New Fire started today. Thought I would get word out for anyone planning to hunt deer area 78 and elk areas 110. It's in the savage run wilderness currently but will likely have an impact on a good amount of this area.
Just reading about this last night.
Took my boy to his quarterly appointment at the children's hospital in Aurora earlier in the week, roads signs in Colorado state fire ban in effect for the entire state. We went up last weekend here in Wyoming on the forest and it's still no open flame, only grills and propane cookers allowed.
6" of heavy wet snow would truly be a blessing right now!!
Update - This fire will also likely impact elk area 9 and deer area 76. They are evacuating the western edge of that region now in the Rob Roy reservoir area. Anyone planning to hunt the Snowy Range should check closures before travelling out.
The problem with beetle kill is that they are usually not the ones to burn. The green trees go up like a torch and while the dead ones will burn, in a fire it is usually just the bark and smaller limbs that get taken out. Then the big problem comes with the standing dead and no roots to hold them to the earth. Here in Colorado we had a number of hiking trails and even segments of National Forest closed down because of the standing dead trees with the possibility of falling over if someone sneezed too hard.
Just talked to Wyoming G & F and all holders of deer tags for Unit 78 will be notified by letter & email (if you have an email on record) of your options due to the closures and damage from the Mullen fire, which is still ongoing.
We have a layer of ash on everything this morning in Cheyenne 80 miles away! I can't even imagine what it's like in Laramie, and the west valley right behind the fire. Last night they had the reported burned acres at 35,000+. And today is suppose to be worse.