Storm Winds Give Colorado Firefighters the Upper Hand

Last weekend, a “Derecho” — an unusually strong, long-lived and large straight-line wind storm — blew through the eastern/central portion of the United States. This storm killed 20 people and left millions without electricity. Its 90-mph winds gusted from the Chicago area to Washington D.C., and was noted to have energy readings five times that of normal thunderstorms. Parts of Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington went dark as a result of the storm, interrupting their internet services and ruining their fresh and frozen food.

Ironically, this intensive windstorm also produced enough humidity to help firefighters boost containment of the High Park fire to 100%. The Waldo Canyon fire continues to burn across the Colorado Springs landscape, with 80% containment at this time. July 12th is slated as a possible date for full containment. It is estimated that between these two fires, 606 homes and commercial structures have been decimated. The loss of acreage is as big a concern, as the combined destruction of land between the areas in Waldo, High Park, Weber, Pine Ridge and Little Sand amounts to almost 140,000 acres.

Preparations are underway as claims adjusters begin meeting to setup inspection appointments for the destroyed homes and buildings.

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