A few hours later the blaze had burned 320 acres as the Forest Service deployed helicopters, tanker planes and a "hot shot" squad in an effort to contain the flames. The squads generally include 20-22 firefighters sent to combat the most challenging sections of the nation's high-priority fires. of State Raffensperger is an 'enemy of the people', Trump: 'It was a rigged election, massive fraud has been found', Nation marks nontraditional Thanksgiving as pandemic alters plans, Trump: ‘It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede’, Trump and Biden celebrate Thanksgiving quietly amid pandemic, Hospitals anticipate surge in coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving, Trump says it will be ‘a very hard thing’ to concede, repeats false fraud claim, A scaled-back U.S. Thanksgiving as COVID surges, Twitter embraces professor's sweet Thanksgiving message, Israel frees Palestinian who waged 103-day hunger strike. Start the day smarter. Probably drills from Buckley AFB, id assume they run them often. Geo Heli Denver Helicopter Charters are a fast and convenient way to transport clients between tightly scheduled events, to convey wedding parties or guests to and from venues, to provide a family friendly afternoon sightseeing and touring area attractions, plus so much more! Multiple passings now. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. How wild will American politics get before the year ends? I’ve never been through anything like that.”. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. And thousands of people have fled the CalWood fire that authorities say has destroyed an undetermined number of homes. Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off? Man they used to rattle the hell out of Columbus when I was stationed at Benning. I checked them out on the flight tracking radar. Officials also warned people driving in the area not stop to watch aircraft and firefighting activities "as this poses a hazard for fellow travelers. Grew up next to Patrick AFB right on the beach...I thought the low flying was normal. Medical helicopters. Pompeo reflects on 'most memorable moments,' addresses plans for the future. The Ice Fire in San Juan County began burning Monday afternoon in the South Mineral Creek area near a trail head in the San Juan National Forest, the county Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. I'm really curious about what's going on. Kieran Nicholson covers breaking news for The Denver Post. Been having at least one circle over my apartment near the Anschutz campus for an hour now, flying maybe 30ft above the rooftop. pic.twitter.com/OwWn5UZI7W. Nicholson has covered a variety of beats including suburbs, courts, crime and general assignment. 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The copters will take off from Fort Carson, fly east toward Fountain, north to the Air Force Academy and south back to the Army base. Statues of former presidents, other historical monuments vandalized in 4 states over Thanksgiving, Senate Democrats face power struggle for top judiciary job, Cameron Peak fire, largest wildfire in Colorado history, spreads across the state (1). A cyclist and pedestrians use a path near the overlook along Highway 36 as a smoke plume grow as several wildfires burn in northern and western Colorado and smoke funnels on to the eastern plains Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, near Boulder, Colo. Onlookers gather at the overlook along Highway 36 to watch a smoke plume grow as several wildfires burn in northern and western Colorado, sending smoke on to the eastern plains, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, near Boulder, Colo. The fire in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests was listed as 51% contained on Tuesday. 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The Sheriff's Department evacuated campers and hikers from the area, including 23 hikers and three dogs flown out via helicopters. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. He and the other hikers grouped together to decide whether to try to find a way to hike out of the area or wait for help. Greg Anson told the Durango Herald he was on a day hike to Ice Lake when he noticed a “massive” plume of smoke. That’ll be $8,000 a week, Thrift stores thrive during pandemic, deluged with donations, then shoppers after shutdown, Denver Mayor Hancock apologizes for flying for Thanksgiving after urging others not to travel due to COVID-19, Denver mayor traveled for Thanksgiving despite pandemic and Twitter was not happy about it, Health officials lift shutdown orders for 5 Douglas County restaurants that violated COVID-19 restrictions, Another district court judge says inappropriate conduct by other judges is the norm in Adams County, Record Denver snowfall is rare for multiple reasons. Complaints can be lodged with Fort Carson at 719-526-9849. Smoke from the fire was visible for miles around, and it hung like thick smog over the county seat of Silverton. ", No evacuations had been ordered in the sparsely populated county, but emergency management officials urged people in the Silverton area to "familiarize themselves with a ready, set, go evacuation plan." Has to be drills. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. This handout satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows the Cameron Peak Fire that continues to burn and spread dense smoke over the Front Range of northern Colorado on Oct. 16, 2020. 45th does so much training there it's like 24/7 traffic. Firefighters and support personnel across the West were battling at least 58 major fires in nine Western states on Tuesday, the National Interagency Fire Center said. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Crazy! So low it shakes the house. “Some people didn’t think they could make it," he said.