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The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said two more homes have been found burned in the High Park Fire.That brings the total of homes destroyed to 259 in the fire near Fort Collins.The new homes were found in the Glacier View Filing 12 area.Residents of that area are being allowed home at noon on Friday.The High Park Fire is now 85 percent contained and will likely be fully contained on Saturday night, said Incident Commander Beth Lund.Containment means there is a line around the entire fire zone. It does not mean the fire is out."Certainly the weather has helped quite a bit with the rain showers," Lund said.
Evacuated subdivisions are progressively being reopened based on public safety considerations, officials said.In the last 48 hours, thousands of evacuated residents have been allowed to return home to the Rist Canyon area, the Glacier View area and some neighborhoods along Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E), Highway 14, Stove Prairie Road and Redstone Canyon Road.Friday afternoon all pre-evacuation orders were canceled for the High Park Fire area.Local fire stations are being re-staffed to support emergency response within their districts, officials said.Evacuation orders remain in place for the following areas:-- Areas accessed from Pingree Park Road (CR63E) -- Areas accessed from Old Flowers Road (CR52E) west of the 8000 block -- Areas accessed from Buckhorn Road (CR44H) -- Areas accessed from Hwy 14 between Mishiwaka and Eggers
Fire officials said there may be people claiming to be able to obtain information on structure damage for a fee.The only official source for obtaining information on damage to structures is by calling 970-619-4086, officials said on Inciweb.
Fighting The Fire
After having more than 2,000 firefighting personnel on the fire earlier this week, that number has since dropped to about 1,100.Lund explained that the fire fighting resources are being moved to new fires including one burning near Grand Junction and another in Wyoming.Equipment resources include: 12 hand crews, 79 engines, 9 dozers and 12 water tenders.There are 6 helicopters helping firefighters from above.Much of the fire shows no smoke, but substantial heat remains throughout the fire zone, officials said Thursday. Firefighters are searching out remaining hotspots throughout the fire and putting them out. Boyd Lebeda of Colorado State Forestry gave supervisors a baseball analogy: "Weve pitched a great game now we have to get these last outs."
The High Park Fire has burned 87,284 acres and is 85 percent contained.Officials believe a lightning strike on June 6 smoldered for days then ignited the fire on June 9.At least 259 homes have been destroyed in the foothills west of Fort Collins.The containment date was moved from July 30 to July 15 then June 30.The cost of fighting the fire so far is $36.4 million.
View Larger High Park Fire Map | Google Earth Infrared Map: http://tinyurl.com/8y95l2x
Burn map and inventory of structures: http://larimer.org/highparkfire/highpark_0622_0130.pdfHigh Park Fire Public Information Map, 6/21/2012: http://bit.ly/Makh0IPhotos and video from the National Guard of the High Park Fire are available at the following sites: Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conationalguard/sets/72157630072014657/ DVIDs: http://www.dvidshub.net/tags/video/high-park-fires#.T-IU7hfDf3R
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.poudre-fire.org