmas festival tabs. The pumping plant lies almost entirely below the surface of Lake Granby. Northern Water is the largest exporter of water from Colorado’s West Slope to the Front Range, serving farms and dozens of cities from Broomfield and Lafayette to Boulder, Loveland and Greeley. WEco is funded by multiple donors. ABOUT GRANBY Granby is located in Grand County in Middle Park and is at an elevation of approximately 8,000 feet. The fire has led to evacuations, pre-evacuations in Grand Lake, Granby and Estes Park. October 23, 2020. Northern Water General Manager Brad Wind and Director of Administration Karen Rademacher offered their homes to dislocated staffers until hotel rooms could be found. We provide Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services to the Town of Granby in Oswego County New York. It is greatly appreciated - Happy Holidays! Incident command has checked the area and reports no new fire activity. Since mid-August, Northern’s team had watched the Cameron Peak Fire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park just to the north of Grand County, threatening some of Northern’s customers and watersheds, but not the heart of its collection system. CO 125 closed near Granby due to East Troublesome Fire October 17, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado - Evacuations in place for nearby residents GRAND COUNTY — Colorado Highway 125 is closed near Granby due to the East Troublesome Fire. The Fire department provides fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical care, and hazardous materials response. The population is approximately 1864. The East Troublesome Fire has burned more than 265 square miles. (Eli Pace, Sky-Hi News) The sheriff said he was overwhelmed by the way the community came together to rescue residents and evacuate. The East Troublesome fire has grown to be the second-largest wildfire … Published June 19, 2020 • Updated on June 19, 2020 at 9:35 pm NBCConnecticut.com Crews responded to brush fires that were caused by downed power lines in Granby … Updated: 11:08 PM MDT October 23, 2020 … And I don’t want to know. As climate change and searing droughts have dried out the forests that blanket these watersheds, impossibly large, so-called megafires are becoming the dangerous new norm. Initially they hoped to keep most of their operators on the West Slope by moving the temporary command center farther West to another Northern operations site. New Wildland Fire Near Lake Granby Contained By Logan Smith October 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm GRAND COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — Fire crews in Grand County … The Highland Marina on Lake Granby has been a prime spot for vacationers, boaters and fisherman. An evacuation center was set up at the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby. Jerd Smith is editor of Fresh Water News. As the East Troublesome Fire raged near Granby, Colorado, Dan Stones could only imagine from a distance the fate of his family cabin. Published: 11/10/2020 2:47:00 PM. October 2020. Credit: Northern Water, Smoke from the East Troublesome Fire billows over Lake Granby. Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off? 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. The highway is closed near Granby due to the fire. Until Oct. 21 when Grand County’s East Troublesome fire sprinted 17 miles in less than three hours, threatening to engulf communities across the county and giving these Northern Water staffers and others just hours to decide how best to move the water agency’s operations center out of Grand County and over to Northern’s emergency operations center in Berthoud, on Colorado’s Front Range. October 23, 2020. The town was incorporated in 1905, and a new town hall was finished in February 2007. October 2020. Credit: Northern Water. (credit: CBS) “The fire got ahead of us. The fire started on Wednesday north of Hot Sulphur Springs and over the weekend firefighters got 10% containment on the 12,665 acre blaze. At a Glance. 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. 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