President Barack Obama called Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday to check on fire resources and to offer his thoughts to those affected by the High Park Fire that is only about 5% contained.
The Greeley City Council will hear a report at 5 p.m. today, June 12 regarding the current and possible impacts of the High Park Fire on Greeley’s water supply. The presentation will cover the challenges to Greeley’s water supply and the actions the City is currently taking and will take in the future to ensure that the community’s water resources are safe for residents and other water customers.
The presentation is open to the public at 919 7th Street in Greeley at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. The presentation will also be available as follows:
The High Park Fire is 5% contained, but 25 new evacuation orders were sent at 12:38 p.m. Evacuation orders have been issued for the entire Pingree Park Road area, to include Hourglass and Comanche Reservoirs, east on the Buckhorn Road up to and including Pennock Pass, northeast to the intersection of Stove Prairie Road and Highway 14, and west to the intersection of Highway 14 and Pingree Park Road.
All evacuated citizens may go to The McKee building at The Ranch at I25 and Crossroads Boulevard.
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners approved a ban on the sale and use of fireworks and public fireworks displays for unincorporated western Larimer County (north to south), effective Saturday, June 16, 2012 when former restrictions are set to expire.
Open Fires are already restricted through September 30, 2012.
The High Park Fire burning 15 miles west of Fort Collins has now burned an estimated 41,140 acres and it continues to grow. On Monday, firefighters were able to anchor the SW corner of the fire, which will help start to establish fire line. Air support helped firefighters make ground on south and northeast corner of fire. The Colorado fire remains at 0% contained Monday night. Weather Tuesday is expected to be warmer and drier with winds out of the southwest and gusts up to about 18 mph.
Evacuation orders remain in place for the following areas:
As the smoke from the High Park Fire continues to travel, the City of Greeley is closely monitoring it’s air quality, especially for citizens and kids participating in outdoor recreation activities. Poor air quality could cause breathing difficulties in Greeley and Weld County, especially for people susceptible to respiratory conditions.
So many kind folks are reaching out to help our neighbors. Second Chance Thrift and Second Chance Veterans Charity are opening their doors to those that have been affected by the High Park Fire. They have an abundance of clothing and household items that they are willing to donate to those displaced by the fire.
If you cam help, any donations of clothing or household items will be greatly appreciated to help in this cause. Other local organizations are also collecting items and are here to help.
Many people are taking pictures of the High Park Fire burning just 15 miles west of Fort Collins and growing. As of Monday afternoon the fire has moved into Lory State Park. We found Istagram picture of the High Park Fire.
Some work will be done in Windsor this week that will cause part of the Poudre Trail to be closed for about a week. A section of the Poudre River Trail, one mile east of State Highway 257 will be closed due to the Town of Windsor sewer interceptor project. The closure will occur from Wednesday, June 13th through Tuesday, June 26th.
At least 100 structures have been damaged or destroyed, mostly in the Rist Canyon area as the High Park Fire continues to spread in Colorado. Officials say that some structures may have been damaged in other areas including Poudre Park, Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon.
Smoke is visible across Colorado and in Nebraska and Wyoming as a fire continues to grow quickly in Northern Colorado. The High Park Fire burning just 15 miles west of Fort Collins is now estimated to be 20,000 acres. 2,200 evacuation notices have been sent out as a result of a fire that is growing out of control due to high winds in the area. Gusts as high as 42 MPH in the area of the fire were reported Sunday.
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