Fire, Smoke, Flashfloods and Mudslides in Colorado

July 6, 2012
Afternoon view of the Rocky Mountains from Eaton, Colorado, July 4, 2012.

Wildfire smoke settles on Fort Collins on the Fourth of July

According to the NOAA, June 2012 was the hottest June in Denver since weather records began in 1872. The heat did little to help the firefighters struggling with some the most severe ever seen in Colorado. The Foothills are now under daily flash flood warnings as afternoon showers move across the state and Hwy 14 is currently closed in the High Park Fire burn area near Poudre Park in Poudre Canyon due to a mudslide.
The National Weather Service has repeatedly warned residents near the High Park Fire burn area of the possibility of flash flooding since the beginning of July, 2012. Shortly after 1 p.m. on July 6, 2012, the NWS issued a flash flood warning due to a stationary thunderstorm near the town of Rustic, which is west of Fort Collins where over 2 inches of rain has fallen since around noon. The weather forecast calls for afternoon thunderstorms into the weekend, as well.


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