The High Park Fire in Larimer County has burned more than 46,000 acres and an estimated 100 buildings and the Larimer sheriff’s office said 1,000 firefighters were working the fire by Wednesday morning. It is the third largest wildfire in the state’s recent history. A 62-year-old woman was confirmed dead in the fire.
The fire, which is burning in the mountains about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, is now 10 percent contained with a fireline in place around the NE corner of the footprint, and efforts underway to complete one on the SE corner as well. Firefighters are focused on protecting structures to the north of the current burn area, and will let the fire burn to the west, where beetle-killed trees make conditions hazardous for their efforts.
Their have been more than 2,000 evacuation notifications and pre-notifications, including the area south of Larimer County Road 38E from Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road, according to the High Park Fire website. The area is located south and west of the Horsetooth Reservoir inlet. The fire is moving “rapidly” in the direction of the latest evacuation order area, fire officials warn. Larimer sheriff’s officials hope to lift some of the evacuation orders Tuesday, allowing some residents to return home.
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