Centaur Mountain is just about in the
center of the "Wildland-Urban Interface". One of the
issues we have to deal with in this area are wildland
fires - just as other areas of the country have to deal
with tornados and floods. This does not call for panic
or should effect the way we enjoy our beautiful
countryside. However, as with most such issues some
knowledge and preparation is necessary. Two useful links
The advice on having a bag or bags
packed and ready and to have the outside of our homes is
also very good.
I have be a wildland firefighter for 6
years, and a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff's
Incident Management Team for 14 years and continue on
that group.. During this time I have been a member of
the incident management team on about 10-12 fires, and
the Windsor Tornado, in the north-east Colorado area. In
addition, in 2002 I was hired for 10 days by the Federal
Government to be a Situation Leader on the Hayman Fire
with the Type I Team: California Team 5. The Hayman Fire
was the largest fire in Colorado history at that time.
Unfortunately, it has been significantly surpassed. A
summary of the fires in this area is on
In order to illustrate the relative size
of the Hayman Fire to the Evergreen District I produced
this map (this Situation Leader is primarily
responsible for maintaining an accurate map of the
fire). The Hayman Fire moved 19 miles in the first day.
If it had continued at this pace and direction it would
have reached the Evergreen District in the second day.
Please take all of this as background
information. The Evergreen District is surrounded on
most sides with many fire breaks: roads, open fields and
Centaur Mountain is vulnerable to a
wildland fire. I would suspect one that starts more
locally in one of the dense stands of trees and slash
and is wind-driven in this direction.
There is considerable mitigation that
could be done in and around centaur mountain. The task
is to find the will and funding.