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South Fork: Colorado Fire May Destroy Entire Town

South Fork Fire

In South Fork, Colorado, fire may destroy the entire town. As dry conditions and high wind fuel the massive fires, authorities are concerned that they will continue to spread.

Officials have ordered all 400 residents of South Fork to evacuate immediately. They estimate that the chance of saving the town from the blaze is “low to moderate.”

The Black Forest Fire has already claimed the lives of two and has destroyed 400 homes, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado history.

As reported by Business Insider, the fires have ravished entire neighborhoods and left hundreds of Colorado residents homeless. Animals are also a concern as many residents have evacuated ranches, bringing their animals along. For some, the animals are part of their livelihood.

As reported by 9 News, residents in South Fork, Colorado, fear the fires may wipe out their entire town. The West Fork Fire and Windy Pass fires are both threatening the small village. Those two fires alone are responsible for destroying nearly 30,000 acres.

The West Fork Fire has already hit the Rio Grande National Forest, which completely surrounds South Fork. Authorities have stated that the the West Fork and Windy Pass fires are aggressive and spreading fast. Their aggressive behavior has been referred to as “undocumented and unprecedented.”

As reported by Yahoo News, the fires are currently spreading one mile every hour.  They are now approximately seven miles away from South Fork.

South Fork is a resort town known for camping and hiking trails. It may be best known as home to the fictional “Kamp Komfort” as seen in National Lampoon’s Vacation. The memorable scene featured a dog and a picnic basket.

Authorities speculate that the fire was started by a lightening strike. The hot, dry weather, combined with numerous dead trees has made it impossible to fight from the ground. All efforts to extinguish or contain the fire from above have been fruitless.

The South Fork Colorado fire is sure to cause some degree of devastation. Unfortunately, authorities cannot predict exactly how bad it will be.

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14 Responses to “South Fork: Colorado Fire May Destroy Entire Town”

  1. Linnea Burson

    Uh…the Black Forest Fire has destroyed 509 homes, not 400. Poor Colorado…we really could use some rain!

  2. TimAmber Hall

    I am just so heart broken…. I just pray they can contain it.

  3. Brenda Thomason Baker

    It's heartbreaking! Praying they can stop it!

  4. Vera Narishkin

    http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/difficulties/lighteninglightning.html

    Lightening vs Lightning.

    The English words lightening and lightning are only one letter apart in spelling and pronunciation, but worlds apart in meaning. The lightning bolt of comprehension you get after reading this lesson will start lightening your confusion.

    Lightening

    Lightening is the present participle of the verb "to lighten," and refers to the process of making something lighter in color. Lightening is the opposite of darkening, or making something darker.

    I'm lightening my jeans by adding bleach to the wash. The dark blue will become light blue.

    He's lightening the room by painting it white.

    Lightening also refers to the process of making something lighter in weight. Lightening is the opposite of making something heavier.

    By using more plastic in place of metal, and thereby lightening cars, we can get better gas mileage.

    The trick to lightening a cake is using beaten egg whites.

    Lightning

    Lightning is a noun – it refers to the meteorological phenomenon that is followed by thunder.

    Lightning tends to strike the tallest thing in its vicinity.

    The lightning storm caused the forest fire.

    The Bottom Line.

    The confusion between lightening and lightning is due to their similar spelling and pronunciation. Just remember that to be quick like lightning, you need to lighten your load by leaving out the e.

  5. Anonymous

    In the last days, God said it would be fire! I feel for those who have lost their lives and homes. Blessings to each and everyone of them.

  6. Anonymous

    Your point? Pray for these people instead of trying to take them to school.

  7. Jennifer Hollis-Morris

    @ Vera Narishkin. South Fork is very sentimental to me. I spent many summers there as a kid at my family's cabin. I have promised my own children that I would take them there some day soon but this adorable little town now is in danger of becoming nonexistant. So, as a champion speller in school, I do not need your spelling lesson nor does anyone else reading this. You probably have no idea where this is even located since you are in another country. Please do not comment unless you have encouraging words for the readers. Thank you!