Firefighters get help from weather in Colorado
June 23, 2010
CANON CITY, Colo. – A new crew of firefighters arrived to help battle a 700-acre wildfire Wednesday as investigators continued to probe the source of the blaze.
Firefighters were expected to get some help from the weather. No red flag warnings were issued in southern Colorado for the first time in a week.
Todd Pechota, the incident commander for the Rocky Mountain Type 2 team now managing the Parkdale Canyon fire, said the fire is in good shape thanks to the aggressive initial attack on the blaze, which broke out Monday.
The fire has burned at least one home, damaged five others and forced the evacuation of homes and businesses. It’s also shut down rafting and a tourist railroad in the scenic Royal Gorge.
The fire also knocked out power to about 70 homes, and Black Hills Energy has been working to get service restored.
Farther south, another fire is burning on about 4,900 acres in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and the San Isabel National Forest. No structures are threatened and the park has remained open since the fire began June 6 with a lightning strike.