The High Park Fire is now 100 percent contained and all evacuations have been lifted, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday.
Containment means there is a line around the entire fire zone. It does not mean the fire is out, so officials were asking residents to be vigilant about the high fire danger.
Officials also reopened all roads around the fire, including Highway 14 in Poudre Canyon, said Jim Toomey of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
Certain access and recreation restrictions will apply including:
-- The Pingree Park, Upper Buckhorn, Monument Gulch, and Rist Canyon neighborhoods will be restricted to residents only. Residents should be prepared to show identification at checkpoints. Monument Gulch residents are asked to enter using Pingree Park Road instead of Buckhorn Road.
-- In the lower Poudre Canyon (Hwy 287 to Pingree Park Road), recreational access is limited to river access only. Trailheads, campgrounds, and picnic areas remain closed. Hiking and dispersed camping is prohibited throughout the Lower Poudre Canyon.
-- In the upper Poudre Canyon, limited camping opportunities will begin Monday (7/2). Dispersed camping along Pingree Park Road is prohibited. Contact the U.S. Forest Service for specific information on closures and restrictions at www.fs.usda.gov/arp.
-- Fire danger remains very high. Larimer County and U.S. Forest Service fire restrictions remain in effect and citizens are reminded to be cautious and vigilant while in recreational areas.
-- Drivers should stay alert for frequent fire traffic, debris flows with ash from thunderstorms, rocks that have rolled onto roads, and other distracted drivers.
Evacuated subdivisions have been progressively reopened based on public safety considerations, officials said.
On 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.
2 More Homes Found Burned By Fire
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said two more homes were found Friday that burned in the fire. That brings the total of homes destroyed to 259.
The fire, west of Fort Collins, has burned 87,284 acres.
"Certainly the weather has helped quite a bit with the rain showers," said Incident Commander Beth Lund.
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 eight hand crews, 71 engines, four dozers and four water tenders.
There are also three helicopters helping firefighters from above.
Most remaining hotspots have nothing to burn around them for several hundred feet, Lund said.
Fire lines have managed to hold even through high winds on Friday.
"Things are looking good because of our suppression actions," said Fire Behavior Analyst Julia Sultens.
Sunday the Type 1 management team will dissolve into a Type 3 team made mostly of local authorities and led by Incident Commander Ken Paul.
That Type 3 team consists of 150 veteran firefighters, many from this fire, who are shadowing team leaders through the weekend, and who will work from CSUs Pingree Park campus rather than from Fort Collins. The Type 3 team will focus on mop-up activities and suppression rehabilitation.
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.pdf
High Park Fire Public Information Map, 6/21/2012: http://bit.ly/Makh0I
Photos and video from the National Guard of the High Park Fire are available at the following sites:
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
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