Lower North Fork Fire pics, videos: Ann Appel missing, 45 percent contained
Original post, 10:35 a.m. March 27: Moments ago, I reached Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley, and she was overwhelmed -- understandable given the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer, which flared up yesterday and is currently burning out of control. In addition, numerous buildings have been damaged and one thus-far-unidentified person has been found dead. Photos and videos below.
Here's the most recent perimeter map issued by Jefferson County, showing the outlines of the blaze as of 11 p.m. last night:
As for the dimensions of the damage, Kelley directed us to the Twitter accounts for Jefferson County and the Sheriff's Office, which are being updated regularly. Here's a tweet about acreage burned and the manpower being dispatched to fight it:
Regarding air power, there's this:
...And while we don't know the identity of the person who was found dead, Jeffco officials are pretty sure who he wasn't:
At this writing, so-called Hot Shot fire crews are en route from Arizona, Utah and South Dakota, and will be deployed along the fire line upon their arrival. The winds are less fierce today than yesterday, which should help, but the conditions are extraordinarily dry, which won't.
Look below to check out a series of Lower North Fork Fire photos courtesy of Flickr photog Shawn Campbell and the Jefferson County emergency blog spot. They're followed by a slew of videos from folks in the area, showing why the entire metro area smells smoky right now.
Page down to see more photos of the Lower North Fork Fire.