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The High Park Fire Fire is 100% contained at 87,284 acres.   It should be noted that “containment” means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter.  “Control” means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall.
Hot spots will continue to exist within the perimeter during the containment phase and residents should expect to see smoke for days and weeks as the fire moves from containment to control. 

Fire crews and other work crews will be working in the fire area all week.  Citizens are urged to avoid the area if possible and drive cautiously and defensively.

Residents are urged to read the material posted at larimer.org/highparkfire regarding returning home and clean-up efforts.

6:00 A.M.(07/02) Update:

Current Situation:
Fire crews are patrolling the fire perimeter, mopping-up hotspots near the edge of the fire perimeter, and conducting fire line rehabilitation, including chipping up fire line debris and slash and installing water bars to help prevent erosion.

Resident Information:
Residents are welcome to call the Larimer County Emergency Information line at (970) 498-5500, which will have a recording with the current information.  They may also obtain information at larimer.org/emergency .

Reintegration:
All evacuation orders for the High Park Fire have been lifted and all county roads have been opened. This includes Highway 14 in the Poudre Canyon.

The Pingree Park, Upper Buckhorn, Monument Gulch, and Rist Canyon neighborhoods will be restricted to residents only.  Residents should be prepared to show identification at checkpoints.

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Latest Fire Map & Evacuations 

(Map Courtesy of cohighparkfiremap.org)

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How To Help & Get Help

  • The High Park Fire Donations Collection Center has opened in the Foothills Fashion Mall in the former Mervyn’s space. The Center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Items needed include Basic home first aid supplies, Sunscreen,School supplies, Backpacks, Water bottles, Water jugs,Laundry baskets, Men’s jeans, New underwear and socks, Coveralls and overalls, Work boots, Children and pant hangers, New and used sleeping bags, Clothing Racks, New sheets all sizes, New and used camping equipment, New pots and pans, Silverware, Paper cups and paper plates, Trash cans and trash bags, Outdoor tables and chairs, Outdoor storage, Gloves, Shovels, Tarps, Building supplies, Generators, Gift cards from area merchants, Personal hygiene items, Non-perishable foods – NOT HOME COOKED MEALS, Laundry and cleaning supplies, and cash donations.
  • The Rist Canyon, Glacier View and Poudre Canyon Volunteer Fire Departments are looking for donations to help defray the costs of firefighters assigned to the High Park Fire. To make a donation, please visit their websites.

-Glacier View Fire -glacierviewfiredept.com
-Rist Canyon Firercvfd.org
-Poudre Canyon Firepoudrecanyonfiredistrict.org

  • The Monday-Friday hours of operation at Larimer County’s High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins will change as of Monday, June 25, 2012. Weekend hours will remain the same. New hours are as follows effective Monday 6/25/12: Monday- Friday, 9am-6pm (formerly 7am-7pm) Saturday & Sunday – 9am-3pm (same)
  • The Lions Club of Northeast Colorado is offering assistance for families who are victims of the High Park Fire.  Assistance is available for the purchase of food, clothing, medicine, and other daily needs.  Contact Lion Ron at (970) 817-0071 or Lion Dave at (970) 222-6503.
  • To volunteer call 2-1-1 or call the Larimer County United Way at (970) 407-7066 or HelpColoradoNow.org
  • The NoCo Rebuilding Network has established an emergency fund to support community members directly affected by the High Park Fire. They are in critical need of financial support.  100% of the funds collected will be allocated to those whose homes have been significantly impacted by the fire and decide to sustainably rebuild in Larimer County.  To donate online, visit NoCoRebuilding.org
  • Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or the Inciweb website.
  • Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at leta911.org .
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Past Updates

7:25 P.M. (6/30) Update:

The High Park Fire is estimated at 87,284 acres, meaning the fire has not grown since June 27th.  Containment is now at 100% percent.

It should be noted that “containment” means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter.  “Control” means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall.  Hot spots will continue to exist within the perimeter during the containment phase and residents should expect to see smoke for days and weeks as the fire moves from containment to control.
The fire continues to smolder. Record low live fuel moistures with high temperatures and low relative humidity will promote rapid fire growth if a start were to occur outside the fire perimeter.

11:13 a.m. (6/30) Update:

Fire officials have announced the lifting of all evacuations and the opening of all roads in the High Park Fire area at noon today.  This includes Highway 14 in the Poudre Canyon.  Certain access and recreation restrictions will apply.

The High Park Fire is estimated at 87,284 acres, meaning the fire has not grown since June 27th. Containment is now estimated at 97 percent. The estimated containment date is Sunday, July 1st.

6:40 a.m. (6/29) Update:

Several Areas Reopened To Residents

Several areas were reopened to residents yesterday, which allowed the majority of the evacuees to return to their homes.  The areas that were reopened were:

-Rist Canyon Road, including all connecting roads, including the following subdivisions:  Pine Acres, Whale Rock, Davis Ranch, Rist Creek, Rist Canyon, Stratton Park, Spring Valley, and Tip Top Ranch.

- Laurence Creek

- Paradise Park

- Stove Prairie Road from Buckhorn Road to Bent Timber Lane

- Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000 block

Special credentials are needed to enter the Rist Canyon and Paradise Park areas. Credentials may be obtained at the road checkpoints. Residents will need identification showing their local address, or identification and another document such as a utility bill or a tax statement establishing their connection to the property. Residents of Laurence Creek should be ready to show identification at checkpoints and roadblocks.

Traffic returning to the area is expected to be heavy. Residents who live south of Rist Canyon Road are urged to enter the area from the west using Stove Prairie Road.

Fire officials plan to allow residents to enter the 12th Filing of Glacier View at noon Friday. These residents will need special credentials, which can be picked up at the roadblock on Eiger Road.

Because so many evacuees now have access to their homes, no further citizen briefings are planned.  Remaining evacuees are welcome to call the Fire Information line at (970) 498-5500.  They may also obtain information at larimer.org/emergency.

10:30 p.m. (6/28) Update:

There are 1,125 personnel assigned to the firefighting effort. Equipment resources include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 9 Type 2 hand crews, 79 engines, 9 dozers and 12 water tenders.  Air Resources include; 3 Type I (heavy) helicopters, 4 Type III (light) helicopters, fixed wing support aircraft, and available heavy air tankers.

It should be noted that “containment” means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter. ”Control” means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall. Islands of fire will continue to burn within the perimeter during the containment phase and residents should expect to see smoke for days, weeks, and even months as the fire moves from containment to control.
The fire continues to smolder and creep in steep, inaccessible areas with heavy beetle killed timber. Record low live fuel moistures with high temperatures, low relative humidity, and gusty thunderstorm winds continue to present a risk for escape.  There have been several flashflood warnings within the area. Evacuation and re-entry to subdivisions pose continuing security and trespassing safety concerns. Portions of Colorado Highway 14 remain closed, impacting access to and use of popular recreation areas.  The fire team has made many resources available for reassignment to other fires, but is keeping crews and equipment to sustain effective suppression work across the High Park Fire.

10:30 a.m. (6/28) Update:

Current Situation:

Firefighters continue making assessments with local authorities for orderly re-entry to evacuated subdivisions. Crews are removing hazard trees along main public roads.  Much of the fire shows no smoke, but substantial heat remains throughout the fire zone. Firefighters are searching out remaining hotspots throughout the fire and putting them out. Boyd Lebeda of Colorado State Forestry gave supervisors a baseball analogy: “We’ve pitched a great game – now we have to get these last outs.”

The fire team has made many resources available for reassignment to other fires, but is keeping crews and equipment to sustain effective suppression work across the High Park fire. Crews patrolled the fire throughout the night.

Planned Actions:

On all portions of the fire, line reinforcement, holding, mop-up and structure protection to maintain existing control lines will continue. The remote sensing data will be used tactically to guide firefighters to remaining heat pockets around structures and within unburned islands in the interior of the burn area. Hazard trees are being removed along public roads to allow power companies to restore electricity and meet re-entry requirements. Evacuated sub-divisions will be progressively re-opened based on public safety considerations.

Reintegration:

  • High Park Fire officials reopened Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) at 5 p.m. yesterday. All of the Glacier View subdivisions except the 12th Filing were reopened to residents. This included North Rim Road, Kelly Flats and the Deer Meadow/Hewlett Gulch areas.  The 12th Filing of Glacier View remains under evacuation.
  • Fire officials opened Hwy 14 for residents only from Missile Silo Road to Mishiwaka at noon yesterday.  This allowed Poudre Park residents access to their properties.
  • Fire officials also opened Stove Prairie Road for residents only from Stringtown Gulch Road to Buckhorn Road at noon yesterday.  Residents will not be able to access properties from Buckhorn Road or from Stove Prairie Road north of Buckhorn Road at this time.
  • Fire officials opened another section of Redstone Canyon Road at noon today.  Redstone Canyon Road is now open to residents only north to the Laurence Creek entrance gate.
  • No special passes are required, but residents should be ready to show identification at checkpoints and roadblocks. The Laurence Creek area remains under evacuation.

All residents returning to their homes need to remain vigilant and consider themselves in a pre-evacuation status until otherwise notified.

  • A large reintegration is planned for the Rist Canyon area at 5 p.m. today.  Approximately 1900 residents will be allowed back to their homes in numerous subdivisions. A citizen briefing will be held at 5 p.m. today at the Cache La Poudre Middle School, located at 3515 W. CR54G in La Porte.  Residents will need credentials to enter the area when it opens. Credentials may be obtained at the school between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.

The Rist Canyon areas to be opened are described below:

- Rist Canyon Road (and all connecting roadways) west to Stove Prairie Road.

- Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000 block of Old Flowers Road.

- Stove Prairie Road between Buckhorn Road and Bent Timber Lane.

6:00 a.m. (6/28) Update:

Areas Opened to Residents Yesterday

  • High Park Fire officials reopened Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) at 5 p.m. yesterday All of the Glacier View subdivisions except the 12th Filing were reopened to residents. This includes North Rim Road, Kelly Flats and the Deer Meadow/Hewlett Gulch areas.  The 12th Filing of Glacier View remains under evacuation.
  • Fire officials opened Hwy 14 for residents only from Missile Silo Road to Mishiwaka at noon yesterday.
  • Fire officials opened Stove Prairie Road for residents only from Stringtown Gulch Road to Buckhorn Road at noon yesterday.

Open Fire Ban in Fort Collins

Because of very dry conditions and high fire danger, on June 26th, the Fort Collins City Council approved an open fire ban as part of emergency fire restrictions. The Fort Collins ordinance gives authority to Fort Collins Police Services and Poudre Fire Authority to enforce the fire ban within city limits, and will remain in effect until lifted by the Fire Chief or the Fort Collins City Council. The open fire ban includes any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, fused explosives, fireworks and any other activity that poses a significant risk of starting a fire.

Loveland Fireworks Ban

Because an executive order from the governor and restrictions from the Larimer County Commissioners, in a special meeting Loveland’s City Council passed a ban on both the sale and use of normally-permissible personal fireworks within the city. The ban will continue until the governor’s executive order banning fireworks is rescinded. This year, a total of ten vendors submitted permit applications and fees, with one vendor setting up shop, receiving the safety inspection and opening for business on June 20. That vendor’s operation will cease immediately and like all the other vendors who applied for permits, will receive a full refund for the permit fees submitted.

7:26 p.m. (6/27) Update:

High Park Fire officials have announced the reopening of Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) at 5 p.m. today. All of the Glacier View subdivisions except the 12th Filing will be reopened to residents. This includes North Rim Road/Kelly Flats and the Deer Meadow/Hewlett Gulch areas.  Only the 12th Filing of Glacier View remains under evacuation.

No special passes are required, but residents should be ready to show identification containing their address at checkpoints and roadblocks.

Fire officials have also lifted the pre-evacuation status for the Bonner Peak subdivision, Bonner Springs Ranch, and the area bounded by CR74E, CR37, CR76H, and Hwy 287.

Residents are cautioned to remain vigilant to fire danger, and to consider themselves as remaining on a pre-evacuation status.

As crews gain containment on the High Park fire, fire managers plan to share resources with other fires along the Front Range.  “We are going to help those folks out,” said Incident Commander Beth Lund, coordinating the most effective use of resources.

The High Park fire will retain more than enough resources to meet any challenges our fire may offer.  Air Operations Director Hugh Carson said, “We will have the necessary retardant capability and aircraft to manage flare-ups.  We will continue to have dawn-to-dusk aircraft coverage over the incident.”

6:00 a.m. (6/27) Update:

SOME RESIDENTS ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME

  • Fire officials reopened a section of Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) from CR37 to Maxwell Ranch Road yesterday, which allowed a small number of residents to return to their homes.
  • Officials also reopened the Poudre Park neighborhood along Highway 14 between Manners Lane and Hewlett Gulch Road, which allowed numerous residents to return to their homes.
  • A large reintegration is planned for the Rist Canyon area at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 28th.  Several hundred residents will be allowed back to their homes in numerous neighborhoods.
  • Residents will need credentials to enter the area when it opens. To facilitate the issuance of credentials, and to avoid last minute delays, credentials may be obtained in advance at the citizen briefings.  Citizen briefings will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 27th and 28th.  The briefings will be held at the Cache La Poudre Middle School, located at 3515 W. CR54G in La Porte.  Credentials may also be obtained between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The Following Roads Recently Opened with Restricted Access:

- Hwy. 14 from Missile Silo Road to Hewlett Gulch Road (Poudre Park residents)

The Following Roads Recently Opened With No Restrictions:

- Redstone Canyon Road (CR25E) and adjoining roads, north to Christ Mountain Road

5:51 p.m. (6/26) Update:

High Park Fire officials have reopened the Poudre Park neighborhood, located on Highway 14 between Manners Lane and Hewlett Gulch Road.  Residents are allowed to return using their previously issued credentials.

Highway 14 remains restricted to credentialed residents only from Missile Silo Road (CR29C) to Hewlett Gulch Road.  Highway 14 is closed to all traffic west of Hewlett Gulch Road.

Residents are cautioned to remain vigilant to fire danger, and to consider themselves as remaining on a pre-evacuation status.

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4:09 p.m. (6/26) Update:

Residents living along North Redstone Canyon Road (CR25E), up to and including Christ Mountain Road, Clear Ridge Road, Roan Mountain Road, Red Canyon Ranch Road and roads running off of Red Canyon Ranch Road may return home beginning at 3:00 p.m. today and will not need special passes. This area will remain on pre-evacuation status, so please continue to be on alert for an evacuation should fire conditions worsen. Please use caution driving in this area, as firefighters continue to work the fire.

1:00 p.m (6/26) Update:

Section of Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) Reopened

A section of Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) from CR37 west to Maxwell Ranch Road has been reopened and residents may return to the area without the need for credentials.  Five reverse notifications have been sent out by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) is currently open from Hwy 287 to the Maxwell Ranch Road.  This is also known as the Lone Pine Trailhead parking area, and is located at Mile Marker 8.

Current Situation

“We had a very good day” (Monday), said Operations Chief Kole Berriochoa. The north fire edge by Hewlett Gulch did not waver in 43 mph gusts. In the center of the fire, a few trees torched (caught fire to their tops), but most fire activity was moderate. Overnight Sunday, the southwest corner of the fire toward Pingree Park burned down slopes to Forest Road 135, where crews successfully held their prepared lines on Monday. Firefighters have now “tied in,” or created defensible line, for that portion of the line.

Although operations went successfully Monday, near-record low fuel moistures, high temperatures, low relative humidity, and gusty winds near thunderstorms can contribute to active fire growth. Operations Chief Jeff Surber reminded, “There’s still a lot of heat out there, a lot of heat near the line” (near burnable materials). Trees and grass remain as dry as they ever have been during the fire, and mosses and lichens are burning on granite rock.

Structures Damaged:

The total of homes destroyed to date is 257, which is an increase from the previous report of 248. It should be noted that these homes burned earlier in the course of the fire, but have only now been confirmed as lost.  Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as that information becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first.  As more assessments are made and information becomes available, residents will be notified.  Areas still evacuated are being evaluated to determine when residents may re-enter.  Factors being considered before lifting an evacuation include fire activity, utility repair, emergency traffic in the area, and road hazards such as falling rocks and trees.  Formal assessment of structures is a methodical process and will continue for at least a couple of weeks.  Some areas are still inaccessible due to fire activity and road hazards.

Reintegration:

  • Fire officials are hopeful of allowing residents to return to the Redstone Canyon area this evening (6/26/12).  Residents should attend the citizens briefing to confirm this access and to obtain credentials.
  • Fire officials are targeting a Thursday (6/28/12) return date for residents of the Rist Canyon area.  Residents should attend the citizens briefing(s) to confirm the progress of this reintegration effort.
  • All residents returning to their homes need to remain vigilant and consider themselves in a pre-evacuation status until otherwise notified.

7:00 a.m (6/26) Update:

Fort Collins Considers Ban on Open Fires

Because of very dry conditions and high fire danger, the Fort Collins City Council will consider an emergency ordinance at tomorrow’s Council Meeting that would ban all open burning throughout city limits.  The City Council Meeting will take place Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 300 Laporte Avenue.

If passed, the ordinance, in combination with the City’s existing ban on private fireworks, would reinforce the regulations outlined in a similar Executive Order sign last week by Governor Hickenlooper, which bans open burning and private use of fireworks throughout Colorado. The City of Fort Collins ordinance would give authority to Fort Collins Police Services and Poudre Fire Authority to enforce the fire ban within city limits. The ban applies to all open fires in Natural Areas, but does not apply to open fires constructed within permanent fire pits or fire grates within City parks.

6:00 a.m (6/26) Update:

RED FLAG WARNING TODAY

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today (Tuesday 6/26/2012) from 12 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dry lightning, gusty thunderstorms, winds and very low relative humidity are anticipated

WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORY

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council have issued an OZONE ACTION DAY ALERT yesterday for the Front Range Urban Corridor from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld counties, including the Denver-Boulder area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Greeley.

WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORIES are now in effect until 4:00 pm today for Larimer County (including Fort Collins and Loveland) Weld County (including Greeley), and El Paso County including all of Colorado Springs.

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9:40 p.m (6/25) Update:

The High Park Fire is estimated at 83,262 acres with 55% containment. Tuesday the northern portion of the fire will continue with line construction, reinforcement and structure protection as necessary. The radio telemetry data will be utilized to focus mop-up operations within and around the structures and unburned islands in the interior of the burn area.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Tuesday 6/26/2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dry lightning, gusty thunderstorms, winds and very low relative humidity are anticipated

12:30 p.m. (6/25) Update:

Residents of Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes are asked to use Cherokee Park Road (CR 80C) to access their residences as County Road 74E is closed at Mile Marker 1.  However, residents can go south on Boy Scout Ranch Road to Hwy 14 and go west on Hwy 14.

Reintegration

  • Portions of Redstone Canyon, Buckskin Heights and the Stringtown Gulch area are being evaluated for potential re-entry Monday evening. No details are available yet. Residents are encouraged to attend the 5 p.m. Citizens Briefing.
  • The team is also evaluating Rist Canyon and Poudre Canyon. More information is expected in the next couple days, targeting Thursday depending on fire conditions.

Residents of some neighborhoods will need to provide identification with proof of address in order to receive credentials allowing them into the area. These credentials can be obtained at the road block. One form may be filled out to gain access for multiple vehicles, however, do not show up at road blocks expecting to gain access to property without proper identification.

Evacuation Information

PRE-evacuation notifications sent to residents along Colorado Highway 14 from the Pingree Park Road on 6/19, west to Glen Echo (mile marker 90), and north on CR69 to Goodell Corner. The pre-evacuation notice was issued in response to a new spot fire north of Highway 14 along the northwest fire perimeter. The Shoreline Drive area is also in a pre-evacuation.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the following areas:

  • At 11:53 p.m. on 6/22 Fire officials issued PRE-evacuation orders for the Bonner Peak area, including the area from Springs Ranch Road on Hwy 287, north to CR76H, west to CR37, south to CR74E, south to CR74E and back east to Hwy 287.
  • At 7:43 p.m. on 6/22 Fire officials issued evacuation orders for residents along County Road 74E from Hewlett Gulch Road east to County Road 37. (6 contacts) -At 7:15 p.m. Fire officials issued an immediate evacuation along Highway 14 from Hewlett Rd and Wild River Rd, east on Hwy 14 to include Falls Creek Dr, all of Poudre Park, Wonderful Place, Ray Shoaf Lane and east to Manners Lane. This includes all homes addressed on the north and south sides of Hwy 14 between Hewlett Rd and Manners Ln. Evacuees are asked to go to Cache la Poudre Middle School and use 80c as the egress road. (159 contacts)
  • An evacuation order was issued at 2 p.m. on 6/22 for all of Glacier View, including Kelly Flats Road. This includes all residents of Glacier View filings 1-8, homes north of County Road 74E to include Green Mountain Dr, Mount Axtell Dr., Mount Moriah Rd., Mount Simon Dr., and all connecting roadways in that area. Residents should evacuate to the Cache la Poudre Middle School at 3515 West County Road 54G LaPorte, CO. (733 contacts)
  • Mandatory evacuation orders were issued on 6/17 for residents in the Hewlett Gulch subdivision area. The area runs from the Glacier View 9-12 filings (already evacuated) east to the Hewlett Gulch Trail, north to CR 74E and south to HWY 14.
  • An evacuation order for the 9th, 10th and 11th filings of Glacier View, to include the area west from Eiger Road to Rams Horn Mountain Road and north from the Mount Blanc Guardian Peak area to the north end of Mount Everest Drive, was issued. Evacuations were also ordered along Many Thunders Road and south into the 12th Filing of Glacier View. The road block is located at Eiger and Many Thunders Mountain Road. An additional roadblock is located at Green Mountain Drive at CR 74E.
  • Pingree Park Road, Hourglass and Comanche reservoirs, east on Buckhorn Road up to and including Pennock Pass, NE to junction with Stove Prairie and Hwy 14; West to junction with Highway 15 and Pingree Park Road
  • County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) from County Road 27 to Pennock Pass and residents to the south approximately 3/4 – 1 mile.
  • Areas south and west of Bellvue to include the Lory State Park area, the Redstone Canyon area and Buckhorn Road up to the Stove Prairie School.
  • Poudre Canyon from MM111 to MM114 on Highway 14. (Stove Prairie to Hewlett Gulch Trail)
  • The area between CR 27E and Stove Prairie Road and south through the entire Rist Canyon area including Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road.
  • South on County Road 44H 3 miles to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road, Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road.
  • Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road.
  • Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off it.
  • Otter Road off of CR 27 (Roadblock at 9533 Otter Road)
  • Satanka Cove

5:30 a.m. (6/25) Update:

More Homes Destroyed
The total of homes destroyed to date is 248 which is an increase from the previous report of 191. The additional 57 homes lost were in the Glacier View/Hewlett Gulch area. Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as that information becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first.

Red Flag Warning Issued For Today
Red Flag Warning has been issued for today (Monday June 25, 2012) from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Temperatures will be 84 to 95 degrees with relative humidity of 10 to 15 percent. Winds are forecast to be 10 to 15 mph.

Wildfire Health Advisory

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council issued an OZONE ACTION DAY ALERT yesterday for the Front Range Urban Corridor from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld counties, including the Denver-Boulder area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Greeley. Due to significant smoke production from the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins, WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORIES are now in effect until 4:00 pm today (Monday) for Larimer County (including Fort Collins and Loveland) Weld County (including Greeley).

Local Fire Departments Need Your Help

The Rist Canyon, Glacier View and Poudre Canyon Volunteer Fire Departments are looking for donations to help defray the costs of firefighters assigned to the High Park Fire. To make a donation, please visit their websites at:

Road Closures:

Red Feather Lakes Road (74E) is closed from 287 to Boy Scout Ranch Road (68C).  Residents only can make it to MM1 on 74E.

Residents of Red Feather Lakes can travel west by taking 68C to 69 and west on Hwy 14.  Red Feather residents can travel east by taking 67J (Prairie Drive) north to 80C (Cherokee Park Rd).  These are windy dirt roads and it should be noted that 82E is a jeep road.

Hwy 14 is open from Ted’s place to 29C.  Beyond 29C, Hwy 14 is open to King’s Canyon Road for residents only.  Hwy 14 is closed to everyone from King’s Canyon Road to Gould.

Shooting Restrictions

Due to unusually hot and dry conditions the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP) are under Stage II fire restrictions as well as a recreational shooting closure.

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9:58 p.m. (6/24) Update:

Sunday crews continued to reinforce line, mop up and work structure protection throughout the fire. Firefighters feel fairly secure about the north side of the fire in the Glacier View area; however, this will continue to be a focus tomorrow. The southwest portion of the fire remains an area of concern. Fire was backing down there today and got pretty aggressive. Firefighters added fire in the area to work it to their advantage, but now large scale burning out took place. There were spot fires, but crews caught them Sunday.

11:58 a.m. (6/24) Update:

Fire officials have issued an all-clear for residents on Kings Canyon Rd, Unger Mountain Rd, Smith Bridge Rd, Manners Ln, and residents living on Hwy 14 from Kings Canyon Rd west to the Grey Rock Trail Head.  Residents will need to show identification with proof of address at the Hwy 14/County Rd 29C roadblock in order to obtain a pass to enter the area.  Passes will be issued starting at noon today, June 24th. Residents are reminded to drive with caution in the area as fire crews continue to work the fire.
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8:18pm (6/23) Update:

The High Park Fire is estimated at 81,190 acres with 45 percent containment. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $27.6 million dollars. There are 1923 fire personnel and that number will increase as additional resources arrive today.  In addition there are 13 Type 1 hand crews, 22 Type 2 hand crews, 135 engines, 11 dozers and 27 water tenders. Air Resourcesinclude 6 Type 1 helicopters, 3 Type 2 helicopters, 6 Type 3 helicopters, 5 heavy air tankers, and fixed wing support aircraft.
Additional emergency evacuations were ordered to include all residents of filings 1 through 8 in Glacier View, homes north of County Rd 74E to include Green Mountain Dr., Mount Axtell Dr., Mount Moriah Rd., Mount Simon Dr. and all connecting roadways in that area. An additional evacuation was issued along Highway 14 from Hewlett Rd. and Wild River Rd., east on Hwy 14 to include Falls Creek Dr, all of Poudre Park, Wonderful Place, Ray Shoal Lane and east to Manners Lane. This includes all homes addressed on the north and south sides of Hwy 14 between Hewlett Rd and Manners Ln. Fire officials also included an emergency evacuation order for residents along County Road 74E from Hewlett Gulch Road east to County Road 37. Residents should evacuate to Cache La Poudre middle school at 3515 W. CR54G in Laporte.
Fire officials have ordered a pre-evacuation notice to Bonner Peak Subdivision, including Springs Ranch Rd.  The pre-evacuation is also for County Road 74E from the junction of Hwy 287, west to include County Road 37, north to include County Road 76H, east to Hwy 287 and south to County Road 74E. All residents need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Residents of Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes are asked to use Cherokee Park Road (CR 80C) to access their residences as County Road 74E is closed at Mile Marker 1. However, residents can go south on Boy Scout Ranch Road to Hwy. 14 and go west on Hwy 14.
The newly established fire north of the Poudre Canyon, burned actively and is threatening numerous subdivisions.  Additional ordered resources and existing incident resources were redirected to this portion of the fire, which was the priority for aviation resources.  A radio telemetry helicopter is scheduled to arrive this evening and it will be utilized to locate residual heat in the unburned islands in the interior of the fire and to allow focused operations to protect homes in the interior of the burn.  The fire spread actively in the southwest corner of the fire.  Actions included structure protection, holding, and burnout operations as the fire progressed to the W and SW.  A Red Flag Warning was in effect through 2000 hours today and an additional Red Flag Warning was issued for tomorrow starting at 10:00 A.M.
The Rist Canyon, Glacier View and Poudre Canyon Volunteer Fire Departments are looking for donations to help defray the costs of firefighters assigned to the High Park Fire. To make a donation, please visit their websites at:
  • Glacier View Fire -www.glacierviewfiredept.com
  • Rist Canyon Fire – www.rcvfd.org
  • Poudre Canyon Fire -www.poudrecanyonfpd.org (Website is temporarily unavailable.) Contributions may be made to Cache La Poudre Fire & Emergency Group, P.O. Box 952, Laporte, CO 80535
Fire Behavior:
The spot fire in Glacier View is estimated to be 10,000 acres or 15.6 square miles. With hot, dry conditions and wind gusts to 35 mph, the spots became established in dry fuels and made an aggressive push to the northeast. Structure protection resources activated sprinklers before being forced to move back to a safe area due to fire intensity. All available resources were shifted to the area north of Poudre Canyon to assist with fire suppression efforts. Last night, with the assistance of heavy equipment and existing roads, crews were able to line the fire area on the north tying it into the Hewlett Fire on the east. Today crews will work to strengthen this north line while also securing the east and south sides of the fire area north of Highway 14.
Around the main fire perimeter, south of Poudre Canyon, crews will continue to secure containment lines on the southeast and west flanks. Structure protection resources will continue to work the unburned islands within the interior looking for and extinguishing any hotspots that are found. Heavy air tankers and helicopters began working at 8:00 this morning in support of ground crews.
The fire has become established north of the Poudre River, spreading to the N and E, and is threatening numerous subdivisions.  Large, unburned interior islands continue to pose threats to homes on the interior of the fire.  The fire continues to spread west into steep, inaccessible areas with beetle killed timber on the west and northwest portions of the fire. A long term planning group is continuing to assess and develop contingencies.  The burn area is located within a watershed that supplies several municipalities; portions of CO Highway 14 remain closed, with impacts to access and use of popular recreation areas; Potential long term impacts from the fire include evacuations, security needs, air quality, and recreation use. There was observed aggressive flanking fire up slope and into the wind on the SW part of the fire. There was single and group tree torching with short duration crown runs as fuels responded to warmer and drier conditions.  Rollout continued along the Poudre Canyon and westerly winds greatly influenced fire behavior to the east.
Weather:
A Red Flag Warning began at noon Friday, continuing through Sunday evening. Fire activity is expected to increase during the Red Flag Warning. Temperatures will be 80 to 95 degrees with relative humidity at 6 to 12 percent.
Structures Damaged:
The total of homes destroyed to date is 191.  An unconfirmed preliminary report indicates that 4 to 10 more structures may be destroyed with the increase in fire activity. The number of structures and outbuildings reported lost may increase as official verifications and confirmations are completed.
Field assessments are being conducted to determine the extent of fire spread, values at risk, and appropriate actions.  The number of structures and outbuildings reported lost may increase as official verifications and confirmations are completed.  Official assessments and confirmations of lost structures from yesterday’s fire activity have been unable to be conducted due to active fire behavior today. Large, unburned interior islands continue to pose threats to homes on the interior of the fire.
Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as that information becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. As more assessments are made and information becomes available, residents will be notified.  Areas still evacuated are being evaluated to determine when residents may re-enter. Factors being considered before lifting an evacuation include fire activity, utility repair, emergency traffic in the area, and road hazards such as falling rocks and trees.  Formal assessment of structures is a methodical process and will continue for at least a couple of weeks. Some areas are still inaccessible due to fire activity and road hazards.
Resident Information (Meetings, Evacuation Notices and Evacuation Lift Notices):
The daily citizen briefing has been changed to 5:00 p.m. at The Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Blvd.
Road Closure Information:
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office now has a webpage dedicated to road closures due to the High Park Fire. Visit the link http://larimersheriff.org/site-page/high-park-fire-road-information for more information.
Photo and Video Links:
Photos and Video from the National Guard of the High Park Fire are available at the following sites:
Additional Information/Resources:
Larimer County has opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall.  The center is open Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building.  For more information, please visit their website at http://www.safety.colostate.edu.
There will be a 9:30 a.m. media briefing tomorrow at the Atmospheric Science building, 3915 W. Laporte Avenue in Fort Collins.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone during the day and evening, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @ larimersheriff or Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Find out if your loved ones are safe here (United Way Safe and Well Registry):
For the latest updated map of the High Park Fire, check out this link: http://larimer.org/highparkfire/highpark_0622_2236.pdf
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org.
For Public Health Advisories regarding wildfires, see “Wildfires and Your Health” at http://www.larimer.org/health/

1:24 p.m. (6/23) Update:

The High Park Fire has grown and is estimated at 75,537 acres with 45%  containment. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $25.5  million dollars. There are 1879 fire personnel and that number will  increase as additional resources arrive today.  In addition there are 13  Type 1 hand crews, 22 Type 2 hand crews, 135 engines, 11 dozers and 27  water tenders. Air Resourcesinclude 6 Type 1 helicopters, 3 Type 2  helicopters, 6 Type 3 helicopters, 5 heavy air tankers, and fixed wing  support aircraft.

12:04 a.m. (6/23) Update:

As of this morning containment remains at only 45% after significant growth last night. Previously the fire was 60% contained. 69,543 acres are now estimated to be destroyed by the fire and this weekends weather is not looking to promising with an extremely warm forecast. There is a slight chance for thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon.
High Park Fire officials have ordered a pre-evacuation notice to  Bonner Peak Subdivision, including Springs Ranch Rd. The pre-evacuation  is also for County Road 74E from the junction of Hwy 287, west to  include County Road 37, north to include County Road 76H, east to Hwy  287 and south to County Road 74E. This is a pre-evacuation. All  residents need to be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice. 235  emergency notifications sent.
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10:41 p.m. (6/22) Update:

The fire has grown as of Friday night and containment has dropped from 60% to 45% as the fire spreads north and has burned more structures.

6:42 p.m. (6/22) Update:

Sheriff’s Office confirms homes burning in Glacier View’s 12th filing.
Residents of Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes need to use Cherokee Park Road (CR 80C) to access their residences as County Road 74E is closed at Mile Marker 9 from Hwy. 287 to the Boy Scout Ranch Road.
Friday afternoon the northwest corner of the fire again crossed the Poudre River near the Narrows. Low humidity and winds carried the fire through flashy fuels, inlcuding sagebrush, up steep northwest slopes causing additional evacuations (see evacuations portion below). Hwy 14 is now reclosing east of Gould.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 8 p.m. Saturday.

4:22 p.m. (6/22) Update:

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation Center at Cache La Poudre middle school, 3515 W CR54G in LaPorte.

3:15 p.m. (6/22) Update: More evacuations

Additional emergency evacuations have been ordered to include all residents of filings 1 through 8 in Glacier View, homes north of County Rd 74E to include Green Mountain Dr., Mount Axtell Dr., Mount Moriah Rd., Mount Simon Dr. and all connecting roadways in that area. Residents should evacuate to the Ranch on I-25 and Crossroads Blvd.
There has been an additional 612 emergency evacuation notifications sent for a total of 733.

2:47 p.m. (6/22) Update:

Due to increased winds that caused several spot fires, officials have ordered an immediate evacuation of the area of Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roadways in that subdivision.  In addition, for all residents on North Rim Road and the small roads running off of North Rim Road, to include Hidden Canyon Dr., Willow Mountain Ct., Elkhorn House Rd. and Deep Cut Rd. should evacuate to the Ranch on I-25 and Crossroads Blvd.
There have been 121 emergency notifications sent for this evacuation.

12:00 p.m. (6/22) Update:

Due to extremely dry and windy conditions on National Forest System (NFS) lands along the front range, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials are increasing fire restrictions to Stage II for the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP).
Under Stage II fire restrictions the following acts are prohibited:
•       No open fire, except when using a petroleum stove, grill, or lantern with a buffer cleared of all vegetation on all sides for at least three feet.
•       Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
•       Owning or using fireworks or other pyrotechnic device.
•       Using an explosive.
•       Using any internal or external combustion engine (including chainsaws) without a spark arresting device properly working.
•       Possessing or using a vehicle off National Forest System Roads, except when parking in areas completely cleared of all vegetation and operating a vehicle as described in a valid ARP Motor Vehicle Use Map.
•       Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
•       Discharge of a firearm, except when possessing a valid Colorado hunting license while lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game during the appropriate season.

11:00 a.m. (6/22) Update:

Evacuations
Residents of Poudre Park were allowed to return on Thursday, 6/21/2012, at 12:00 pm (noon). Credentials are required and must be obtained at the checkpoint at Highway 14 and County Road 29C or at The Ranch. This evacuation lift does NOT include Unger Mountain Road, Falls Gulch Road and King’s Canyon Road (Boyd Gulch Road)
For residents who have evacuated livestock and large animals that are currently housed at The Ranch, there will be a follow-up meeting on Friday, June 22, 2012 at The Ranch inside of the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena in the grandstands. The meeting will be at 5:15 p.m.
The Ranch Staff, Larimer County Sheriff’s Posse, Larimer Humane Society and CSU Ambulatory Vets will be available to answer questions regarding logistics and operations. They will also discuss follow-up items from the previous meeting.
Local Fire Departments Need Help
The Rist Canyon, Glacier View and Poudre Canyon Volunteer Fire Departments are looking for donations to help defray the costs of firefighters assigned to the High Park Fire.  To make a donation, please visit their websites at:

6:00 a.m. (6/22) Update:

For residents who have evacuated livestock and large animals that are currently housed at The Ranch, there will be a follow-up meeting on Friday, June 22, 2012 at The Ranch inside of the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena in the grandstands. The meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. The Ranch Staff, Larimer County Sheriff’s Posse, Larimer Humane Society and CSU Ambulatory Vets will be available to answer questions regarding logistics and operations. They will also discuss follow-up items from the previous meeting.
Daily citizen briefings will continue to be held at 3:00 p.m. at The Ranch.
Red Flag Warning
A Red Flag warning has been issued from noon on Friday, June 22 through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday June 23, 2012 and marks the beginning of a three-day trend for high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.  Within the interior, structure protection remains in place and crews will continue to look for and extinguish any hotspots that are found near structures and along the perimeter of the unburned islands.  Structure protection also remains in place for the communities of Glacier View and Rustic.
More Homes Destroyed
The total of homes destroyed to date increased by 2 for a total of 191 homes.  This increase is a result of identifying homes in Whale Rock and Stove Prairie that had not previously been identified in the initial assessment.  It is anticipated that this number could go up once the final assessment is complete.  There have been no homes destroyed due to burn out operations.
Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as that information becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first.  As more assessments are made and information becomes available, residents will be notified by subdivision at the daily citizen briefings.  Areas still evacuated are being evaluated to determine when residents may re-enter.  Factors being considered before lifting an evacuation include fire activity, utility repair, emergency traffic in the area, and road hazards such as falling rocks and trees.  Formal assessment of structures is a methodical process and will continue for at least a couple of weeks.  Some areas are still inaccessible due to fire activity and road hazards.
Evacuations
  • Fire officials issued an all-clear for Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon Estates effective at 10 am on Wednesday, June 20th. All residents are asked to remain on alert.  If fire conditions worsen, this area may be required to evacuate again.  Power has been restored to this area.
  • Fire officials also issued an all-clear for the Hewlett Gulch area, effective at Wednesday, June 20th at 12:15 p.m. that is south and east of McNay Hill, south of County Road 74E, which includes Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area.  We are asking residents in this area to please stay off roadways between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. when fire crews are changing shifts so that roadways are open to allow for the shift change to be completed.  This evacuation lift does NOT include the 9th-12th Filings of Glacier View, which is still under a mandatory evacuation.
  • Residents in the area south of Horsetooth have been allowed back in.  This is Milner Ranch Road to Gindler Ranch.  This is NOT to be confused with the Stratton Park area, which is still under evacuation.
  • A   A spot fire in the NW corner of the fire (over Poudre Canyon Road/HWY 14) triggered a Pre-Evacuation for the Rustic area on Tuesday.  Fire officials have issued a new pre-evacuation order for the area of Hwy 14 from the Pingree Park Road west to approximately mile marker 90, just west of the Glen Echo Resort.  Residents in this area need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  This includes a road called Rustic Road, which runs south off of Hwy 14 (just west of Glen Echo).  Residents in this area need to evacuate west on Hwy 14 to Walden, if a mandatory evacuation becomes necessary.
  • Residents of Poudre Park were allowed to return today after 12:00 pm (noon). Credentials are still required and must be obtained at the checkpoint at Highway 14 and County Road 29C.  A mandatory meeting for all Poudre Park residents was held at the fire station/community center at 7 p.m. tonight, 6/21/2012 and the reintegration process was discussed.  NOTE: This evacuation lift does NOT include Unger Mountain Road, Falls Gulch Road and King’s Canyon Road (Boyd Gulch Road)

4:55 p.m. (6/21) Update:

The Monday-Friday hours of operation at Larimer County’s High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins will change as of Monday, June 25, 2012. Weekend hours will remain the same.
New hours are as follows effective Monday 6/25/12:
  • Monday- Friday, 9am-6pm (formerly 7am-7pm)
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9am-3pm (same)
Daily citizen briefings will continue to be held at 3:00 p.m. at The Ranch in Loveland.

11:38 a.m. (6/21) Update:

Fire officials have issued an all-clear for residents living from Poudre Park east along Hwy 14 to Gateway Park. Residents receiving this message may return home after noon today, June 21st. Residents will need to obtain credentials at the checkpoint on Hwy 14 and County Rd 29C by showing proper identification in order to access the area.  A mandatory meeting will be held at the Poudre Park Community Center, 10000 W Hwy 14 at 7pm tonight. Please use caution driving to this area, as firefighters are still in the area. (164 notifications sent).

10:30 a.m. (6/21) Update:

Residents of Poudre Park will be allowed to return today (Thursday, 6/21/2012), after 12:00 pm (noon). Credentials will be required and must be obtained at the checkpoint at Highway 14 and County Road 29C.  A mandatory meeting for all Poudre Park residents will be held at the fire station or community center (depending on the number of attendees) at 7 p.m. tonight, 6/21/2012. The reintegration process will be discussed at that time.   NOTE: This evacuation lift does NOT include Unger Mountain Road, Falls Gulch Road and King’s Canyon Road (Boyd Gulch Road)
Utility companies are working in areas to re-establish power where it is safe to do so.  They will be in areas where they can make permanent fixes, not in areas where there are evacuations or high fire activity.
Weather
Today’s weather will provide favorable conditions for fire suppression efforts.  Temperatures will range from 78 to 85 degrees with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.  Relative humidity of 15 to 20 percent is expected on the west side of the fire with slightly higher humidity to the east.  A fire weather watch is in effect for Friday from noon until 10:00 p.m.  Hot and dry weather is expected for Friday through the weekend.
(Meetings, Evacuation Notices and Evacuation Lift Notices):
1.            Daily citizen briefings will continue to be held at 3:00 p.m. at The Ranch
2.            A mandatory meeting for all Poudre Park residents will be held at the fire station or community center (depending on the number of attendees) at 7 p.m. tonight, 6/21/2012
3.            Residents of the Upper Poudre Canyon will have a meeting this afternoon at 12:00 noon at the Poudre Canyon Chapel.
4.            Fire officials issued an all-clear for Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon Estates effective at 10 am yesterday, June 20th.  All residents are asked to remain on alert.  If fire conditions worsen, this area may be required to evacuate again.  Power has been restored to this area.
5.            Fire officials also issued an all-clear for the Hewlett Gulch area (effective at 12:15 p.m. yesterday) that is south and east of McNay Hill, south of County Road 74E, which includes Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area.  We are asking residents in this area to please stay off roadways between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. when fire crews are changing shifts so that roadways are open to allow for the shift change to be completed.  This evacuation lift does NOT include the 9th-12th Filings of Glacier View, which is still under a mandatory evacuation.
6.            Residents in the area south of Horsetooth have been allowed back in.  This is Milner Ranch Road to Gindler Ranch. This is NOT to be confused with the Stratton Park area, which is still under evacuation.
7.            A spot fire in the NW corner of the fire (over Poudre Canyon Road/HWY 14) triggered a Pre-Evacuation for the Rustic area on Tuesday.  Fire officials have issued a new pre-evacuation order for the area of Hwy 14 from the Pingree Park Road west to approximately mile marker 90, just west of the Glen Echo Resort.  Residents in this area need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  This includes a road called Rustic Road, which runs south off of Hwy 14 (just west of Glen Echo). Residents in this area need to evacuate west on Hwy 14 to Walden, if a mandatory evacuation becomes necessary.

5:30 a.m. (6/21) Update:

Evacuations
Fire officials issued an all-clear for Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon Estates effective at 10 am today, June 20th.  All residents are asked to remain on alert.  If fire conditions worsen, this area may be required to evacuate again.  Power has been restored to this area. ** (301 notifications sent).
Fire officials issued an all-clear for the Hewlett Gulch area (effective at 12:15 p.m.) that is south and east of McNay Hill, south of County Road 74E, which includes Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area.  This evacuation lift does NOT include the 9th-12th Filings of Glacier View, which is still under a mandatory evacuation.
Residents in the area south of Horsetooth have been allowed back in.  This is Milner Ranch Road to Gindler Ranch. The Stratton Park area, which is still under evacuation.
Weather allowing, residents of Poudre Park will be allowed to return today (Thursday, 6/21) after 12 pm (noon). Credentials will be required and may be obtained at the checkpoint at Highway 14 and 29C.  A mandatory meeting for all Poudre Park residents will be held at the fire station or community center at 7 p.m. tomorrow night, 6/21/2012. The reintegration process will be discussed at that time. NOTE: THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE UNGER MOUNTAIN ROAD, FALLS GULCH ROAD AND KING’S CANYON ROAD (Boyd Gulch Road).
Loveland To Discuss Fireworks
Because of current fire dangers, an executive order by Gov. Hickenlooper and an expanded restriction by the Larimer County Commissioners, Loveland City Council has called a special public meeting next Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the City’s ordinances regarding personal fireworks.
Townsquare Media at High Park Fire Donations Collection Center Tonight
The High Park Fire Donations Collection Center has opened in the Foothills Fashion Mall in the space that used to be  Mervyn’s. Larimer County partnered with Adventist Community Services Disaster Response to open the  Collection Center, which is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you you would like to help, you can drop off items.  If you have been affected by the fire and need help, you can pick up items. Townsquare staff will be at the Distribution Center today (Thursday) from 4 to 7 p.m. for a live broadcast and to do a little volunteering too! Items needed include: diapers, wipes, personal hygiene items, new packaged underwear, non-perishable foods, animal foods, new bedding, laundry and cleaning supplies, large trash cans and bags, work gloves, new shovels and rakes, N-95 masks, laundry baskets, first aid kits, lip balm, sun screen, refillable water bottles, backpacks, and cash donations. Please NO used clothing or bottled water.
Rocky Mountain National Park Bans All Fires In Park
Rocky Mountain National Park officials have announced a ban on all fires within the park. The ban is in effect until further notice, according to a news release. Campfires, including charcoal fires, are not allowed anywhere in the park. Petroleum-fueled stoves and grills are still allowed in designated back-country campsites, developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking is also prohibited, except in cars, parking lots or developed areas that are cleared of flammable materials at least 3 feet in diameter.
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12:30 p.m. (6/20) Update:

Fire officials have issued an all-clear for the area in Glacier View that is south and east of McNay Hill, south of County Road 74E, which includes Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area. Residents may return home, however, we are asking that between the hours of 4pm and 5pm, when fire crews are changing shifts, that residents stay off the roadways to allow the shift change to be completed. (95 notifications sent)

11 a.m. (6/20) Update:

** Fire officials have issued an all-clear for Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon Estates effective at 10:00 am today, June 20th. Residents will need to show identification to gain access to the area. All residents are asked to remain on alert. If fire conditions worsen, this area may be required to evacuate again. Power has been restored to this area. ** (301 notifications sent).
Residents in area south of Horsetooth have been allowed back in. This is the Milner Ranch Road to Gindler Ranch. This is NOT to be confused with the Stratton Park area, which is still under evacuation.
1,911 personnel are working on the fire with a 24-hour work schedule in place. 17 helicopters are assisting ground crews and supporting suppression and any necessary medical evacuation efforts. Emphasis is on structure protection throughout the fire area and is still a high priority.
Night shift crews reported that the fire burned actively on the west flank.  Firefighters have held the fire along Pingree Park Road with the exception of a 5 to 10 acre spot, which they are currently working on to contain.  Today crews will work to hold the fire along Pingree Park Road on the west flank as well as containing the spot fire, near Sheep Mountain, north of Poudre Canyon.  On the southeast flank, crews will work on line construction in the Redstone Canyon area.  Other priorities include holding the fire south of the Poudre Canyon and north of Buckhorn Road.

9 a.m. (6/20) Update:

The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $17.2 million dollars.
A WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORY is in effect for areas downwind of the High Park Fire due to moderate to heavy smoke. Valid until 10 AM today (Wednesday).
A spot fire in the NW corner of the fire (over Poudre Canyon Road/HWY 14) triggered a Pre-Evacuation for the Rustic area. Fire officials have issued a new pre-evacuation order for the area of Hwy 14 from the Pingree Park Road west to approximately mile marker 90, just west of the Glen Echo Resort. Residents in this area need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This includes a road called Rustic Road, which runs south off of Hwy 14 (just west of Glen Echo). If residents need to evacuate, they will go west on Hwy 14 to Walden. (95 Notifications sent)
Utility companies are working in areas to re-establish power where it is safe to do so. They will be in areas where they can make permanent fixes, not in areas where there is a re-evacuation or high fire activity.
HIGH PARK FIRE MEETINGS
  • A Glacier View Informational meeting will be held tonight Wednesday, June 20th, at 7:00 p.m. at 1417 Green Mountain Drive, Gate 8 in Glacier View.
  • For residents who have evacuated livestock and large animals that are currently housed at The Ranch, there will be two informational meetings tonight at The Ranch inside of the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena in the grandstands. The first meeting will be at 4:00 P.M. and again at 6:00 P.M. for those who can’t make the 4:00 P.M. meeting.
COMMISSIONERS TIGHTEN FIRE RESTRICTIONS
Larimer County Commissioners have added additional fire restrictions on Open Fires, Contained Open Fires and the Sale and Use of Fireworks and Public Fireworks Displays for the unincorporated areas of Larimer County through September 30, 2012.
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6:44 p.m. (6/19) Update:

The High Park Fire is now estimated to be be 55% contained as of Tuesday evening and it has burned 59,845 acres. Temperatures should be just a bit cooler on Wednesday, but some gusty winds are expected Tuesday night.
There will be a Glacier View resident informational meeting tomorrow, (Wednesday) June 20th, at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will take place at 1417 Green Mountain Drive, Gate 8.

10:32 a.m. (6/19) Update:

Today’s predicted weather will provide a challenge for firefighters.  Structure protection and mitigation around homes remains the top priority within and adjacent to the fire.  Mitigation around structures well outside the fire area will continue as a precaution in the event that the fire continues to grow.
Containment lines on the east flank of the fire continue to hold.  On the north and south flanks, firefighters will continue to work to hold the fire between Buckhorn Road and Poudre Canyon.  Good progress is being made on containment lines on the southeast edge where the fire crossed the line on Sunday.  To the west of the fire, contingency lines along Pingree Park Road and Forest Road 135 are being improved and will be used in the event that the fire pushes to the west.
Weather:
A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect today until 9:00 p.m.  Strong winds combined with a very dry air mass will result in critical fire weather once again.  Relative humidity will run 5-9 percent.  Winds will be light in the morning then increase throughout the day as a front pushes through the area.  On the west side of the fire, west/southwest winds will shift to the west/northwest with gusts to 35 MPH.  On the east/northeast side winds will shift to the southeast with gusts 20-30 MPH.  As the winds meet over the fire area, dynamic swirling and possible whirlwinds are expected this afternoon.

9:32 a.m. (6/19) Update:

Pre-Evacuation Fire officials have issued a pre-evacuation order for the area of Hwy 14 from the Pingree Park Road west to approximately mile marker 90, just west of the Glen Echo Resort. Residents in this area need to be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice. Again, this is a pre-evacuation and all residents in this area need to be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice. This includes a road called Rustic Road, which runs south off of Hwy 14 (just west of Glen Echo). IF residents need to evacuate, they will need to go west on Hwy 14 to Walden.
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9 p.m. (6/18) Update:

The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $14.7 million dollars.
After another assessment of homes last night, there are now eight additional homes confirmed lost in the Buckhorn area down to Redstone Canyon.  This brings the total of homes lost to 189.
There are roaming patrols, National Guard personnel and video surveillance being used to ensure that residences in the burn area remain safe and are not targets of looting.
Evacuations
A mandatory evacuation is still in place for the area east of the Glacier View 9-12th Filings, which were previously evacuated.  The new evacuation area is bounded on the east by Hewlett Gulch Trail, on the north by CR74E (Redfeather Lakes Road), on the west by the previous evacuation area and on the south to Highway 14 (Poudre Canyon Road).  Evacuation Orders were also issued for the Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon areas which includes Lodgepole Drive and CR23 west and south including Red Cedar Drive and east to CR23.
Pre-evacuation orders were issued for the Shoreline Road area south of Lory State Park with the southern border being CR38E, eastern border of Horsetooth Reservoir and west to Red Stone Canyon.  Residents in these areas were put on a 2-hour notice.  For a complete list of areas that remain evacuated and roads that are closed, visit http://www.larimer.org.emergency.
On Friday, June 15th, 2012, South Bay and Inlet Bay of Horsetooth Reservoir did open for camping and boating.  Boat-in campsites remain closed until Wednesday morning, June 20th, 2012.  All areas of Santanka Cove, at the north end of Horsetooth Reservoir, remain closed to access by both land and water.  Boating on the north end of the reservoir will be restricted indefinitely in support of helicopter use for the High Park Fire.  Buoys will be in place noting restricted areas on the water.
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, including Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Trailhead and Soderberg Trailhead are under a temporary indefinite closure at this time.  This is also true of Eagle’s Nest Open Space, which is also closed indefinitely at this time.

6:31 p.m. (6/18) Update:

Eight more homes confirmed destroyed (on Sunday) in the High Park Fire.
The High Park Fire is now estimated at 58,770 acres with 50% containment. This is the lowest daily growth to date.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council have issued an OZONE ACTION DAY ALERT at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012 for the Front Range Urban Corridor from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld counties, including the Denver-Boulder area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Greeley. Ozone levels are expected to reach Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups along the Front Range in the Denver Metro area Monday afternoon and Evening.
A WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORY is in effect for areas downwind of the High Park Fire due to moderate to heavy smoke.
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10:13am (6/18) Update:

Horsetooth Reservoir is currently open; however, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is closed. CR 23 between Dixon Dam and Horsetooth Dam is closed.

8:36am (6/18) Update:

The High Park Fire is now 58,046 acres and remains at 45% containment. There is another RED FLAG WARNING for Monday, June 18th until 9:00 p.m. This means high winds, low humidity (3-8%) and warm temperatures are forecast for today. These are extreme fire behavior conditions. In anticipation for this forecast, residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant.
Here is the link for the latest map: http://larimer.org/highparkfire/highpark_0617_2200.pdf
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8:50pm (6/17) Update:

High Park Fire is estimated at 56,480 acres with 45% containment. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $12.6 million dollars.
In anticipation of the potential gusty winds predicted with the Red Flag warning, a new mandatory evacuation order was issued for the Hewlett Gulch Subdivision. This evacuation included:
  • Hewlett Gulch Road
  • Swan
  • Snow Cliff Road
  • Deer Meadow Way
  • Star View Drive
  • Gobbler’s Knob Court
  • Happy Jack Road
  • Sara Lane
  • Mount Mahogany
  • Rainbows End
  • Weatherbird Way
  • Red Tail Trail
  • Gordon Creek Lane
  • Wild Mountain Lane
96 notices were sent out regarding this new evacuation. This area runs from the West at Glacier view 9-12th Filings that have already been evacuated, East to Hewlett Gulch Trail, North to County Road 74E (Redfeather Lakes Road) and South to Highway 14 (Poudre Canyon Road). Residents should also be advised to use caution while driving because of heavy smoke in the area.
Evacuation orders have been issued for the Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon areas which includes Lodgepole Dr and County Rd 23 west and south including Red Cedar Dr, and east to County Rd 23. There were 331 notifications sent in this area.
Pre-Evacuation orders were issued for the Shoreline Road area south of Lory State Park, with the southern border being County Rd 38E, eastern border to be Horsetooth Reservoir and west to Red Stone Canyon. Residents in these areas were put on a 2 hour-notice. 473 notifications sent.
Fire Behavior:
A RED FLAG WARNING was issued for the fire area from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and wind gusts up to 50 mph were experienced. In addition, relative humidity was only in the 3-4% range. In preparation for the forecast, a significant number of fire personnel were assigned to securing lines on the northern perimeter. Despite this difficult forecast, the existing lines in place did hold. Some crews on the NW side were able to be re-deployed to the SE side to help where the fire was most active due to the winds. The fire did burn approximately 1,000 acres of unburned area on the SE side of the fire in the Laurence Creek Lane and Redstone area.
Smoke in the Fort Collins area did increase today due to shifting winds from the NW. The smoke was originating from the interior of the west flank of the fire.
Many unburned areas inside the current fire area as well as along the perimeter were active from the wind activity.
There were 1,748 personnel, 113 engines, 17 helicopters working the fire today; however, both light and heavy helicopters were grounded earlier in the afternoon due to high winds of 30-50 miles an hour.
The Red Cross opened an additional evacuation center at Cache la Poudre middle school, providing food and shelter for evacuees. In addition, laundry facilities have been made available at The Ranch for evacuees from 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. daily.
Residents worried about looting in the fire area should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity. There have been no confirmed reports of looting to date. Increased roving patrols and deployment of mobile surveillance equipment has been ordered after the arrest of Michael Maher, DOB: 092481, for Impersonating a Fireman and other charges.
Weather Forecast:
Tomorrow is looking very similar to Sunday with low relative humidity (3-4%) and NW winds with possible gusts 30-50 miles an hour. Tuesday and Wednesday’s forecast is also calling for extreme fire weather.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as reinforcing lines already built. Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority is getting this information to residents first. To date, 181 homes have been verified as lost/destroyed. The assessment and recovery team continues their efforts to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed.
Residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. until further notice and messages can be left.
Additional evacuation areas are still being evaluated to determine when residents may re-enter. Factors being considered before lifting an evacuation include utility repair, emergency traffic in the area and road hazards such as falling rock and trees in the roadway.
Road Closure Information:
  • Hwy 14 (Poudre Canyon) is closed from Rustic to Gateway Park.
  • 25E (Redstone Canyon) is closed at intersection of 38E
  • CR 27 (Stove Prairie Road) from Big Bear Road to Hwy 14.
  • CR 44H (Buckhorn Rd) from CR27 west.
  • CR 52E (Rist Canyon Rd) Stove Prairie to Bellvue
  • CR 23 North near North Horsetooth Reservoir (South Centennial/CR23 is open)
  • Forest Service Rd 152 (Old Flowers Road)
  • Road off 74E including Many Thunders Road, Eiger Road, Green Mountain Road and Gate 1
  • CR63E Pingree Park Road and Crown Point Road from Hwy 14
  • Roads south of CR74E are closed. This includes areas south and east of McNay Hill, Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roads in that area.
Open Roads with Restricted Access:
  • Roads in the area of CR27 are open from Masonville to Big Bear Road to residents only. (Excludes Otter Road).
  • CR29C and McMurray Ranch Road.
  • Hwy 14 from Hwy 287 to Gateway Park – Residents Only.
Roads Open:
  • Red Feather Lakes Road/CR 74E
  • Highway 287
Additional Information:
Larimer County has opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall. The center is open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.safety.colostate.edu.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org.
For complete information on this emergency, see http://larimer.org/emergency/emergency_detail.cfm?nam_id=85
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6:03pm (6/17) Update:

Evacuation orders have been issued for the Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon areas which includes Lodgepole Dr and County Rd 23 west and south including Red Cedar Dr, and east to County Rd 23.
Pre-Evacuation orders have been issued for the Shoreline Road area south of Lory State Park, with the southern border being County Rd 38E, eastern border to be Horsetooth Reservoir and west to Red Stone Canyon. Residents in these areas have been put on a 2 hour-notice. 473 notifications sent.
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3:33pm (6/17) Update:

Winds are 30-50 miles per hour in High Park Fire area, both light and heavy helicopters have been grounded until further notice.
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1:18pm (6/17) Update:

In anticipation of potential gusty winds predicted with the Red Flag warning issued for today, a new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the Hewlett Gulch Subdivision. All residents should evacuate immediately. This evacuation includes:
  • Hewlitt Gulch Road
  • Swan
  • Snow Cliff Road
  • Deer Meadow Way
  • Star View Drive
  • Gobbler’s Knob Court
  • Happy Jack Road
  • Sara Lane
  • Mount Mahogany
  • Rainbows End
  • Weatherbird Way
  • Red Tail Trail
  • Gordon Creek Lane
  • Wild Mountain Lane
This area from the West at the Glacier View 9-12th Filings already evacuated, East to Hewlett Gulch Trail, North to Highway 74E (Redfeather Lakes Road) and south to Highway 14 (Poudre Canyon Rd). 96 notices have been sent out regarding this new evacuation. Residents should also be advised to use caution while driving because of heavy smoke in the area.
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12:46pm (6/17) Update:

Other maps also available at: http://larimer.org/highparkfire/.
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12:22pm (6/17) Update:

Due to increased fire activity, the Highway 14 roadblock has been moved from Gateway Park back to Ted’s place. Access into the Poudre Canyon from Ted’s place is now restricted to fire personnel only.

11:40am (6/17) Update:

High Park Fire is currently at 55,050 acres with 45% containment.
Fire Behavior:
A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for the fire area from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with wind gusts up to 50 mph expected in the Poudre Canyon Area. With temperatures ranging from 84 to 90 degrees, it is anticipated to be the hottest day n the incident to date. In preparation for this forecast, a significant number of fire crews have been assigned to this area and crews have been securing lines on the northern perimeter.
There are 1,631 personnel, 103 engines, 17 helicopters working the fire today. This includes 3 Blackhawk helicopters from the Army National Guard. Twelve Type 1 crews have constructed fire line from the intersection of Buckhorn Road and Cougar Drive up to White Pine Mountain. Crews plan to continue this fire break to Old Flowers Forest Road 152.
On the north end of the fire, crews are improving the line along Poudre Canyon (Hwy. 14) and are bringing the fire to the road. Spotting potential is high, especially in the Poudre Park and Little Narrows areas. The east and southeast end of the fire is currently in patrol status and crews continue to support structure protection efforts with structure resources.
The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $10.8 million dollars.
The Red Cross opened an additional evacuation center at Cache la Poudre middle school, providing food and shelter for evacuees. In addition, laundry facilities have been made available at The Ranch for evacuees from 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. daily.
Residents worried about looting in the fire area should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity. Increased roving patrols and deployment of mobile surveillance equipment has been ordered after the arrest of Mark Maher, DOB 092481, for Impersonating a Fireman and other charges. See a separate Larimer County Sheriff’s Office press release for more details on the arrest of Mr. Maher.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as reinforcing lines already built. Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority is getting this information to residents first. To date, 181 homes have been verified as lost/destroyed. The following areas encompass these 181 homes:
  • Soldier Canyon – 1
  • Missile Silo Road – 1
  • Cloudy Pass – 1
  • Picnic Rock – 1
  • Pine Acres – 5
  • Stratton Park – 21
  • Poudre Canyon – 17
  • Spring Valley – 3
  • Old Flowers – 1
  • Whale Rock – 40
  • Paradise Park – 12
  • Tip Top – 2
  • Rist Creek – 7
  • Davis Ranch – 51
  • Laurence Creek/Redstone – 0
  • Buckhorn (CR44H) – Unknown
  • Stove Prairie Road – 10
  • Rist Canyon – 8
The assessment and recovery team continues their efforts to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties.
Residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. until further notice and messages can be left.
Additional evacuation areas are being evaluated to determine when residents may reenter. Factors being considered are road hazards, including falling rock and trees in the roadway. Utility repair in areas and emergency traffic are also a factor.
Road Closure Information:
  • Hwy 14 (Poudre Canyon) is closed from Rustic to Gateway Park.
  • 25E (Redstone Canyon) is closed at intersection of 38E.
  • CR 27 (Stove Prairie Road) from Big Bear Road to Hwy 14.
  • CR 44H (Buckhorn Rd) from CR27 west.
  • CR 52E (Rist Canyon Rd) Stove Prairie to Bellvue
  • CR 23 North near North Horsetooth Reservoir (South Centennial/CR23 is open)
  • Forest Service Rd 152 (Old Flowers Road)
  • Road off 74E including Many Thunders Road, Eiger Road, Green Mountain Road and Gate 1
  • CR63E Pingree Park Road and Crown Point Road from Hwy 14
  • Roads in pre-alert area south of CR74E are closed. This includes areas south and east of McNay Hill, Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roads in that area.
Open Roads with Restricted Access:
  • Roads in the area of CR27 are open from Masonville to Big Bear Road to residents only. (Excludes Otter Road).
  • CR29C and McMurray Ranch Road.
  • Hwy. 14 at Highway 287 to Gateway Park – Residents Only.
Roads Open:
  • Red Feather Lakes Road/CR 74E
  • Highway 287
Weather:
For today, wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected in the Poudre Canyon with forecasted temperatures in the 90′s, prompting a RED FLAG ALERT.
Additional Information:
Larimer County opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall. The center is open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.safety.colostate.edu.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org.
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9:10pm (6/16) Update:

The High Park Fire is currently at 55,050 acres with 45% containment.
Fire Behavior:
The fire was quiet today; however, a RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for the fire area tomorrow with wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected on ridge tops and in the Poudre Canyon with forecasted temperatures in the 90′s. In preparation for this forecast, crews have been securing lines on the northern perimeter. A significant number of fire crews have been assigned to these areas.
There are 1,631 personnel, 103 engines, 16 helicopters working the fire today. The three feller bunchers ordered are here and will be focusing on structure protection efforts in the Buckhorn and Pingree Park areas.
The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $10.8 million dollars.
The approximately 200 acre spot fire near Glacier View area has been anchored and line built around it. Two 20-person Hotshot crews worked throughout the day to secure lines around the perimeter of this spot fire.
The Red Cross opened an additional evacuation center at Cache la Poudre middle school providing food and shelter for evacuees.
Residents of Cloudy Pass were able to return home as of noon today (no credentials necessary). Residents from the mouth of the Poudre Canyon up to Gateway Park were allowed to return as of 2 p.m. today. Again, only residents will be allowed in this area. Mill Canyon and Soldier Canyon areas were also able to return home today but are to remain on a 2 hour evacuation alert. Lory and Horsetooth Parks remain closed through the weekend.
Residents worried about looting in the fire area should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity and to date there are no confirmed reports of looting.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as reinforcing lines already built. Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority is getting this information to residents first. To date, 181 homes have been verified as lost/destroyed. The following areas encompass these 181 homes:
  • Soldier Canyon – 1
  • Missile Silo Road – 1
  • Cloudy Pass – 1
  • Picnic Rock – 1
  • Pine Acres – 5
  • Stratton Park – 21
  • Poudre Canyon – 17
  • Spring Valley – 3
  • Old Flowers – 1
  • Whale Rock – 40
  • Paradise Park – 12
  • Tip Top – 2
  • Rist Creek – 7
  • Davis Ranch – 51
  • Laurence Creek/Redstone – 0
  • Buckhorn (CR44H) – Unknown
  • Stove Prairie Road – 10
  • Rist Canyon – 8
The assessment and recovery team continues their efforts to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties.
Following the daily 3:00 citizen briefing, residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. until further notice and messages can be left.
Road Closure Information:
  • Hwy 14 (Poudre Canyon) is closed from east of Gould to Ted’s Place
  • 25E (Redstone Canyon) is closed at intersection of 38E
  • CR 27 (Stove Prairie Road) from Big Bear Road to Hwy 14
  • CR 44H (Buckhorn Rd) from CR27 west
  • CR 52E (Rist Canyon Rd) Stove Prairie to Bellvue
  • CR 23 North near North Horsetooth Reservoir (South Centennial/CR23 is open)
  • Forest Service Rd 152 (Old Flowers Road)
  • Road off 74E including Many Thunders Road, Eiger Road, Green Mountain Road and Gate 1
  • CR63E Pingree Park Road and Crown Point Road from Hwy 14
  • Roads in pre-alert area south of CR74E are closed. This includes areas south and east of McNay Hill, Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roads in that area.
Open Roads with Restricted Access:
  • Roads in the area of CR27 are open from Masonville to Big Bear Road to residents only. (Excludes Otter Road).
  • CR29C and McMurray Ranch Road.
  • Hwy. 14 to Gateway Park – Residents Only.
Roads Open:
  • Redfeather Lakes Road/CR 74E
  • Highway 287
Weather:
For tomorrow, wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected on ridge tops and in the Poudre Canyon with forecasted temperatures in the 90′s, prompting a RED FLAG WARNING.
Additional Information:
Larimer County opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall. The center is open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building. For more information, please visit their website http://www.safety.colostate.edu.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org.
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4:45pm (6/16) Update:

Assessments:
After the preliminary assessment, 181 homeowners from the Stratton Park, Pine Acres, Soldier Canyon, Missile Silo Road, Cloudy Pass, Picnic Rock, Spring Valley, Old Flowers, Whale Rock, Paradise Park, Tip Top, Rist Creek, Poudre Fire Authority District along the Front Range, Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to the mouth of Poudre Canyon, Davis Ranch, Laurence Creek/Redstone, Buckhorn (44H), Stove Prairie, and Rist Canyon have been notified that their homes have been destroyed. The breakdown by community is below. Buckhorn is unknown due to the team being unable to fully access this site due to firefighting activity in the area, but at this time no homes are known to be lost.
  • Soldier Canyon – 1
  • Missile Silo Road – 1
  • Cloudy Pass – 1
  • Picnic Rock – 1
  • Pine Acres – 5
  • Stratton Park – 21
  • Poudre Canyon – 17
  • Spring Valley – 3
  • Old Flowers – 1
  • Whale Rock – 40
  • Paradise Park – 12
  • Tip Top – 2
  • Rist Creek – 7
  • Davis Ranch – 51
  • Laurence Creek/Redstone – 0
  • Buckhorn (CR44H) – Unknown
  • Stove Prairie Road – 10
  • Rist Canyon – 8
For those residents who could not attend the 3 p.m. citizens briefing, they can call 970-619-4086. The number is staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Reintegration:
At 6 p.m. tonight, residents of Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon will be allowed to return home. Residents should not go to the road block prior to 6 p.m. as no one will be allowed in. These residents remain on a 2-hour pre-evacuation notice for the next 24 hours in case fire conditions were to change. No credentials are needed, but residents should be prepared to show identification. In particular, residents at the following addresses are asked to make sure the road in front of their homes is clear to provide access for firefighting apparatus.
  • 6501 and 6401 Red Cedar Drive
  • 6308 and 6520 Jack Pine Drive6400 Copper Court
Briefings:
A community meeting is planned for the Glacier View community tonight at 7 p.m. at Glacier View Station 1 (1414 Green Mountain Drive) to provide fire updates and questions. This is also a reminder that the area is still in a pre-alert status. Residents should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice if fire conditions worsen.
Fire Update:
The spot fire near Stevens Gulch on the other side of Highway 14 remains estimated at 200 acres. There is line around the fire with almost no fire activity, but it is not considered contained. Two 20-person Hotshot crews continue to mop up the area and secure line.
Firefighters did not conduct firing operations on the west side due to tomorrow’s forecast of high winds and low humidities. Crews remain patient and persistent in working the west side of the fire.
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10:43am (6/16) Update:

Here is the link for the latest map of the High Park Fire: http://larimer.org/highparkfire/highpark_0615_2155.pdf
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9:53am (6/16) Update:

The High Park Fire is currently at 54,232 acres (84.7 square miles) with 20% containment. Containment is expected to increase today.
There are 1,553 personnel, 103 engines, 16 helicopters working the fire today. The three feller bunchers ordered are here and will be focusing on structure protection efforts in the Buckhorn and Pingree Park areas.
The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $9.1 million dollars.
The approximately 200 acre spot fire near Glacier View area has been anchored and line built around it. Two 20-person Hotshot crews will be securing that line today.
Residents on Davis Ranch, Laurence Creek/Redstone area, Buckhorn (CR44H), Stove Prairie Road and Rist Canyon will have information at today’s 3:00 p.m. citizens’ briefing at The Ranch regarding the status of their structures.
The Red Cross opened an additional evacuation center at Cache la Poudre middle school providing food and shelter for evacuees.
The evacuation order for the residents of Santanka Trail at the north end of Horsetooth Reservoir has been lifted. Residents of Cloudy Pass can return home as of noon today (no credentials necessary). Residents from the mouth of the Poudre Canyon up to Gateway Park will be allowed to return as of 2 p.m. today. These residents will need to obtain credentials either at the evacuation center or the road block. Again, only residents will be allowed in this area. Highway 14 remains closed to the public.
Mill Canyon and Soldier Canyon areas are continuing to be assessed and more information is expected tonight. Lory and Horsetooth Parks remain closed through the weekend; however the reservoir is open.
Residents worried about looting in the fire area should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity and to date there are no confirmed reports of looting.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as reinforcing lines already built. Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. To date, 112 homes have been verified as lost/destroyed. The following areas encompass these 112 homes:
  • Soldier Canyon – 1 home lost
  • Missile Silo Road – 1 home lost
  • Cloudy Pass – 1 home lost
  • Picnic Rock – 1 home lost
  • Pine Acres – 5 homes lost
  • Stratton Park – 21 homes lost
  • Poudre Canyon (from Stove Prairie to mouth of canyon) – 17 homes lost
  • Spring Valley – 3 homes lost
  • Old Flowers – 1 home lost
  • Whale Rock – 40 homes lost
  • Paradise Park – 12 homes lost
  • Tip Top – 2 homes lost
  • Rist Creek – 7 homes lost
The assessment and recovery team continues their efforts to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties.
Following the daily 3:00 citizen briefing, residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. and messages can be left.
Fire Behavior:
The fire was quiet overnight, with 40-60% RH over the fire area last night.
Road Closure Information:
  • Hwy 14 (Poudre Canyon) is closed from east of Gould to Ted’s Place
  • 25E (Redstone Canyon) is closed at intersection of 38E
  • CR 27 (Stove Prairie Road) from Big Bear Road to Hwy 14
  • CR 44H (Buckhorn Rd) from CR27 west
  • CR 52E (Rist Canyon Rd) Stove Prairie to Bellvue
  • CR 23 North near North Horsetooth Reservoir (South Centennial/CR23 is open)
  • Forest Service Rd 152 (Old Flowers Road)
  • Road off 74E including Many Thunders Road, Eiger Road, Green Mountain Road and Gate
  • CR63E Pingree Park Road and Crown Point Road from Hwy 14
  • Brianna Lane and Suri Trail in the Bellvue area.
  • Lodgepole Drive
Open Roads with Restricted Access:
  • CR 38E from Masonville to Harmony Rd junction with Taft Hill Rd
  • Roads in pre alert area south of CR74E are closed. This includes areas south and east of McNay Hill, Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roads in that area.
  • Roads in the area of CR27 are open from Masonville to Big Bear Road to residents only. (Excludes Otter Road).
  • CR29C and McMurray Ranch Road
Roads Open:
  • Redfeather Lakes Road/CR 74E
  • Highway 287
Weather:
Mostly clear skies in the morning. Smoke will be shrouding the ridges during much of the day. Building cumulus clouds will form around mid-afternoon with a slight chance of showers after 4 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be 72-77 in the fire area, with winds northeast 4-8 mph, shifting to the southeast after noon.
Additional Information:
Larimer County opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall. The center is open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building. For more information, please visit their website http://www.safety.colostate.edu.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email by accessing the website at www.leta911.org.
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10:03pm (6/15) Update:

Important Facts from Today:
High Park Fire is currently at 54,230 acres with 20% containment. There are 1,553 personnel, 103 engines, 16 helicopters and 2 Blackhawks working the fire today with additional help expected. The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $9.1 million dollars.
The 200 acre spot fire near Glacier View area has been anchored and there is a lot of line built around it. There were 195 firefighters working in this area, and they were being assisted by air support as needed. In addition, a plan is in place to expand structure protection operations north of the Poudre River.
Residents on Davis Ranch, Laurence Creek/Redstone area, Buckhorn Road(CR44H), Stove Prairie Road and Rist Canyon will have information at tomorrow’s 3:00 p.m. citizen briefing at The Ranch about the status of their homes.
The Red Cross has opened an additional evacuation center at Cache la Poudre middle school and will be providing food and shelter for evacuees.
The evacuation order for the residents of Santanka Trail at the north end of Horsetooth Reservoir has been lifted.
Residents worried about looting in the fire area should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity and to date there are no confirmed reports of looting.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as reinforcing lines already built. Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. To date, 112 homes have been verified as lost/destroyed. The following areas encompass these 112 homes:
  • Soldier Canyon – 1 home lost
  • Missle Silo Road – 1 home lost
  • Cloudy Pass – 1 home lost
  • Picnic Rock – 1 home lost
  • Pine Acres – 5 homes lost
  • Stratton Park – 21 homes lost
  • Poudre Canyon (from Stove Prairie to mouth of canyon) – 17 homes lost
  • Spring Valley – 3 homes lost
  • Old Flowers – 1 home lost
  • Whale Rock – 40 homes lost
  • Paradise Park – 12 homes lost
  • Tip Top – 2 homes lost
  • Rist Creek – 7 homes lost
The assessment and recovery team continues their efforts to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties.
Following the daily 3:00 citizen briefing, residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m.
Fire Behavior:
There is a lot of work to be done on the west side. The southwest side did experience some rain which did help slow the growth down a little, but not significantly. The east side is looking very good and some resources may be able to shift to more active areas.
Road Closure Information:
  • Hwy 14 (Poudre Canyon) is closed from east of Gould to Ted’s Place
  • 25E (Redstone Canyon) is closed at intersection of 38E
  • CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) from Big Bear Road to Hwy 14
  • CR 44H (Buckhorn Rd) from CR27 west
  • CR 52E (Rist Canyon Rd) Stove Prairie to Bellvue
  • CR 23 North near North Horsetooth Reservoir (South Centennial/CR23 is open)
  • Forest Service Rd 152 (Old Flowers Road)
  • Road off 74E including Many Thunders Road, Eiger Road, Green Mountain Road and Gate 1
  • CR63E Pingree Park Road and Crown Point Road from Hwy 14
  • Brianna Lane and Suri Trail in the Bellvue area
  • Lodgepole Drive
Open Roads with Restricted Access:
  • CR 38E from Masonville to Harmony Rd junction with Taft Hill Rd
  • Roads in area South of CR74E are closed. This includes areas south and east of McNay Hill, Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roads in that area.
  • Roads are closed south of CR74E (this closure does not include CR74E). This road closure includes Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roads in that area.
  • Roads in the area of CR27 are open from Masonville to Big Bear Road to residents only. (Excludes Otter Road).
  • CR29C and McMurray Ranch Road
Roads Open:
  • Redfeather Lakes Road/CR 74E
  • Highway 287
Weather:
There is a weak storm front expected to come in overnight, but only light winds are expected to accompany this front.
Additional Information:
Larimer County opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center at 7:00 a.m. today on the Colorado State University Campus. The center will be open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building. For more information, please visit their website http://www.safety.colostate.edu
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or their email please go to the website at www.leta911.org .
This will be the final update for the day. If you have further questions please call 211 or 970-407-7066.
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4:00pm (6/15) Update:

6-15-12 Updated List of Structures Destroyed in High Park Fire
  • Solider Canyon – 1
  • Missle Silo Rd (29C) – 1
  • Cloudy Pass – 1
  • Picnic Rock – 1P
  • ine Acres – 5
  • Stratton Park – 21
  • Poudre Canyon – 17
  • Spring Valley – 3
  • Old Flowers – 1
  • Whale Rock – 40
  • Paradise Park – 12
  • Tip Top – 2
  • Rist Creek – 7Total to Date – 112
There are now additional crews working on the 200 acre spot fire near Glacier View, for a total of 195 firefighting personnel in addition to air support. The SW portion of the fire did receive a little rain, but the concern remains the strong downdrafts from these incoming storms.
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2:39pm (6/15) Update:

The spot fire started last night is now estimated at approximately 200 acres. Hot shot specialist crews have 100 firefighters in addition to heavy helicopters working on this spot fire. These resources are focusing on structure protection in the Glacier View area. In addition, there is a slow moving weather system in the area that is capable of producing heavy rain and/or hail and strong winds in short durations. There is another system behind it with similar characteristics.
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10:46am (6/15) Update:

Here is a link to the updated map of the High Park Fire: http://larimer.org/highparkfire/highpark_0614_2320.pdf
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9:35am (6/15) Update:

The High Park Fire has grown to 52,068 acres and is 15% contained. The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $7.2 million dollars.
Late last night, fire officials issued an evacuation order for the 9th, 10th, and 11th filings of Glacier View Meadows, to include the area west of Eiger Road to Rams Horn Mountain Road and north from the Mount Blanc Guardian Peak area to the north end of Mount Everest Drive. This additional evacuation was driven by increased spot fire activity. This was in addition to the evacuations of the Glacier View Meadows 12th filing. The remaining portions of Glacier View Meadows remains on pre-evacuation alert to be prepared to leave if necessary.
Of the nearly 3,000 notifications sent out for evacuations, 1,187 have been lifted.
Fire officials issued an all-clear for County Road 29C and McMurry Ranch Road. In addition, an all-clear was issued for the area of Big Bear Road, Bar D Ranch Road, south on the Buckhorn Road to the junction of the Masonville Road, northwest to include Alfalfa Way, Buckhorn Ridge Way and Running Brook Lane. Residents in these areas may return to their homes.
Officials do not anticipate reopening Cloudy Pass, Mill Canyon or Soldier Canyon today. These areas are still being evaluated and more information may be known tomorrow.
There have been unsubstantiated reports of looting in the area of evacuated homes. Residents should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity and to date there are no confirmed reports of looting.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as ensuring we do not lose the lines we have already built.
Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. To date, 31 homeowners from the Stratton Park, Pine Acres and parts of Poudre Canyon have been notified that their homes have been destroyed. An additional 17 homes in the Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to the mouth of the canyon have also been destroyed. The assessment is still underway and this number will continue to grow.
At the 3 p.m. citizen’s meeting will include information on damaged and destroyed homes in the following areas: Old Flowers Road, Whale Rock, Tip Top, Rist Creek, Spring Valley and Paradise Park.
Evaluations continue of the structures that have been damaged or destroyed in portions of Rist Canyon, Stove Prairie, Cloudy Pass, Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon. Firefighters will continue to evaluate the area subdivision by subdivision.
There are still many unburned areas within the perimeter of the fire, so evacuated residents should not assume their homes are damaged or destroyed.
Following the daily 3:00 p.m. citizen briefing, residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. and messages can be left.
Fire Behavior:
Interior and west side of the fire are still active. Yesterday fire was brought down to the Buckhorn Road and crews will work on mopping up in that area. The fire continues to push west into heavy beetle killed fuels.
Soldier and Mill Canyon as well as Redstone Canyon and Buckstone Heights remain closed due to hot spots and fire activity in the area. Buckhorn Road also remains closed to Masonville.
Yesterday a spot fire, roughly estimated at 30-50 acres, started on the north side of Highway 14. This spot fire is in steep terrain and timber. Air support will focus in this area today. A plan was in place in case this happened and resources, including engines and hand crews, were moved to the Glacier View Meadows area for structure protection. This area is a priority for the firefighters today.
Resources available:
  • 1,387 personnel
  • 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 4 type 3 helicopters
  • 3 type 2 helicopters
  • 4 type 1 helicopters
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 3 heavy air tankers
Cause of fire:
Lightning has been confirmed as the cause of the fire.
More information can be found at:
Media briefings are scheduled today at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Watson Lake Wildlife Area.
At 11 a.m. today media can also attend a briefing by the National Guard Security Forces Commander Gary Gherardini. He will speak about the National Guard’s mission and role during the High Park Fire. This will be held at the Incident Command Post at the Armory in Fort Collins. Media will need to check in prior to the briefing.
Larimer County will open the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center at 7:00 a.m. starting tomorrow, Friday, June 15, at Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University Campus. The center will be open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This center will remain open for the next 3-4 weeks to help residents affected by the High Park Fire. For more information about the Disaster Recovery Center and the High Park Fire, visit our website at www.larimer.org/highparkfire.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org.
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8:19am (6/15) Update:

The High Park Fire has grown to 52,068 acres and is 15% contained. The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $7.2 million dollars.
Late last night, fire officials issued an evacuation order for the 9th filing of Glacier View Meadows, to include the area east of Eiger Road to Rams Horn Mountain Road and north from the Mount Blanc Guardian Peak area to the north end of Mount Everest Drive. This additional evacuation was driven by increased spot fire activity. This was in addition to the evacuations of the Glacier View Meadows 9th filing. The remaining portions of Glacier View Meadows remains on pre-evacuation alert to be prepared to leave if necessary.
Of the nearly 3,000 notifications sent out for evacuations, 1,187 have been lifted.
Fire officials issued an all-clear for County Road 29C and McMurry Ranch Road. In addition, an all-clear was issued for the area of Big Bear Road, Bar D Ranch Road, south on the Buckhorn Road to the junction of the Masonville Road, northwest to include Alfalfa Way, Buckhorn Ridge Way and Running Brook Lane. Residents in these areas may return to their homes.
Officials will be evaluating Cloudy Pass area to see if conditions are safe for residents to return.
There have been unsubstantiated reports of looting in the area of evacuated homes. Residents should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity and to date there are no confirmed reports of looting.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as ensuring we do not lose the lines we have already built.
Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. To date, 31 homeowners from the Stratton Park, Pine Acres and parts of Poudre Canyon have been notified that their homes have been destroyed. An additional 17 homes in the Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to the mouth of the canyon have also been destroyed. The assessment is still underway and this number will continue to grow.
Evaluations continue of the structures that have been damaged or destroyed in Rist Canyon, Paradise Park, Stove Prairie, Poudre Park, Old Flowers, Stratton Park, Kings Canyon, Cloudy Pass, Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon. Firefighters will continue to evaluate the area subdivision by subdivision.
There are still many unburned areas within the perimeter of the fire, so evacuated residents should not assume their homes are damaged or destroyed.
Following the daily 3:00 p.m. citizen briefing, residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. and messages can be left.
Fire Behavior:
Interior and west side of the fire are still active. Yesterday fire was brought down to the Buckhorn Road and crews will work on mopping up in that area. The fire continues to push west into heavy beetle killed fuels.
Soldier and Mill Canyon as well as Redstone Canyon and Buckstone Heights remain closed due to hot spots and fire activity in the area. Buckhorn Road also remains closed to Masonville.
Yesterday a spot fire, roughly estimated at 30-50 acres, started on the north side of Highway 14. This spot fire is in steep terrain and timber. Air support will focus in this area today. A plan was in place in case this happened and resources, including engines and hand crews, were moved to the Glacier View Meadows area for structure protection. This area is a priority for the firefighters today.
Resources available:
  • 1,387 personnel
  • 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 4 type 3 helicopters
  • 3 type 2 helicopters
  • 4 type 1 helicopters
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 3 heavy air tankers
Cause of fire:
Lightning has been confirmed as the cause of the fire.
More information can be found at:
Media briefings are scheduled today at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Watson Lake Wildlife Area.
At 11 a.m. today media can also attend a briefing by the National Guard Security Forces Commander Gary Gherardini. He will speak about the National Guard’s mission and role during the High Park Fire. This will be held at the Incident Command Post at the Armory in Fort Collins. Media will need to check in prior to the briefing.
Larimer County will open the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center at 7:00 a.m. starting tomorrow, Friday, June 15, at Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University Campus. The center will be open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This center will remain open for the next 3-4 weeks to help residents affected by the High Park Fire. For more information about the Disaster Recovery Center and the High Park Fire, visit our website atwww.larimer.org/highparkfire.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org .
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8:10am (6/15) Update:

The High Park Fire has grown to 52,068 acres and is 15% contained. The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $7.2 million dollars.
Late last night, fire officials issued an evacuation order for the 9th filing of Glacier View Meadows, to include the area east of Eiger Road to Rams Horn Mountain Road and north from the Mount Blanc Guardian Peak area to the north end of Mount Everest Drive. This additional evacuation was driven by increased spot fire activity. This was in addition to the evacuations of the Glacier View Meadows 9th filing. The remaining portions of Glacier View Meadows remains on pre-evacuation alert to be prepared to leave if necessary.
Of the nearly 3,000 notifications sent out for evacuations, 1,187 have been lifted.
Fire officials issued an all-clear for County Road 29C and McMurry Ranch Road. In addition, an all-clear was issued for the area of Big Bear Road, Bar D Ranch Road, south on the Buckhorn Road to the junction of the Masonville Road, northwest to include Alfalfa Way, Buckhorn Ridge Way and Running Brook Lane. Residents in these areas may return to their homes.
Officials will be evaluating Cloudy Pass area to see if conditions are safe for residents to return.
There have been unsubstantiated reports of looting in the area of evacuated homes. Residents should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity and to date there are no confirmed reports of looting.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as ensuring we do not lose the lines we have already built.
Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. To date, 31 homeowners from the Stratton Park, Pine Acres and parts of Poudre Canyon have been notified that their homes have been destroyed. An additional 17 homes in the Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to the mouth of the canyon have also been destroyed. The assessment is still underway and this number will continue to grow.
Evaluations continue of the structures that have been damaged or destroyed in Rist Canyon, Paradise Park, Stove Prairie, Poudre Park, Old Flowers, Stratton Park, Kings Canyon, Cloudy Pass, Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon. Firefighters will continue to evaluate the area subdivision by subdivision.
There are still many unburned areas within the perimeter of the fire, so evacuated residents should not assume their homes are damaged or destroyed.
Following the daily 3:00 p.m. citizen briefing, residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. and messages can be left.
Fire Behavior:
Interior and west side of the fire are still active. Yesterday fire was brought down to the Buckhorn Road and crews will work on mopping up in that area. The fire continues to push west into heavy beetle killed fuels.
Soldier and Mill Canyon as well as Redstone Canyon and Buckstone Heights remain closed due to hot spots and fire activity in the area. Buckhorn Road also remains closed to Masonville.
Yesterday a spot fire, roughly estimated at 30-50 acres, started on the north side of Highway 14. This spot fire is in steep terrain and timber. Air support will focus in this area today. A plan was in place in case this happened and resources, including engines and hand crews, were moved to the Glacier View Meadows area for structure protection. This area is a priority for the firefighters today.
Resources available:
  • 1,387 personnel
  • 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 4 type 3 helicopters
  • 3 type 2 helicopters
  • 4 type 1 helicopters
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 3 heavy air tankers
Cause of fire:
Lightning has been confirmed as the cause of the fire.
More information can be found at:
Media briefings are scheduled today at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Watson Lake Wildlife Area.
At 11 a.m. today media can also attend a briefing by the National Guard Security Forces Commander Gary Gherardini. He will speak about the National Guard’s mission and role during the High Park Fire. This will be held at the Incident Command Post at the Armory in Fort Collins. Media will need to check in prior to the briefing.
Larimer County will open the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center at 7:00 a.m. starting tomorrow, Friday, June 15, at Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University Campus. The center will be open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This center will remain open for the next 3-4 weeks to help residents affected by the High Park Fire. For more information about the Disaster Recovery Center and the High Park Fire, visit our website atwww.larimer.org/highparkfire.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org.
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11:35pm (6/14) Update:

Fire officials have issued an evacuation order for the 9th filing of Glacier View, to include the area east from Eiger Road to Rams Horn Mountain Road and north from the Mount Blanc Guardian Peak area to the north end of Mount Everest Drive. Residents in this area should begin the evacuation process immediately! This additional evacuation was driven by increased spot fire activity. No additional evacuations are anticipated at this time. However, the rest of the Glacier View area remains on alert.
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9:37pm (6/14) Update:

Important Facts from Today:
High Park Fire is currently at 52,000 acres with 15% containment. Due to the incredible efforts of our firefighting crews and air support, the fire only grew approximately 2,000 acres today. This is the lowest daily growth to date.
The current cost of the fire to date is now estimated at $7.2 million dollars.
Of the approximate 2,600 notifications sent out, 1,187 have been lifted.
Southwest crews are holding and maintaining fire at Buckhorn Road.
Fire officials issued an all-clear for County Road 29C and McMurry Ranch Road. In addition, an all-clear was issued for the area of Big Bear Road, Bar D Ranch Road, south on the Buckhorn Road to the junction of the Masonville Road, northwest to include Alfalfa Way, Buckhorn Ridge Way and Running Brook Lane. Residents in these areas may return to their homes. Residents will be required to show identification with proof of address in order to have a pass issued.
Officials will be evaluating Cloudy Pass area to see if conditions are safe for residents to return.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has banned open burning and the private use of fireworks throughout Colorado amid high fire danger. Hickenlooper signed an executive order Thursday issuing the statewide ban.
There have been unsubstantiated reports of looting in the area of evacuated homes. Residents should be reassured there is a very strong law enforcement and National Guard presence to deter any such activity and to date there are no confirmed reports of looting.
Structures damaged:
Structure protection continues to be a top priority as well as ensuring we do not lose the lines we have already built. Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. To date, 31 homeowners from the Stratton Park, Pine Acres and parts of Poudre Canyon have been notified that their homes have been destroyed.
An additional 17 homes in the Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to the mouth of the canyon have also been destroyed. The assessment is still underway and this number will continue to grow. Evaluations continue of the structures that have been damaged or destroyed in Rist Canyon, Paradise Park, Stove Prairie, Poudre Park, Old Flowers, Stratton Park, Kings Canyon, Cloudy Pass, Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon. Firefighters will continue to evaluate the area subdivision by subdivision.
There are still many unburned areas within the perimeter of the fire, so evacuated residents should not assume their homes are damaged or destroyed. The assessment and recovery team continues their efforts to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties.
Following the daily 3:00 citizen briefing, residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m.
Fire Behavior:
Interior and west side of the fire are still active. Southeast and Northeast corners are mopping up and the line in those areas are holding. The Poudre Canyon area was less active than in previous days.
The fire continues to push west into heavy beetle killed fuels; however, fire behavior on the western section of the fire was moderated by a brief rain shower.
Soldier and Mill Canyon as well as Redstone Canyon and Buckstone Heights remain closed due to hot spots and fire activity in the area. Buckhorn Road also remains closed to Masonville.
A new small 60-100 acre spot fire today was caused by a thunderstorm with strong downdrafts that parked over SW corner of fire. This caused an increase of fire behavior over western perimeter, which launched embers from torching trees into the wind, which then started the spot fire.
Road Checkpoints:
  • CR 38E/CR 27 – Restricted access, residents only, credentials required
  • CR 38E/CR 25E (Redstone Canyon) – No access
  • CR 38E/CR 23 – No access
  • CR 23/Lodgepole – No access
  • CR 27E/Cr 52E – No access
  • CR 52E/Brianna Lane – No access
  • Hwy 287/Hwy 14/CR 29C – Restricted access
  • Hwy 14/Pingree Park Road (63E) – No access
  • Highway 287 is open.
Resources on scene:
  • 1,300 ground and engine crews are fighting the fire. More resources are still expected.
  • 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 4 type 3 helicopters
  • 3 type 2 helicopters
  • 4 type 1 helicopters
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 3 heavy air tankers (there are only 9 available in the nation)
Cause of fire:
Lightning has been confirmed as the cause of the fire.
Weather:
Temperatures were slightly cooler on Thursday with higher humidity levels than Wednesday. Winds were terrain driven and were out of the SW at 10-15MPH with gusts to 20. There were some stronger downdrafts from a thunderstorm cell that was on the SW corner of the fire.
More information can be found at:
Larimer County will open the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center at 7:00 a.m. starting tomorrow, Friday, June 15, at Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University Campus. The center will be open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This center will remain open for the next 3-4 weeks to help residents affected by the High Park Fire.
For more information about the Disaster Recovery Center and the High Park Fire, visit our website at www.larimer.org/highparkfire.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org .
This is the final update for the day. If you have further questions please call 211 or 970-407-7066.
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5:27pm (6/14) Update:

A new immediate evacuation has been ordered for the 12th filing of Glacier View. This includes:
  • Meadow Mountain Drive
  • Little Bald Mountain Court
  • Grey’s Peak Court
  • Diamond Peak Court
  • Little Twins Court
  • Red Mountain Court
  • Pingree Hill Court
  • Rabbit Ears Court
  • Bullrock Court
  • Black Mountain Court
There is a road block at the intersection of Eiger Rd. and Many Thunder Mtn. Rd. It is estimated that approximately 80 homes are involved in this evacuation.
DO TO THIS NEW EVACUATION ORDER, THE 7:30 P.M. CITIZEN INFORMATION BRIEFING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
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4:36pm (6/14) Update:

Structure protection continues to be a very high priortity. Thanks to the amazing efforts of our firefighters and air support, NO additional structures lost today!
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2:32pm (6/14) Update:

County Road 29C is now open.
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1:07pm (6/14) Update:

Fire officials have issued an all-clear for the area of Big Bear Road, Bar D Ranch Road, south on the Buckhorn Road to the junction of the Masonville Road, northwest to include Alfalfa Way, Buckhorn Ridge Way and Running Brook Lane. Residents in those areas may return home and passes will be available at the roadblocks in those areas.
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12:54pm (6/14) Update:

There will be a public meeting held tonight, June 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center at Gate 8 in Glacier View. The meeting will be to discuss the fire and to answer any questions you may have. Residents in this area will be receiving the reverse 911 notification about the meeting. Glacier View is still on pre-alert and there is no change in the alert status.
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12:21pm (6/14) Update:

Bonner Peaks Subdivision has been given the all-clear by fire officials which allows residents (RESIDENTS ONLY) to return home. No special passes will be required for this area, so residents do NOT need to go to The Ranch to get credentials. In addition, CR 27 south of Big Bear Road, including Big Bear Road is now open; however, Otter Road is not included.
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11:51am (6/14) Update:

The following roads are closed due to wildfire:
  • Roads in area South of CR74E are closed. Residents only are allowed. This includes areas south and east of McNay Hill, Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and all connecting roads in that area.
  • Hwy 14 from Walden to Ted’s Place
  • CR 27 From Hwy 14 to Masonville
  • CR 44h (Buckhorn Rd) from CR 27 west
  • CR 52e (Rist Canyon Rd) Stove Prairie to Bellvue
  • Cr 38e from Masonville to Harmony Rd junction with Taft Hill Rd is open only to residents who have been issued reverse notification allowing them to return to their homes and have obtained the proper credentials through proof of residence and a photo identification.
  • Cr 23 from Jct 38E to Lodgepole Rd.
  • 287 is NOT closed
**Redstone Canyon is still closed!**
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10:22am (6/14) Update:

The High Park Fire is now at 49,763 acres with 10% containment. There are over 1,300 firefighting personnel working the fire. There are no firefighter injuries to date. Colorado-Wyoming National Guard providing 50 military police to work the roadblocks under the direction of the Sheriff’s office.
Top non-fire priorities today are home assessment and evacuation area evaluation. Residents of Poudre Canyon area including the Boyd Gulch/King’s Canyon area will be notified about the status of their property today at the end of the 3:00 p.m. Citizen Briefing.
Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as it becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. To date, 31 homeowners from the Stratton Park, Pine Acres and parts of Poudre Canyon have been notified that their homes have been destroyed. The assessment is still underway and this number will continue to grow.
Evacuations in the Shoreline Drive and Bellvue area from County Road 25E to the east have been lifted. Credentials (available at the evacuation center at the Ranch) are needed to access the area.
Firefighters continued good work last night. The fire remains north of the Buckhorn Road. With the help of retardant and water drops, the fire was kept south of Highway 14 where it had not already crossed.
Weather today is expected to be slightly cooler with relative humidity 14-18%. Winds will be out of the SW 10-15 mph with gusts to 20.
Media briefings will continue to be held at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. unless conditions change.
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9:29am (6/14) Update:

We have created a High Park Fire map to show the fire information/behavior we have gathered so far. This is a great resource! http://larimer.org/highparkfire/inventory_area_map.pdf
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9:19am (6/14) Update:

Residents in the Poudre Canyon area will be notified of their property status today at the end of the 3:00 p.m. citizen briefing at The Ranch. This includes the Boyd Gulch/Kings Canyon area.
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8:51pm (6/13) Update:

The High Park Fire is now at 46,820 acres with 10% containment. There are 1263 personnel working the fire. There are no firefighter injuries to date. Colorado-Wyoming National Guard providing 50 military police to work the roadblocks under the direction of the Sheriff’s office. Top non-fire priorities today are home assessment and evacuation area evaluation.
Assessment and recovery teams were out identifying damaged structures today where possible. There is not a complete list of damaged structures. The areas surveyed depended on fire activity.
Evacuations in the Shoreline Drive and Bellvue area from County Road 27E to the east have been lifted. Credentials (available at the evacuation center at the Ranch) are needed to access the area.
Firefighters continued good work today. The fire remains north of the Buckhorn Road. With the help of retardant and water drops, the fire was kept south of Highway 14 where it had not already crossed. Burnout operations in southern portions of the fire were able to reinforce firelines. Tomorrow is expected to be a little cooler with relative humidity 14-18%.
Media briefings will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. unless conditions change.
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5:27pm (6/13) Update:

An all-clear order has been issued for the evacuated area of Bellvue which includes County Road 54E, County Road 27E and east to County Road 23. Brianna Lane and Suri Trail have not been given the all-clear at this time. Residents may return to their homes, with the exception of those living on Brianna Lane and Suri Trail.
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5:03pm (6/13) Update:

The all-clear order has been issued for the north side of County Road 38E from the west side of the reservoir to just east of County Road 25E. Residents MUST provide identification with proof of address in order to receive a pass allowing them into the area.
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1:22pm (6/13) Update:

The High Park Fire officials are issuing a pre-evacuation alert to residents in the Glacier View area to include the following: from the County Road 68C junction with County Roadd 74E, east to the Hewlett Gulch Road and all roadways in that housing district, south to the north side of Highway 14 and west to the junction with County Road 68C.
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1:01pm (6/13) Update:

Residents in the Poudre Canyon at County Road 29C (Missile Silo Road) as well as Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon residents may be allowed back in tomorrow. More information will be available tomorrow.
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11:20am (6/13) Update:

Residents in the Shoreline Drive area and the Bellvue area from County Road 27E to the east will be allowed back into their homes later today after the citizen briefing.
Residents will need to provide identification with proof of address in order to receive credentials allowing them into the area. The credentials will be available after the citizen briefing at 3:00 p.m at the Ranch. Residents not able to attend the briefing may pick up their credentials later at the evacuation center. Credentials will be REQUIRED to enter these areas.
Officials are evaluating the Bonner Peak and Bonner Springs Ranch area and anticipate that residents will be allowed to return tomorrow. More information will be available tomorrow.
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10:21am (6/13) Update:

The High Park Fire is now at 46,600 acres with 10+% containment. Citizen briefing at 3:00 p.m.
There are 1000 personnel working the fire along with 22 aircraft.
Colorado-Wyoming National Guard providing 50 military police to work the roadblocks under the direction of the Sheriff’s office.
Top non-fire priorities today are home assessment and evacuation area evaluation.
Assessment and recovery teams will be out identifying damaged structures today where possible. Preliminary information will be available at the citizen briefing at 3:00 p.m. There will not be a complete list of damaged structures but as much information as is available will be presented. The areas surveyed will depend on the fire activity.
Officials are evaluating the current evacuation areas to see if it is possible to allow more people to return home.
There was good success from the hard work yesterday, particularly in saving structures in the Laurence Creek area and keeping the fire from crossing the Poudre River.
The majority of the east side of the fire is contained. Additionally, there is some containment in the Highway 14/County Road 29C area. Line building and reinforcing existing lines will be continuing in other areas today. Once again the weather will play a big factor as it will be warmer and drier with shifting winds.
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7:51am (6/13) Update:

High Park Fire is now at 46,600 acres with 10+% containment. 1000 personnel working the fire today.
Top non-fire priorities today include beginning the home assessment process today. We hope to have some preliminary information at the 3:00 p.m. citizen briefing. There will not be a complete list of homes damaged today, but the process is beginning so as much information as possible can be provided.
Another non-fire priority is to evaluate the current evacuation areas to see if we can allow more people back into their homes.
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8:58pm (6/12) Update:

The High Park Fire is now at 43,372 with 10% containment.
There will be a citizens meeting at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at the evacuation center at the Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Boulevard
The evacuation area south of County Road 38E from Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road was lifted. All residents in this area were free to return home as of noon today.
Evacuation orders were 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 I-25 and Crossroads Boulevard .
Pre-evacuation alerts were sent to residents in the area south of County Road 74E, south and east of McNay Hill for residents on Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area. The notice was sent in the morning and was cancelled this evening. Roads in this area are open to residents only.
Good progress was made today with increased containment, “black on the map”. The structure protection group was very successful today saving numerous homes.
The fire was very active today on the north side of the fire with some torching occurring. A 120 acre spot fire was contained. Back burning operations were conducted.
The line on the northeast side of the fire is built and crews are assessing whether it will hold.
Priority for the southeast and southwest flanks of the fire was building a direct line and protecting structures.
There was lots of activity on the west side of the fire. 70% of the trees in this area have been killed by the mountain pine beetle.
Residents who have refused to evacuate from Poudre Canyon have been hampering fire operations. Residents are encouraged to leave the area.
There are 634 personnel working the fire with more expected tomorrow. 37 engines were assigned to the fire today with 100 expected by tomorrow. The cost of the fire to date is $3 million.
There were no firefighter injuries today. There has been one citizen fatality.
Air resources today included:
  • 5 Heavy air tankers
  • 2 Lead Planes
  • Air Attack Command Plane
  • 5 Single engine air tankers
  • 4 Type 1 heavy helicopters
  • 3 Type 2 medium helicopters
  • 4 Type 3 helicopter
  • 3 Blackhawk helicopters from the National Guard
In addition to the three Blackhawk helicopters, the Colorado-Wyoming National Guard is providing 50 military policemen to help man the roadblocks under the direction of the Sheriff. There assistance is greatly appreciated.
Weather conditions are expected to be warmer and drier tomorrow with lower winds.
Temporary closures at Horsetooth Reservoir, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and Eagle’s Nest Open Space have been extended through Thursday, June 14, 2012. Updates regarding the weekend will be released by noon Wednesday, June 13, 2012, and posted at www.larimer.org/naturalresources .
Campers who have reservations at Horsetooth Reservoir for any days June 11 – June 14, 2012, should call the reservation company at 1-800-397-7795 to change or cancel.
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12:28pm (6/12) Update:

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.
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11:55am (6/12) Update:

The evacuation area south of County Road 38E from Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road is being lifted. All residents receiving this message are free to return home. Thank you for your cooperation.
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10:24am (6/12) Update:

The High Park Fire is now at 43,433 with 5% containment.
89 Pre-evacuation alerts were just sent to residents in the area south of County Road 74E, south and east of McNay Hill. This is not an evacuation, simply a pre alert to those residents on Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area.
Some containment lines were completed on the east flank of the fire yesterday. Crews will also be working on the west and south sides of the fire today to get some lines built. The east side will be monitored and reinforced today.
There will be 500 firefighters working the fire today. 26 engines are assigned to the fire today with 100 expected by tomorrow.
Air resources include:
  • 5 Heavy air tankers
  • 5 Single engine air tankers
  • 4 Type 1 heavy helicopters
  • 3 Type 2 medium helicopters
  • 4 Type 3 helicopters
  • 3 Blackhawk helicopters from the National Guard
Weather conditions will be warmer and drier today with shifting winds which will cause concern for firefighters.
Discussions are beginning to evaluate the current evacuations to see if some areas are safe to return. There are no specifics and no one is being allowed back in at this time.
Temporary closures at Horsetooth Reservoir, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and Eagle’s Nest Open Space have been extended through Thursday, June 14, 2012. Updates regarding the weekend will be released by noon Wednesday, June 13, 2012, and posted at www.larimer.org/naturalresources
Campers who have reservations at Horsetooth Reservoir for any days June 11 – June 14, 2012, should call the reservation company at 1-800-397-7795 to change or cancel.
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8:29am (6/12) Update:

Pre-evacuation notifications have been sent to parts of Glacier View for the area south of County Road 74E, south and east of McNay Hill. This is not an evacuation, simply a pre alert to those residents on Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area. Residents should be prepared to leave at a moments notice.
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9:08pm (6/11) Update:

High Park Fire is currently at 41,140 acres with 0% containment
Citizen briefings tomorrow at the Ranch at 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Media briefings are at 9:30, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Briefings will be at Watson Lake Wildlife Area in Bellvue.
Type 1 management team assumed command of the fire this morning. Bill Hahnenberg is the Incident Commander.
Lightning has been ruled as the official cause of the fire.
There was some good progress made today with a lot of hard work by crews. Some hand lines were established today and an anchor was established in the southwest portion of the fire. The fire is looking better tonight than last night. Poudre Fire Authority did a lot of good work last night through the active burning. Point protection was established around structures. There was a lot of air support today including a lot of water drops by the helicopters along both the south and northeast flanks of the fire. Smoke has been an issue for the air resources with reduced visibility. Good progress was made on the northeast flank today.
Evacuation Center:
The evacuation center has been moved from Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte to the Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Boulevard. This move was done because of the increasing smoke in the Laporte area.
Resources on scene:
  • 400 ground and engine crews are fighting the fire. We expect to have 500-600 working by end of tomorrow.
  • 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 2 type 3 helicopters
  • 3 type 2 helicopters
  • 2 type 1 helicopters
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 5 heavy air tankers (there are only 9 available in the nation)
  • The Colorado National Guard provided two Blackhawk helicopters for use today either for transport or bucket drops depending on the need.
Structures damaged:
  • An unknown number of structures have been damaged in in the Rist Canyon, Old Flowers, Paradise Park, Stove Prairie, Stratton Park, Poudre Park, Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon areas.
  • There are many unburned areas within the perimeter of the fire, so residents should not assume their homes are damaged or destroyed.
  • An assessment and recovery team will be working to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties but it will take some time.
Injuries:
One firefighter was taken non-emergent by ambulance out of the area for heat exhaustion the first day of the fire but there have been no other injuries reported at this time.
Road closures include:
  • CR23 from Lodgepole to Dixon Dam (Beginning at 10:00 pm tonight).
  • Highway 14 from Walden to Ted’s Place.
  • CR23 & Lodgepole/Lory State Park.
  • CR25E & CR54E.
  • CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) south from Highway 14.
  • CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) one mile south of CR44H (Buckhorn Road).
  • CR27 & CR38E.
  • CR27 north of CR44H.
  • CR38E and CR25E.
  • CR44H (Buckhorn Road) west of CR27.
  • CR52E (Rist Canyon Road) west of CR27.
  • CR52E (Rist Canyon Road) CR25E Bellvue.
Weather:
Cooler weather and lighter winds today helped firefighters. The weather tomorrow is expected to be warmer and drier with winds out of the southwest with gusts up to 18 miles per hour.
More information can be found at:
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org.
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4:48pm (6/11) Update:

The official cause of the High Park Fire has been confirmed as lightning.
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4:02pm (6/10) Update:

The High Park Fire remains at 36,930 acres with 0% containment.
Crews are concerned with the northeast portion of the fire near Bonner Peak. Heavy helicopters are doing water drops in this area and more crews are being directed to this area.
Pre-planning has started between the Incident Command and the Glacier View Fire District. There are no evacuations or pre-evacuation notices for this area but citizens in portions of Glacier View are being asked to be vigilant and to be aware of fire activity.
There are no official Facebook or Twitter accounts for the High Park Fire. Any sites that exist are not authorized.
No calls for evacuations or pre-evacuations have been placed within the city of Fort Collins or its immediate outskirts. Residents would be notified as soon as possible if fire conditions warranted.
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2:33pm (6/11) Update:

Based on the density of homes in the Rist Canyon area we believe approximately 100 structures have been damaged or destroyed. An unknown number of homes and structures have been damaged in other areas including Poudre Park, Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon.
There are many unburned areas within the perimeter of the fire, so residents should not assume their homes are damaged or destroyed.
An assessment and recovery team will be working to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties but it will take some time.
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11:09am (6/11) Update:

High Park Fire is currently at 36,930 acres with 0% containment. 2600 emergency notifications have been sent so far. These are notifications NOT homes.
Evacuation center has been moved from Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte to the Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Boulevard. This move was done because of the increasing smoke in the Laporte area.
Citizen briefing today at the Ranch at 3:00 p.m. Media briefings at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Briefings will be at Watson Lake Wildlife Area in Bellvue.
Type 1 management team assumed command of the fire this morning. Bill Hahnenberg is the Incident Commander.
Priorities today continue to be public/firefighter safety and structure protection.
Current evacuations include:
  • South of CR38E to Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road.
  • North of County Road 38E, from Horsetooth Reservoir to Redstone Canyon to Lory State park.
  • Bonner Peaks subdivision.
  • County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) from County Road 27 to Pennock Pass and residents to the south approximately 3/4-1 mile, you will need to exit the area by going east on County Road 44H/Buckhorn Road.
  • CR27E to Bellvue.
  • Areas south and west of Bellvue to include the Lory State Park area, the Redstone Canyon area and Buckhorn Road up to the Stove Prairie School.
  • Poudre Canyon from MM111 to MM118 on Highway 14. This means Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to MM118 is under mandatory evacuations.
  • The area between CR27E and Stove Prairie Road and south through the entire Rist Canyon area including Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road. South on CR44H 3 miles to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road.
  • Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road.
    Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road.
  • Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it.The Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Boulevard is the evacuation center. Large animals may be taken to the Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Blvd. There is still plenty of room for animals at the Ranch. The Larimer Humane Society has reached capacity for dogs. They have some room for cats and animals smaller than a goat. They are making arrangements with others for space. Call the Larimer Humane Society at ?? for further details.Evacuations are not expected to be lifted anytime soon.
Structures damaged:
  • 18 structures (a mix of homes and outbuildings) have been confirmed damaged at this time. We know this number will increase once crews get their surveys done.
  • Homes have been damaged or destroyed in parts of Rist Canyon, Stove Prairie, Old Flowers Road, and Paradise Road areas. Some structures have been damaged or destroyed in Poudre Park but we are not sure whether there were any homes.
  • There are many unburned areas within the perimeter of the fire, so residents should not assume their homes are damaged or destroyed.
  • An assessment and recovery team will be working to identify specific addresses of damaged or destroyed properties.
Injuries:
  • One firefighter was taken non-emergent by ambulance out of the area for heat exhaustion yesterday. There have been no other injuries reported at this time.
Road closures include:
  • Highway 14 from Ted’s Place to Stove Prairie Road
  • Highway 14 east of CR69
  • CR23 & Lodge Pole/Lory State Park
  • CR25E & CR54E
  • CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) south from Highway 14
  • CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) one mile south of CR44H (Buckhorn Road)
  • CR27 & CR38E
  • CR27 north of CR44H
  • CR38E and CR25E
  • CR44H (Buckhorn Road) west of CR27
  • CR52E (Rist Canyon Road) west of CR27E
  • CR52E (Rist Canyon Road) CR25E Bellvue
  • CR69 & Highway 14
  • Highway 287 was reopened this morning.
Resources on scene:
  • 400 ground and engine crews are fighting the fire. More resources will be arriving today.
  • 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 2 type 3 helicopters
  • 3 type 2 helicopters
  • 2 type 1 helicopters
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 5 heavy air tankers (there are only 9 available in the nation)
  • The Colorado National Guard is providing two Blackhawk helicopters for use today either for transport or bucket drops depending on the need.
Cause of fire:
Lightning is suspected to be the cause of the fire. Investigation still continues.
Weather:
Winds played a major role in the fire again last night driving the fire. Winds were 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40-45 mph. Winds should be lighter today which will hopefully help efforts to start some containment.
More information can be found at:
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org.
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9:39pm (6/10) Update:

High Park Fire is currently at 20,000 acres with 0% containment. 2600 emergency notifications have been sent so far. These are notifications NOT homes.
Evacuation center has been moved from Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte to the Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Boulevard. This move was done because of the increasing smoke in the Laporte area.
Citizen briefings tomorrow at the Ranch at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Media briefings at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. First briefing will be at Watson Lake Wildlife Area in Bellvue.
Type 1 management team began working this evening.
Current evacuations include:
  • South of CR38E to Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road.
  • North of County Road 38E, from Horsetooth Reservoir to Redstone Canyon to Lory State Park.
  • Bonner Peaks subdivision.
  • County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) from County Road 27 to Pennock Pass and residents to the south approximately 3/4-1 mile, you will need to exit the area by going east on County Road 44H/Buckhorn Road.
  • CR27E to Bellvue.
  • Areas south and west of Bellvue to include the Lory State Park area, the Redstone Canyon area and Buckhorn Road up to the Stove Prairie School.
  • Poudre Canyon from MM111 to MM118 on Highway 14. This means Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to MM118 is under mandatory evacuations.
  • The area between CR27E and Stove Prairie Road and south through the entire Rist Canyon area including Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road. South on CR44H 3 miles to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road.
  • Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road.
    Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road.
  • Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it.
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7:51pm (6/10) Update:

An evacuation order has been sent to residents south of CR38E on the south side of Horsetooth. This evacuation order has been issued for the area south of County Road 38E from Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road. The High Park Fire is moving rapidly in this direction (325 Notifications were sent).
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5:28pm (6/10) Update:

An evacuation order has been issued for the Crystal Mountain area including Crystal Mountain Road and the Upper Buckhorn. The burning pattern of the High Park Fire could potentially cut off exit routes for residents in this area and they should leave now while the roads are still passable. 24 notifications were sent.
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4:44pm (6/10) Update:

An evacuation order has been issued for the area North of County Road 38E, from Horsetooth Reservoir to Redstone Canyon to Lory State park. 326 emergency notifications were sent.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at Cache La Poudre Middle School, large animals and livestock can be taken to the Ranch at I25/Crossroads, and small domestic animals can be taken to the Larimer County Humane Society.
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3:49pm (6/10) Update:

The High Park Fire remains at 14,000+ acres and growing quickly. Containment is 0%. The fire has crossed over Highway 14 and is moving north. 1900 emergency notifications have been sent out in total.
More resources have been ordered including more hand crews, more engines, and more aircraft. Requests for aircraft are also being made to the military. We continue to compete with other fires for the resources.
Evacuations have been ordered for the Bonner Peaks subdivision. 183 emergency notifications were sent to this area. Evacuations have also been ordered for County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) from County Road 27 to Pennock Pass and residents to the south approximately 3/4-1 mile, you will need to exit the area by going east on County Road 44H/Buckhorn Road. 69 emergency notifications were sent to this area.
Highway 287 has been closed from the Bypass at County Road 54G up to Owl Canyon Road due to visibility issues from smoke.
Evacuations have gone well for the most part. Some residents have refused to leave.
There have been significant closures of Forest Service recreation areas in the Poudre Canyon as a result of the fire.
The hiker/campers thought to be in the fire area and missing have been reported outside of the fire area. One person has been confirmed missing from a home that was destroyed on Old Flowers Road.
In addition to the main priority of public and firefighter safety, there was some success in structure protection today including one residence that was on fire and was saved by firefighters.
No additional firefighter injuries have been reported so far.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org.
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12:00pm (6/10) Update:

The High Park Fire evacuation center at the Ranch is being closed.
All evacuees should go to Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte at 3515 West County Road 54G.
Citizen briefing at 3:00 p.m. at Cache La Poudre Middle School.
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11:33am (6/10) Update:

High Park Fire is now at 14,000 acres with 0% contained.
Residents on County Road 29C and McMurray Ranch Road are being asked to prepare for a possible evacuation. This is not an actual evacuation, however, if fire conditions worsen, they may be told to evacuate. 33 notifications sent.
Containment goals for today include attempting to contain fire within the following boundaries:
North of Buckhorn Road
East of Pingree Park Road
South of Highway 14
West of Boyd Gulch/Redstone Canyon
Highway 14 has road blocks at
Rustic (residents only)
Walden (gate is closed)
Stove Prairie (no access)
Ted’s Place (residents only if they live below MM118).
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11:23am (6/10) Update:

Residents on County Road 29C and McMurray Ranch Road are being asked to prepare for a possible evacuation. This is not an actual evacuation, however, if fire conditions worsen, you may be told to evacuate. 33 notifications sent.
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9:04am (6/10) Update:

Citizen briefings have been scheduled for 9:45 a.m. at Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte, and at 10:45 a.m. at the McKee building at the Ranch. Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom DeMint will be speaking.
Current evacuations include:
  • CR27E to Bellvue.
  • Areas south and west of Bellvue to include the Lory State Park area, the Redstone Canyon area and Buckhorn Road up to the Stove Prairie School.
  • Poudre Canyon from MM111 to MM118 on Highway 14. This means Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to MM118 is under mandatory evacuations.
  • The area between CR27E and Stove Prairie Road and south through the entire Rist Canyon area including Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road. South on CR44H 3 miles to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road
  • Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road.
    Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road.
  • Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it.
Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte and the McKee building at the Ranch are the evacuation centers. Large animals may be taken to the Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Blvd. Small animals may be taken to Larimer Humane Society.
Structures damaged:
  • 18 structures (a mix of homes and outbuildings) have been confirmed damaged.
Injuries:
  • One firefighter was taken non-emergent by ambulance out of the area for heat exhaustion yesterday.
Road closures include:
  • Highway 14 from Ted’s Place to Stove Prairie Road
  • CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) south from Highway 14
  • CR27 north of CR44H
  • CR44H (Buckhorn Road) west of CR27
  • CR52E (Rist Canyon Road) west of CR27E
Resources on scene:
250 ground and engine crews are fighting the fire. There are 15 engines and 3 water tenders on scene.
  • 2 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 2 type 3 helos
  • 2 type 1 helos
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 2 heavy air tankers
Cause of fire:
Investigators are on scene today to determine cause.
Weather:
Temperatures are expected to be lower today but probably impact the fire but will affect firefighter comfort. Humidity will be in the single digits. Winds are expected to be 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. The wind is driving the fire and at time is capable of moving at 1.5 miles per hour.
More information can be found at:
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where Information Officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org or calling 970-962-2170 if no internet access.
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5:50am (6/10) Update:

474 evacuation notices for the High Park Fire have been sent to residents in areas south and west of Bellvue to include the Lory State Park area, the Redstone Canyon area and Buckhorn Road up to the Stove Prairie School. Residents in this evacuation area need to evacuate to the McKee building on The Ranch property at I25 and Crossroads Blvd. Use the south entrance and park in the first gravel lot. Officals with the Red Cross will be there.
150 evacuation notices have been sent to residents from CR27E to Bellvue for the High Park Fire.
This follows the 177 notifications sent last night for Poudre Canyon from MM111 to MM118 on Highway 14. The entire Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie Road to Ted’s Place at Highway 287 is under mandatory evacuation.
  • Highway 14 is closed from Ted’s Place to Stove Prairie Road. Visitors should avoid this area.
  • Evacuation center is Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte.
  • Large animals and livestock can be taken to the Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Blvd. Smaller animals and pets may be taken to Larimer Humane Society.
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5:36am (6/10) Update:

New evacuations for Lory State Park area and Redstone canyon. New/additional evacuation and shelter center to be established at the McKee Building at the Ranch (I-25 and Crossoads next to the Budweiser Events Center). More details to follow shortly.
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11:31pm (6/9) Update:

We were going to do pre-evacuation notifications tonight for the Poudre Park to Boyd Gulch corridor along highway 14 in Poudre Canyon. Instead, we have determined that it would be prudent to evacuate tonight instead of tomorrow and to extend those evacuations further than first intended. The new evacacuations include the entire lower Poudre Canyon from Poudre Park down to the bottom of the canyon. These evacuations are being ordered at this time, essentially from mile marker 111 to 118 . This also includes down to the west side of Co. Rd. 27E. Highway 14 in Poudre Canyon is very shortly to be closed at Ted’s Place (the intersection of highways 287 and 14). Once again, the shelter for those needing a place to go is at Cache la Poudre Middle School on Co. Rd. 54G in LaPorte.
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10:42pm (6/9) Update:

High Park Fire is now at 8,000 acres with 0% containment.
  • 31 pre-evacuation notifications have been sent to residents of Poudre Park down to Kings Canyon Road/Boyd Gulch area along Highway 14. This is from mile marker 111 to 115 on Highway 14.
  • Residents in this area are asked to be prepared to evacuate. Evacuations may be necessary in the morning.
  • Type 1 management team will take over Monday morning.
High Park Fire Information Center will reopen tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.
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7:50pm (6/9) Update:

New Evacuations have been ordered for the area between CR27E and Stove Prairie Road and south through the entire Rist Canyon area including Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road. South on CR44H 3 miles to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road
A pre-evacuation alert for the area on Buckhorn Road between mile markers 25 and 27, including Cougar Dr, Cougar Den Place, Bighorn Drive and Moose Ridge Drive. Residents in this area are asked to be prepared to evacuate in the event that the High Park Fire moves to the east of where it is currently burning.
Previous evacuations include Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road.
Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road.
Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it.
Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte is the evacuation center. Large animals may be taken to the Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Blvd. Small animals may be taken to Larimer Humane Society.
10 structures (unknown type) have been confirmed damaged in and there is no update on the residents that are missing We are trying to confirm their location at this time. More detail on structure damage will be available when it is safer for firefighters to go into the area.
One firefighter was taken non-emergent by ambulance out of the area for heat exhaustion.
Road closures include:
  • CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) south from Highway 14
  • CR27 north of CR44H
  • CR44H (Buckhorn Road) west of CR27
  • CR52E (Rist Canyon Road) west of CR27E
200 ground and engine crews are fighting the fire including 4 Hotshot crews. There are 15 engines and 3 water tenders on scene. Current air resources include:
  • 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers)
  • 2 type 3 helos
  • 2 type 1 helos
  • Air Attack control plane
  • Lead plane
  • 2 heavy air tankers with 2 more on order
Large animals can be taken to the Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Blvd. Small animals can be taken to the Larimer Humane Society.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500, where Information Officers are answering the phone, or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org or calling 970-962-2170 if no internet access.
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3:51pm (6/9) Update:

New evacuations have been ordered for Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it.
Camman Springs recreation area campers have been asked to leave the area.
Current aircraft on scene includes:
  • 2 heavy air tankers, Air Attack command plane and a lead plane.
  • 2 heavy helicopters.
  • 1 type 3 helicopter.
  • 1 SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) and 1 on order.
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2:51pm (6/9) Update:

In addition to earlier evacuations the following area is now being evacuated: Paradise Park Road and Stove Prairie road, north to Rist Canyon Road, east to Spring Valley Road and south to include the Tip Top Road area.
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12:30pm (6/9) Update:

The High Park Fire is burning in the Paradise Park area of Larimer County, Buckhorn Road and Cougar Road area.
Evacuations for Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road have been ordered. This includes about 10 homes. In addition to emergency notifications, deputies are going door to door in the area. Previous evacuation area included Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road about 36 homes. The official Evacuation center is Cache La Poudre Middle School at 3515 West County Road 54G in Laporte.
High winds are fanning the fire. A single engine air tanker, Type 1 light helicopter, Type 3 helicopter and Air Attack Command plane are either on scene or have been ordered.
There are structures in the area. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Appears to be on both private and Forest Service land. A type 2 management team has been ordered.

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