The Hewlett Fire, burning since Monday iin the Poudre Canyon, is now 85% contained. All evacuations and the Highway 14 road closure were lifted as of 7 pm Friday. Everyone is reminded that there is still fire burning, and to expect firefighters and firefighting equipment in the area. Drive slowly; watch out.

The Hewlett Fire was reported Monday afternoon 5/14/12 on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest. The fire is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins, 10 miles west of the junction of Hwy 14 and Hwy 287 near the Hewlett Gulch Trail in the Poudre Canyon.

Friday firefighters made good progress bringing containment to 85% with minimal fire spread. According to an infrared flight last night, the fire is 7,689 acres.

There are 592 personnel working the fire. Air resources are assigned to the fire Saturday but may be hampered by weather. The fire had recieved 0.15″ of rain before 7 a.m. yesterday.