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Now that activity on the #NCARFire in Boulder, CO has calmed down significantly, a majority of the evacuation orders have been lifted, and the risk of property loss moving forward appears low, I wanted to share a few related thoughts. (All photos from yesterday, 3/26/22.) #COwx Image
1) NCAR Fire is an example of a relatively small fire posing disproportionately high risk to homes in wildland-urban interface. Should an ignition have occurred exactly the same place during one of Boulder's infamous downslope windstorms, it could have been a catastrophic event. Image
2) Emergency comms during this event were...not good. There was little info during first 1.5 hrs, which would have been critical had conditions been worse. Then, suddenly, a startlingly wide evacuation was ordered for ~15-20k people well *upwind* of fire,causing traffic gridlock.
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