Sheriff: High Park Fire Has Destroyed 248 Homes

Fire Hits 83,205 Acres Sunday; 45% Containment

The High Park Fire has destroyed an estimated 248 homes and burned 130 square miles, Larimer County officials said Sunday night.

The latest 57 homes were destroyed when a firestorm swept through the Glacier View subdivision on Friday night and early Saturday morning, said Larimer County sheriff's Executive Officer Nick Christensen.

He said the new figures are initial tallies and they could rise or fall.

Forty-Nine of the destroyed homes were in the subdivision's12th filing, four were the ninth filing and four others were in the Deer Meadows area, he said.

"A positive is that a bulldozer line was put in place that likely saved hundreds of homes that could have been impacted," Christensen said. "The toll is very disappointing and very concerning, but it could have been much worse."

The wildfire burning in the foothills west of Fort Collins reached 83,205 acres as of Sunday night, officials said. The fire remained at 45 percent containment.

"We have good friends who lost their home," said Marlene Smith, who lives in Glacier View. "It’s just a house, but there’s a lot of love that goes into a house."

The High Park Fire has destroyed more homes than any wildfire in Colorado history. It's also the second largest wildfire in the state. The largest is the Hayman Fire, which burned 137,760 acres in 2002.

About 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze Sunday against high temperatures and a red flag warning for the third day in a row.

"Mother nature has not yet cooperated," Christensen said.

One of the main focuses of the firefighting effort is in Glacier View, where the homes were destroyed Friday and Saturday. All available resources were shifted to the area north of Poudre Canyon to assist with fire suppression efforts.

Firefighters had to abandon their structure protection efforts Friday, in the path of 220 foot flames from a finger of the main fire that crossed the Poudre River.

Fire crews had been working for many days to improve structure protection in residential areas north of the Poudre River, which included deploying sprinklers and removing fuels around houses. The fire spread northeast through the 12th filing of Glacier View and Star View Drive and burned a preliminary estimate of 10 structures. Officials said more structures were lost Saturday.

Extreme fire weather conditions continue through Sunday, and residents of the fire area are encouraged to stay vigilant. The sheriff asked for the continued patience of those who have been evacuated from the area and those who run their businesses in the evacuated area, noting that the fire still has a lot of potential to grow.

EVACUATION INFORMATION

-- At 11:30 a..m on 6/24 fire officials issued an all-clear for residents on Kings Canyon Rd, Unger Mountain Rd, Smith Bridge Rd, Manners Ln, and residents living on Hwy 14 from Kings Canyon Rd west to the Grey Rock Trail Head. Residents will need to show identification with proof of address at the Hwy 14/County Rd 29C roadblock in order to obtain a pass to enter the area. Passes will be issued starting at noon today, June 24th. Residents are reminded to drive with caution in the area as fire crews continue to work the fire.

-At 11:53 p.m. on 6/22 Fire officials issued PRE-evacuation orders for the Bonner Peak area, including the area from Springs Ranch Road on Hwy 287, north to CR76H, west to CR37, south to CR74E, south to CR74E and back east to Hwy 287.

- PRE-evacuation notifications sent to residents along Colorado Highway 14 from the Pingree Park Road on 6/19, west to Glen Echo (mile marker 90), and north on CR69 to Goodell Corner. The pre-evacuation notice was issued in response to a new spot fire north of Highway 14 along the northwest fire perimeter. The Shoreline Drive area is also in a pre-evacuation.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the following areas:

-At 7:43 p.m. on 6/22 Fire officials issued evacuation orders for residents along County Road 74E from Hewlett Gulch Road east to County Road 37. (6 contacts) -At 7:15 p.m. Fire officials issued an immediate evacuation along Highway 14 from Hewlett Rd and Wild River Rd, east on Hwy 14 to include Falls Creek Dr, all of Poudre Park, Wonderful Place, Ray Shoaf Lane and east to Manners Lane. This includes all homes addressed on the north and south sides of Hwy 14 between Hewlett Rd and Manners Ln. Evacuees are asked to go to Cache la Poudre Middle School and use 80c as the egress road. (159 contacts)

-An evacuation order was issued at 2 p.m. on 6/22 for all of Glacier View, including Kelly Flats Road. Traffic on 74 E is one way to the east. No westbound traffic is allowed past Mile Marker 1. This includes all residents of Glacier View filings 1-8, homes north of County Road 74E to include Green Mountain Dr, Mount Axtell Dr., Mount Moriah Rd., Mount Simon Dr., and all connecting roadways in that area. Residents should evacuate to the Cache la Poudre Middle School at 3515 West County Road 54G LaPorte, Colo. (733 contacts)

-Mandatory evacuation orders were issued on 6/17 for residents in the Hewlett Gulch subdivision area. The area runs from the Glacier View 9-12 filings (already evacuated) east to the Hewlett Gulch Trail, north to CR 74E and south to HWY 14.

-An evacuation order for the 9th, 10th and 11th filings of Glacier View, to include the area west from Eiger Road to Rams Horn Mountain Road and north from the Mount Blanc Guardian Peak area to the north end of Mount Everest Drive, was issued. Evacuations were also ordered along Many Thunders Road and south into the 12th Filing of Glacier View. The road block is located at Eiger and Many Thunders Mountain Road. An additional roadblock is located at Green Mountain Drive at CR 74E.

-Pingree Park Road, Hourglass and Comanche reservoirs, east on Buckhorn Road up to and including Pennock Pass, NE to junction with Stove Prairie and Hwy 14; West to junction with Highway 15 and Pingree Park Road.

-County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) from County Road 27 to Pennock Pass and residents to the south approximately 3/4 - 1 mile.

-Areas south and west of Bellvue to include the Lory State Park area, the Redstone Canyon area and Buckhorn Road up to the Stove Prairie School.

-Poudre Canyon from MM111 to MM114 on Highway 14. (Stove Prairie to Hewlett Gulch Trail)

-The area between CR 27E and Stove Prairie Road and south through the entire Rist Canyon area including Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road.

-South on County Road 44H 3 miles to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road, Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road.

-Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road.

-Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off it.

- Otter Road off of CR 27 (not a new notice; additional listing for clarification).

-King's Canyon area and Boyd Gulch Road

-Satanka Cove

Road Closures

Redfeather Lakes Road (74E) is closed from 287 to Boy Scout Ranch Road (68C).

Residents only can make it to MM1 on 74E.

Residents of Redfeather Lakes can travel west by taking 68C to 69 and West on Hwy 14.

Redfeather residents can travel east by taking 67J (Prairie Drive) north to 80C (Cherokee Park Rd). These are windy dirt roads and it should be noted that 82E is a jeep road.

Hwy 14 is open from Ted's place to 29C. Beyond 29C, Hwy 14 is open to King's Canyon Road for residents only. Hwy 14 is closed to everyone from King's Canyon Road to Gould.

High Park Now 2nd Largest In State History

The High Park Fire, which has destroyed more homes than any wildfire in Colorado history, became the second largest Colorado wildfire by size on Saturday. It has burned 82,114 acres -- or 128 square miles -- in the foothills west of Fort Collins.

It surpassed the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire, which burned 70,485 acres in the Durango area, according to the Colorado State Forest Service.

The largest fire by far in the state was the Hayman Fire, which burned 137,760 acres across Douglas, Jefferson, Park, and Teller counties in 2002, during a severe Colorado drought.

View Larger High Park Fire Map | Google Earth Infrared Map: http://tinyurl.com/8y95l2x

Additional Resources:

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:

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conationalguard/sets/72157630072014657/

DVIDs: http://www.dvidshub.net/tags/video/high-park-fires#.T-IU7hfDf3R

Help Firefighters

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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