CONIFER, Colo. – Much cooler weather and snow allowed firefighters to declare the Lower North Fork Fire 100-percent contained Monday. All remaining evacuation orders were canceled.
“We’ve seen so many firefighters and first responders going up the road that I feel a bit more secure now. If anything flares up again, they’re in position to react much better than they were in the beginning,” says former evacuee Heather Furger.
The search for a missing woman was suspended after suspected human remains were found inside the fire-damaged home of Ann Appel Saturday. Appel had not been seen since the Lower North Fork Fire raced through her neighborhood.
The remains have been turned over to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office to begin a series of forensic tests, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The bodies of Sam Lamar Lucas, 77, and his wife Linda M. Lucas, 76, were found at their home on Kuehster Road Tuesday. Kelley said investigators are trying to determine why the couple failed to adhere to the mandatory evacuation order.
Homeowner Rosemary Skiles is unhappy about how the fire started. “The forest service — I’m not happy with them and their controlled burns that are no longer controlled.”
The health department is warning residents about trying to dig in rubble. “There could be asbestos, there could be hazardous chemicals,” says Jefferson County Health Department spokesman Craig Sanders. “Think of all the things you have in your house on a routine basis. All of those things that were combusted or impacted during the fire and that can lead to significant environmental and health problems.”
Specific donations are being requested to assist the families impacted by the Lower North Fork Fire. 100% of the items donated will go directly to the families impacted and displaced by the fire, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mountain Resource Center, a local community center in Conifer, located at 11030 Kitty Dr., has agreed to accept the following items Monday-Friday 9-5:
• Cash or checks- checks may be mailed to Mountain Resource Center, P.O. Box 425 Conifer, CO 80433
• Financial donations may be made at www.mrcco.org
• Gift cards in small denominations of $15-25.00 (Target, Wal-Mart, local grocery stores and gas stations)
• Pantry food items that are non-perishable
• Those wishing to donate furniture or appliances are asked to contact the center directly at 303-838-7552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mountain Resource Center is not able to accept furniture at this time but will coordinate requests with community members wishing to donate.
• Mountain Resource Center is not able to accept clothing items at this time.
On Thursday, Jefferson County released a complete list of homes that have been destroyed or damaged in the wildfire. They are:
17000 Elk Ridge Road
13637 Kuehster Road
13657 Kuehster Road
13801 Kuehster Road
13807 Kuehster Road
14419 Eagle Vista Drive
14440 Eagle Vista Drive
16950 Elk Ridge Road
17020 Elk Ridge Road
17050 Elk Ridge Road
17051 Elk Ridge Road
13647 Kuehster Road
18656 Rocky Top Trail
18516 Rocky Top Trail
18776 Rocky Top Trail
18726 Rocky Top Trail
18006 Rocky Top Trail
13097 Arrowhead Springs Trail
13697 Arrowhead Springs Trail
13707 Arrowhead Springs Trail
17254 Arrowhead Springs Trail
17223 Arrowhead Springs Trail
14141 Broadview Circle
14201 Broadview Circle
14409 Eagle Vista Drive
17986 Rocky Top Trail
Jefferson County residents: register your cell phone for emergency alerts