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High Park Fire -Thursday Update [5:00 a.m.]

High Park Fire near Horsetooth Reservoir
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The strong smell of smoke is in the air this morning all along the Front Range. A WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORY is in effect for areas north northwest to north northeast of the High Park Fire to the Wyoming state line and south southeast along the Front Range. Cities include, but are not limited to Poudre Park, Livermore, Ft Collins, Longmont, Loveland, Boulder, and Greeley.  The High Park Fire is now at 46,820 acres with 10% containment.

Larimer County will open the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Friday morning, June 15th at 7am at Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. The DRC, a partnership between Larimer County, the State Department of Local Affairs, and Colorado State University will provide a one-stop opportunity for victims of the High Park Fire to receive services and obtain information on County, State, and CSU services

Here is the latest info according to a press release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department:

  • There are 1263 personnel working the fire.
  • 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 yesterday. 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.
  • Todayis expected to be a little cooler with relative humidity 14-18%.

To Help or to Volunteer

Call 2-1-1 or call the Larimer County United Way at (970) 407-7066 or HelpColoradoNow.org

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 larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb .

Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email at www.leta911.org .

 

 

 

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