A Windy Day in the Neighborhood

May 2010

Flying hats. Doors blowing open. Papers going everywhere. Plus, a raging wildfire. That was the scene Tuesday, as strong winds cropped up along the Front Range ahead of yet another spring cold front. Some gusts hit 55 miles per hour at Denver International Airport, slowing flight departures, according to The Denver Post. And the National Weather Service issued a "high wind warning" for the Front Range, according to Boulder's Daily Camera, which notes that Chinook winds downed a massive cottonwood tree on the Boulder Creek Path, near the Chief Niwot statue. But the worst of the winds were felt near Conifer, west of Denver, where the Blackhawk Fire broke out and quickly spread, leading to voluntary evacuations, according to 9News. Crews were able to contain the fire, which spread to about 10 acres. Investigators say downed power lines might have sparked the blaze, perhaps leaving many in the area without power for days. No injuries or damages were reported. Meanwhile, federal forest managers are asking water utilities, ski resorts, and others for help with dealing with beetle-killed trees---which pose a severe threat to watersheds---in fire-prone, dying forests, according to The Denver Post