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Old 06-11-2013, 5:31 PM
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Exclamation Black Forest Wildfire

Another substantial wildfire - this one prompting evacuations near Black Forest.

Wildfire forces evacuations in the Black Forest fire | koaa.com | Colorado Springs | Pueblo |
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Old 06-11-2013, 6:02 PM
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From my backyard:
http://i41.tinypic.com/j8z4wk.jpg

From a friend in the evac area:
http://i44.tinypic.com/2ylv3hy.jpg

plume is almost all black smoke now, $500k + homes in this area, per scanner most all homes on peregrine way and darr drive are gone.

Plume has doubled in size:

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Old 06-11-2013, 6:58 PM
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Lots of monitoring opportunities, taking lots of houses and we're discussing on Zello all afternoon as well if anyone interested in joining.

More than 28 square miles of Black Forest now under mandatory evacuation. Everyone be safe!

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:27 PM
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Lots more wildland task forces from the Denver area now enroute advising Mac-11 and 12.

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:27 PM
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Now at 7,500+ acres burned and 1,200+ homes evacuated. I think the El Paso County Sheriff estimated damaged or destroyed homes to be in the tens of homes...MAFF from Peterson AFB will join the fire fight tomorrow.

UPDATED Mandatory Evacuation for #BlackForestFire - East of Meridian to Eastonville, Ayer North all the way to Hogden. - 10:20 p.m.
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And Bob's feed remains the busiest in the country tonight.

El Paso County Fire and EMS

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Old 06-12-2013, 12:55 AM
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I'm not sure if anyone archived the scanner traffic at the start of this, but around 16:00 to 16:15 today BFFD was still staging along the east side of this fire and having local (El Paso County) units hold in their stations.

I specifically heard Ft Carson Fire and Broadmoor Fire report available resources relayed by dispatch and were told to stand by from Command / Operations.

I wonder if they're rethinking that choice now that it's over 8,000 acres....

Later there were water supply issues because a specific adapter was unavailable for Tenders to draft from Cisterns.

Are Scanner archives ever used in the after action analysis?
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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; U; en-US) Gecko/20081217 Vision-Browser/8.1 301x200 LG VN530)

I would think that most, if not all radio traffic would be recorded at the point of origin, meaning the dispatch centers themselves. They wouldn't need to access scanner archives like RR/Broadcastify, unless *maybe* they have a glitch in-house.
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C-130 MAFFS will be making drops starting Wednesday.
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1229 PM EDT - per scanner feeds - head of fire building near Black Forest Reserve - heavy tankers might drop there

Goodson Rd was mentioned as a flank

head of fire was said to be at the "NorthEast"

" push the request (forward) to get the 2 air tankers " (via Pueblo wildfire coord center) - 1233 PM EDT - Air to Ground 58 will be used - 2 airtankers are responding from Pueblo

any TV station doing a live helo feed?

101 PM EDT - head of fire is at 39 03.751 -104 37.861 - Google Maps has Street View there

110 PM EDT - air to air is 121.075 - air to ground is 169.20 - 3 helos in air now

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Old 06-12-2013, 12:49 PM
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Not sure if the news helos are even going to be able to get close today but even the denver news helos were down here yesterday. Heres a list for you to check:
Krdo.com
Kktv.com
Fox21.com
Kdvr.com
9news.com
Thedenverchannel.com
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Old 06-12-2013, 1:51 PM
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Default news helicopters.

9news, channel 7 Denver, and channel 4 Denver, all share the same bird.
but I have not seen any live video from today.

also I think you mean Fox21news.com

fox21.com is in another state.
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Does anyone have a confirmed Air to Air Freq? I think it's all Military from the Ft Carson 4th CAB
I've been monitoring 121.075 on a scanner and an AM portable (VXA-710) and neither are picking up any traffic. I'm line of sight to the fire and can see Helo's with Telephoto lens
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There are three TFR's in CO right now for fires.
The contact frequencies listed are 120.075, 124.375 and 123.125.
http://tfr.faa.gov
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Default Black Forest Fire

I live in Boulder so I cannot monitor active fire aviation frquencies on scene. Tanker base at Metro is usning 123.975 A-G with the tankers. One tanker asked Ops at Metro if 123.075 was active and was told no. The active frequency is 122.925. I cannot confirm this.
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BINGO!

I can confirm Air to Air traffic on 122.925 as of 16:00

FW speaking about rotor craft underneath them.
It sounded like a Lead Plane speaking to the DC-10
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Default Confirming Air Freqs

122.925 is Spotter Plane and Heavy Tankers
118.050 is Helicopters doing drops
Confirmed at 16:29 MDT
Also fire traffic on TG,s 4625 (CSFD Command 6), 4784 (Wescott Fire), 4942 (El Paso Co Ruby Command) 4943 (El Paso Co Ruby Ops), 4010 (Mac-11)

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Now that type 1 federal team has taken over, think we're going to soon see a new comm plan.

Fed tac 1 = 168.050,
tac 2= 168.200,
tac 3 = 168.600,
tac 4 n/a,
tac 5 = 168.700

Black Forest Fire ops are on El Paso County Red, C2,C4,C6,C7,C9, CSFD command 4,6,9, DTRS MAC11, 12 and Online.

however they can be assigned different numbers on the 205.

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DC-10 headed back to base went right over my house:

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Old 06-13-2013, 7:03 AM
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Black Forest Fire Evacuation Map

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