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High Park Fire: Minute by Minute Update

At this hour here is what we know.

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From the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department:

  • The High Park Fire is at 36,930 acres with 0% Containment
  • The Evacuation Center has been moved to the Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Blvd.
  • Priorities today are public/firefighter safety and structure protection

current evacuations:

  • 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.

Animal relocation:

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 970-226-3647 for further details.

Property Loss:

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 has been taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. No other injuries have been reported.

road closures: (one road has reopened)

  • 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.

Other vital information:

  • As the investigation continues, preliminary reports indicate that the fire was caused by lightening.
  • There will be a citizen meeting today at that Ranch at 3pm
  • Evacuations are not expected to be lifted anytime soon.

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