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Alcohol and weather are reported factors in accident
A 21-year-old man from Evergreen was rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries in a 13-foot fall at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Ryan Scott Haebe, 21, and several friends were climbing from a third-floor balcony to the building’s rooftop at a building in the 800 block of Walnut St. when Haebe apparently slipped and fell onto a balcony on the second floor below. Haebe’s friends told police he had been intoxicated at the time of the accident. No one saw him fall, and it had been raining.
Two of Haebe’s friends jumped to the lower balcony to help him after they heard him fall. He was unconscious and bleeding, and appeared to have suffered head injuries. Because no one was at home at the lower-floor apartment where the victim had fallen, the Boulder Fire Department forced entry in order to get to him and give medical aid. Haebe was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.
According to Haebe’s friends, they decided to go to the rooftop after they arrived home from an evening out. They climbed over their third-floor balcony railing and began to climb to the roof, hanging onto the edge of the roof and stepping on a (approximately) three-inch wide metal ledge that inclined toward the roof. At least one of the friends made it up, and Haebe was following. That’s when they heard the victim fall.
Haebe remains in the hospital in critical condition.
The case number is 12-9004.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dixie Bliley at 303-441-4322.
City to conduct prescribed grassland burns this month
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department and the Boulder Fire Department will be conducting prescribed grassland burns this month. The burns will be conducted only if environmental and weather conditions fall within city burn plan guidelines. Ignitions will not begin before 10 a.m. and will end no later than 2 p.m.
Prescribed burns will be conducted at the following sites:
- OSMP Fell property, a 15-acre site located north of Valmont Road and east of 75th Street,
- OSMP Van Vleet property, a 25-acre site located west of South Boulder Creek and south of South Boulder Road.
- OSMP Gephard property, a 20-acre site located east of South Boulder Creek, north of South Boulder Road, and west of Cherryvale Rd.
Boulder’s ecosystems have evolved with fire over thousands of years. The prescribed burning of these areas will improve habitat for native plants and wildlife.
Additionally, OSMP, in conjunction with the Boulder Fire Department, will be conducting ditch burns throughout the spring on the city’s agricultural properties. OSMP has significant shares of water rights used primarily to support agricultural activity in the Boulder Valley. Ditch burning is important to the productivity of agricultural cropland and the efficiency of water delivery. Periodic burning removes the build up of plant debris in irrigation ditches and also keeps weeds at bay, reducing herbicide use. Burning is a cost effective way to clear irrigation ditches before the spring water run off.
No burning will occur on Red Air Quality days. Trained fire personnel and natural resource advisors will be on site during this activity.
For questions about prescribed burning on OSMP properties, please call 303-441-3440 or visit www.OSMP.org.
Monday, January 16, 2012
On January 15, 2012, at approximately 5 pm, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder Fire Department, AMR Ambulance Service and Rocky Mountain Rescue responded to the second flatiron, west of Boulder. Harry Bucy and his son were climbing when Harry fell approximately 30 feet. Mr. Bucy was rescued and transported to the Boulder Community Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Forty minutes after responding to the for-mentioned rescue, rescuers were called to another fallen climber on the first flatiron. Daniel Garcia had fallen approximately 15 feet, also sustaining non-life threatening injuries and transported to the Boulder Community Hospital.
Neither rescue, nor the victims were associated with each other.
Boulder firefighters and Parks and Recreation team up for fifth consecutive year to brighten local children’s holidays
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Services Initiative (YSI) program is working to brighten children’s holidays this season with help from the community and the Boulder Fire Department’s IAFF Local 900 union.
YSI provides youth from low-income families with opportunities and resources necessary to make positive recreational, educational, and lifestyle choices through after-school programs and community involvement activities.
This year, YSI will host holiday parties for program youth and their families on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 15. Last year’s holiday parties served more than 150 families and delivered nearly 500 gifts to the children.
IAFF Local 900 support of YSI
The Boulder Fire Department’s IAFF Local 900 union will donate money for the fifth consecutive year. Their donations will help purchase gifts for children served by the YSI program who are living at Boulder’s low-income housing sites (managed by Boulder Housing Partners). The firefighters say this is a way to give back to kids in their very own community..
“We are honored to be able to support YSI youth during the holiday season,” said Lt. John Nunez, who has been involved with the department’s toy drive efforts for 19 years. “Sometimes, this will be the only gift a child receives. It is humbling for us to serve families who need a little extra help over the holidays.”
“When we show up in our fire trucks to these holiday parties, the looks on the children’s faces are priceless,” he added.
Community asked to help with donations
If you would like to make a donation to the YSI Program Toy Drive, visit www.BoulderParks-Rec.org, click on the “Youth Services toy drive – Donate today!” link and follow the instructions. A secure PayPal connection is provided and personal information will not be shared. Donations can be made using a major credit card or PayPal account. A small processing fee is deducted by PayPal from all donations. All donors will receive a receipt from PayPal and a Thank You from YSI. Checks can also be made payable to “YSI” and submitted to YSI, Attn: Alex Zinga, 3198 Broadway Ave., Boulder, CO 80304. Toy donation boxes are also located at the three City of Boulder recreation centers.
Additional funding over the amount needed for the toy drive will be placed in the YSI Scholarship Fund, which helps fund year-round recreation programs for low-income youth.
For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214
On Thursday, Aug. 11, the Boulder Fire Department will teach 213 resident advisors and other staff from the University of Colorado Boulder about fire safety. The goal of the training is for Resident Advising staff to learn how to teach freshmen students about fire safety and how to lead effectively during emergencies.
The training includes:
· Smoke evacuation from a residence hall using non-toxic theatrical smoke
· Fire extinguisher skills practice on live fire
· Classroom activities & case studies using fire-damaged materials from actual fires involving CU-Boulder students
· Panel discussions with CU police and Boulder Fire Rescue & residence hall directors on “What to Do While You Are Waiting for Emergency Services to Arrive”
The student-based program is in its tenth year, and has become a national model for fire safety training on college campuses around the country.
“It’s an honor for CU-Boulder to partner with the Boulder Fire Department in the development of a national fire safety model for college students,” said Deb Coffin, interim vice chancellor for student affairs. “The program is grounded in fire safety practices and student feedback, and we’re confident it’s making a difference in the safety and health of our students.”
Training sessions start at 8:00 a.m. and go through noon on Thursday on the CU campus, Farrand and Libby residence halls.
For fun, RAs and students will also have the chance to test their skills with fire hoses, shooting Frisbees with water from a fire engine adjacent to Farrand Field.
Some of the tips which will be provided during the training include:
· Always evacuate when a fire alarm sounds.
· Find the nearest exit, which may not be the most familiar route.
· Use the stairs – not elevators – when evacuating. Elevators can trap you between floors or open onto a fire floor.
· If you are trapped and can’t evacuate, call 911.
· Make sure the smoke alarms in your rooms have fresh batteries.
· Take responsibility for your own safety.
For more information, please contact Sherry Kenyon, Fire Safety Educator, at 303-910-8512.
City officials are teaming up with the University of Colorado to remind Boulder residents that all fireworks are illegal within city limits. Illegal fireworks include: sparklers, snaps, snakes, bottle rockets, Roman candles and smoke bombs. The fireworks ban has been in place since 1985.
Boulder police will have extra patrols out over the July 4th holiday. Anyone caught using fireworks could face penalties that include arson charges, heavy fines, court costs, loss of property, possible jail time and personal injury damages. CU students who violate the ban could be sanctioned by the University of Colorado’s Office of Judicial Affairs.
Fireworks were outlawed because they pose dangers to humans, pets, property, and the environment. Boulder Fire Chief Larry Donner encourages residents to celebrate the holiday safely. “Fireworks can be very dangerous and unpredictable. They often cause serious injuries. Nationally, children suffer the lion’s share of fireworks related injuries. In addition, there is the ever-present danger of starting a disastrous wildfire on our open space,” says Chief Donner.
The city will host a professional fireworks show on July 4th at Folsom Field. Admission to Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast is free. Gates open at 8:00 p.m., and the show is scheduled to begin around 8:30 p.m.
Anyone who has illegal fireworks and who wants to dispose of them will be granted amnesty if the fireworks are brought to any Boulder fire station. To report fireworks violations, residents are encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch line at 303-441-3333. To report a fire, always call 9-1-1 and give the location.
On Wednesday, June 8, Fairview High School will be the site of a bomb training exercise involving the Boulder Police Department, the Boulder Fire Department, Pridemark Paramedic Service, the FBI, Boulder Valley School District officials and administrators from Fairview and Boulder High Schools. Several students are also volunteering.
There are several objectives for the exercise: to provide the Boulder Valley School District with information and recommendations for dealing with a bomb-related incident on school grounds; to coordinate a multi-agency response and to allow the participating agencies an opportunity to fine-tune their tactics and protocols.
The exercise will begin at 12:30 p.m., and will take place mostly inside the school. School is out for the summer, and there should be no impact on traffic or roads in the area.
Members of the media are invited to attend between 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For safety reasons and to insure the integrity of tactics used, reporters are asked not to videotape the drill or to photograph or videotape the students who are participating.
Fairview High School is located at 1515 Greenbriar Blvd.
Investigators with the Boulder Fire Department have determined that the fire at the Oak at Fourteenth restaurant last week started under the grease hood in the restaurant’s kitchen. At the time, cooks were preparing the wood-burning grill and also using the deep-fryer.
The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental.
The fire started on the first floor and traveled up through the grease ducts to the area above the second floor, under the roof. Fire investigators believe the ducts became so hot that they ignited wooden beams and the underside of the roof. Because of the ductwork in this “void” space, access was difficult for firefighters.
The fire sprinkler system in the building is credited with helping to contain the fire. Damage is estimated at more than $1 million.
Twenty-five firefighters from the Boulder Fire Department have been fighting a fire at a duplex at 408 and 410 Arapahoe Avenue. Multiple 911 calls came in to the communication center around 3:12 a.m.
When firefighters arrived, the duplex at 410 Arapahoe was fully involved.
Five adults were inside. Two have been transported to Boulder Community Hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation injuries. Another is being flown to University Hospital to be treated for severe burns.
At this time, the fire is out. Firefighters are pulling down ceilings and knocking down walls to make sure there are no hot spots inside and that no smaller fires are continuing to burn in unseen areas.
Investigators are on-scene. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point, and it’s too early to estimate damages to the building.
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
437 AM MST THU M011
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND FIRE
CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS FIRE WEATHER WATCH.
…GUSTY WINDS AND DRY FUELS WILL PRODUCE VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER
OVER NORTHEAST COLORADO LATE FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
LARIMER COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTHWEST WELD COUNTY-
BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES BELOW 6000 FEET/WEST BROOMFIELD
NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND
ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST BROOMFIELD COUNTY-
ELBERT/CENTRAL AND EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET-
NORTHEAST WELD COUNTY-CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELD COUNTY-MORGAN COUNTY-
CENTRAL AND EAST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES-
NORTH AND NORTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTH LINCOLN
SOUTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/SOUTH LINCOLN COUNTY-
LOGAN COUNTY-WASHINGTON COUNTY-SEDGWICK COUNTY-PHILLIPS COUNTY-
437 AM MST THU MAR 10 2011
…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR FIRE
WEATHER ZONES 238…239…240…241…242…243…244…245…
246…247…248…249…250 AND 251…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
* AFFECTED AREA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 238…FORT COLLINS…
HEREFORD…LOVELAND…NUNN…WEST PAWNEE GRASSLANDS…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 239…ARVADA…BOULDER...GOLDEN…LAKEWOOD…
LONGMONT…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 240…AURORA…BRIGHTON…CITY
OF DENVER…DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…HIGHLANDS RANCH…
LITTLETON…PARKER…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 241…CASTLE ROCK…
ELBERT…FONDIS…KIOWA…LARKSPUR…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 242…
BRIGGSDALE…EAST PAWNEE GRASSLANDS…GROVER…PAWNEE
BUTTES…RAYMER…STONEHAM…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 243…EATON…
FORT LUPTON…GREELEY…ROGGEN…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 244…
BRUSH…FORT MORGAN…GOODRICH…WIGGINS…FIRE WEATHER ZONE
245…BENNETT…BYERS…DEER TRAIL…LEADER…FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 246…AGATE…HUGO…LIMON…MATHESON…FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 247…FORDER…KARVAL…KUTCH…PUNKIN CENTER…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 248…CROOK…MERINO…STERLING…PEETZ…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 249…AKRON…COPE…LAST CHANCE…OTIS…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 250…JULESBURG…OVID…SEDGWICK…FIRE WEATHER
* TIMING…RELATIVE HUMDIDITY WILL DROP INTO THE TEENS BY MIDDAY
FRIDAY ALONG WITH GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS.
* WIND…WEST TO NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.
* HUMIDITY…10 TO 15 PERCENT.
* IMPACTS…DRY CURED FUELS COMBINED WITH LOW HUMIDITY AND
STRONG WINDS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR FIRES TO START AND SPREAD
Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire that happened at Oak at Fourteenth Restaurant, 1400 Pearl Street, late this morning. Investigators believe the fire started inside the restaurant, then spread to other areas of the two-story building. The fire did not spread to adjacent businesses and no one inside the building was injured.
It happened around 10:34 a.m. Pedestrian traffic was shut down on Pearl Street between 14th and 16th Streets while firefighters were on-scene, and 14th Street between Spruce and Walnut was closed to vehicular traffic. The street is open now.
Damage estimates are not available yet.
Boulder Fire Rescue will host an annual departmental Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, East Training Room, 1805 33rd St.
The ceremony will feature awards for promotion of rank for new lieutenants, 1st and 2nd class firefighters and Life Saving presentations. An Exceptional Service Award will also be given.
Fire Chief Larry Donner will welcome and introduce all recipients. Friends, family members and the media are invited to attend the event.
Eight personnel will achieve the rank of 2nd class firefighters having served for more than one year: Ryan Boersma, Jason Thomas, Joe Vogel, Manuel Garcia, Thomas Spannring, Tyler Capron, Jeremy Felix, and Matt Watson.
Three personnel, Curt Stocker, Matt Zavala and Nate Muller, will achieve the rank of 1st Class firefighters having served more than three years.
Margaret Edel and Joe Savino will be recognized for achieving the rank of Lieutenant.
Six personnel will receive awards for life-saving efforts involving CPR to resuscitate victims of medical trauma: Lt. Jeff Martinez, Engineers Mike Hankins and Frank Decoteau, John Felling and Firefighters Tim Case and Brent Wambach.
Three firefighters, Dean Vande Berg, Brian Offord and Engineer Cameron Knapp, along with two Boulder police officers, Kristen Weisbach and Brent Biekert, will be recognized for their successful life-saving efforts during a fire in 2008 at 550 South 41st St.
Heidi Tregay, Program Specialist for Fire Administration, will be thanked for her exceptional service and support of the mission of Boulder Fire Rescue during 2010.
Yesterday I had a very productive day in California talking about social media, technology, emergency management, and ways to assist the public in getting prepared, by using the tools they use on a daily basis. Check out this short video to see who I met with:
In addition to meeting with fellow “Craig”, Craig Newmark (the founder of Craigslist), I also met with editors from Wired Magazine, Twitter, Apple and Facebook.
Some of the things we discussed included:
- The need to provide information to the public as data feeds, because they are a key member of our emergency management team;
- The importance of referring to people impacted by a disaster as survivors and utilizing them as a resource;
- The importance of providing good customer service; and
- How we, as emergency managers, need to stop trying to have the public fit into our way of doing things and receiving information, but that we should fit the way the public gets, receives and seeks out information.
There are a lot of discussions and conversations taking place about social media, text messaging, etc, and how these tools can be used before, during, and after a disaster.
There’s no question that these tools have already changed the field of emergency management – and will continue to. As emergency managers, we will have to be flexible and agile and quickly adapt as new technologies and communications tools emerge. What’s exciting is that these new tools, if we embrace them and leverage them effectively, will continue to help us better serve our customers – the public.
As the conversation continues, and as you use these tools on a daily basis, there are things that you can today do to prepare yourself, your family members, and your colleagues at work.
Communicating during or after an emergency
How are you communicating with each other if a disaster or emergency occurs? Are you going to call each other, send an email, text message, or update each other via a social network site? The disaster or emergency could be something like a blackout in your city or a school closure; all disasters aren’t large earthquakes or hurricanes.
Receiving updates on your phone
How are you receiving updates from local officials? Have you signed up for text message or email alerts? If you’re on Facebook, did you know that you can signup to receive text message updates from Facebook pages you follow? If you are a fan of FEMA on Facebook or your local emergency management agency, you can receive our update as a text message right on your phone (and just like with any text message, standard rates apply).
Leverage Twitter without creating an account
And here’s another small tip: if you are thinking about using Twitter, did you know you can receive text messages updates from someone you’re following without having to create an account? For example, if you wanted to receive our updates as a text message to your phone, just text FOLLOW FEMA to 40404 (this is Twitter’s text message number and of course, standard text message rates apply — the lawyers require me to repeat this). You can do the same for your local emergency management agency.
Our meetings in California generated great discussions and ideas and I’m excited to explore how we can move forward on them. In the meantime, I’d like to hear how you use these and other social network sites to communicate with friends and family before or during an emergency, so we can all utilize these tools to fullest capability, so please leave a comment below, or visit our ongoing challenge at www.challenge.gov/fema and submit your ideas.
According to early news reports. This fire has reportedly started in the same place where Four Mile Fire burned last December. It looks to be the result of yet another controlled burn in the mountains. Four mile fire started as result of controlled burn gone ary. What kind of an idiot starts controlled burns in the mountains. after all we have been through?? This fire grew to one acre, went from tree to tree and did no burn on the ground because of snow. Fire crews are now mopping up.
On January 13, 2011 at approximately 3:00am, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, and members of the Sugarloaf Fire Department, Four Mile Fire Department, and Nederland Fire Department responded to the area of Peewink Mountain near the 8500 block of Sugarloaf Rd., on the report of a small wildland fire.
The Fire is burning on Forest Service property, and as of 05:30am, is approximately ½ acre in size. The fire is contained and no structures were threatened.
It is believed that the cause of the fire was from a previous slash pile burn on Forest Service property that reignited and spread. The Forest Service is assuming command of the incident.
From: Sgt. Troy Wolf (303) 441-4444 Re: Wildland Fire Peewink Mountain Case #11-204 Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
Boulder Police department reports to Boulder Channel 1 news that trees are down all over Boulder. Community weather watchers say gust as high as 75mph in Table Mesa.
Red Flag Warning
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO 129 PM MDT TUE OCT 26 2010
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.
COZ238>251-270100- /O.NEW.KBOU.FW.W.0016.101026T1929Z-101027T0100Z/ LARIMER COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTHWEST WELD COUNTY- BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES BELOW 6000 FEET/WEST BROOMFIELD COUNTY- NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST BROOMFIELD COUNTY- ELBERT/CENTRAL AND EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET- NORTHEAST WELD COUNTY-CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELD COUNTY-MORGAN COUNTY- CENTRAL AND EAST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES- NORTH AND NORTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTH LINCOLN COUNTY- SOUTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/SOUTH LINCOLN COUNTY- LOGAN COUNTY-WASHINGTON COUNTY-SEDGWICK COUNTY-PHILLIPS COUNTY- 129 PM MDT TUE OCT 26 2010 ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 238...239... 240...241...242...243...244...245...246...247...248...249... 250 AND 251... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM MDT THIS EVENING. * AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 238...FORT COLLINS... HEREFORD...LOVELAND...NUNN...WEST PAWNEE GRASSLANDS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 239...ARVADA...BOULDER...GOLDEN...LAKEWOOD... LONGMONT...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 240...AURORA...BRIGHTON...CITY OF DENVER...DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...HIGHLANDS RANCH... LITTLETON...PARKER...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 241...CASTLE ROCK... ELBERT...FONDIS...KIOWA...LARKSPUR...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 242... BRIGGSDALE...EAST PAWNEE GRASSLANDS...GROVER...PAWNEE BUTTES...RAYMER...STONEHAM...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 243...EATON... FORT LUPTON...GREELEY...ROGGEN...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 244... BRUSH...FORT MORGAN...GOODRICH...WIGGINS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 245...BENNETT...BYERS...DEER TRAIL...LEADER...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 246...AGATE...HUGO...LIMON...MATHESON...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 247...FORDER...KARVAL...KUTCH...PUNKIN CENTER...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 248...CROOK...MERINO...STERLING...PEETZ...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 249...AKRON...COPE...LAST CHANCE...OTIS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 250...JULESBURG...OVID...SEDGWICK...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 251...AMHERST...HAXTUN...HOLYOKE. * TIMING...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL EARLY THIS EVENING. * WIND...NORTHWEST 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MPH. * HUMIDITY...AROUND 15 PERCENT. * IMPACTS...THE VERY WINDY CONDITIONS AND DRY FUELS WILL ALLOW ANY GRASS FIRES TO SPREAD RAPIDLY THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING. && BARJENBRUCH $$