Coverage Of The High Park Fire – UPDATED
Update for the High Park Fire 6/21/12 @ 10:00 a.m.
NOTE: This fire is NOT in Estes Park, it is burning west of Fort Collins.
The High Park Fire is estimated at 68,200 acres with 55% containment. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $19.6 million dollars. There are 1,978 fire personnel, 18 helicopters and 135 engines fighting the fire at this time with a 24-hour work schedule in place.
Residents of Poudre Park will be allowed to return on Thursday, 6/21/2012, after 12:00 pm (noon). Credentials will be required and must be obtained at the checkpoint at Highway 14 and County Road 29C. A mandatory meeting for all Poudre Park residents will be held at the fire station or community center (depending on the number of attendees) at 7 p.m. tonight, 6/21/2012. The reintegration process will be discussed at that time.
· NOTE: This evacuation lift does NOT include Unger Mountain Road, Falls Gulch Road and King’s Canyon Road (Boyd Gulch Road)
Utility companies are working in areas to re-establish power where it is safe to do so. They will be in areas where they can make permanent fixes, not in areas where there is a re-evacuation or high fire activity.
It should be noted that yesterday, June 19th, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners added additional fire restrictions on Open Fires, Contained Open Fires and the Sale and Use of Fireworks and Public Fireworks Displays for the unincorporated areas of Larimer County through September 30, 2012. For additional details on the fire ban, please see the following link:www.larimer.org/news/newsDetail.cfm?id=1574
There are roaming patrols, National Guard personnel and video surveillance being used to ensure that residences in the burn area remain safe and are not targets of looting.
Today crews will continue to patrol and mop up the east, north and south flanks where containment lines have been completed. With the interior, structure protection remains in place, and crews will continue to look for and extinguish any hotspots that are found near structures and along the perimeter of the unburned islands. Structure protection also remains in place for the communities of Glacier View and Rustic.
On the southeast flank, near Redstone Canyon, crews have made good progress building containment line and will be working to mop up along the perimeter. On the west side, crews will continue to look for opportunities to manage the fire and confine it to an area south of Highway 14, east of Pingree Park Road and north of Old Flowers Road. If weather conditions allow, burnout operations may be conducted to eliminate the fuels between the roads and current fire perimeter.
Today’s weather will provide favorable conditions for fire suppression efforts. Temperatures will range from 78 to 85 degrees with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Relative humidity of 15 to 20 percent is expected on the west side of the fire with slightly higher humidity to the east. A fire weather watch is in effect for Friday from noon until 10:00 p.m. Hot and dry weather is expected for Friday through the weekend.
The total of homes destroyed to date is 189, but we anticipate this number could go up once the final assessment is complete.
Officials are informing homeowners about fire damage as that information becomes available and the priority will be getting this information to residents first. As more assessments are made and information becomes available, residents will be notified by subdivision at the daily citizen briefings. Areas still evacuated are being evaluated to determine when residents may re-enter. Factors being considered before lifting an evacuation include fire activity, utility repair, emergency traffic in the area, and road hazards such as falling rocks and trees. Formal assessment of structures is a methodical process and will continue for at least a couple of weeks. Some areas are still inaccessible due to fire activity and road hazards.
Resident Information (Meetings, Evacuation Notices and Evacuation Lift Notices):
1. Daily citizen briefings will continue to be held at 3:00 p.m. at The Ranch
2. A mandatory meeting for all Poudre Park residents will be held at the fire station or community center (depending on the number of attendees) at 7 p.m. tonight, 6/21/2012
3. Residents of the Upper Poudre Canyon will have a meeting this afternoon at 12:00 noon at the Poudre Canyon Chapel.
4. Fire officials issued an all-clear for Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon Estates effective at 10 am yesterday, June 20th. All residents are asked to remain on alert. If fire conditions worsen, this area may be required to evacuate again. Power has been restored to this area.
5. Fire officials also issued an all-clear for the Hewlett Gulch area (effective at 12:15 p.m. yesterday) that is south and east of McNay Hill, south of County Road 74E, which includes Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area. We are asking residents in this area to please stay off roadways between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. when fire crews are changing shifts so that roadways are open to allow for the shift change to be completed. This evacuation lift does NOT include the 9th-12th Filings of Glacier View, which is still under a mandatory evacuation.
6. Residents in the area south of Horsetooth have been allowed back in. This is Milner Ranch Road to Gindler Ranch. This is NOT to be confused with the Stratton Park area, which is still under evacuation.
7. A spot fire in the NW corner of the fire (over Poudre Canyon Road/HWY 14) triggered a Pre-Evacuation for the Rustic area on Tuesday. Fire officials have issued a new pre-evacuation order for the area of Hwy 14 from the Pingree Park Road west to approximately mile marker 90, just west of the Glen Echo Resort. Residents in this area need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This includes a road called Rustic Road, which runs south off of Hwy 14 (just west of Glen Echo). Residents in this area need to evacuate west on Hwy 14 to Walden, if a mandatory evacuation becomes necessary.
Road Closure Information:
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office now has a webpage dedicated to road closures due to the High Park Fire. Visit the link larimersheriff.org/site-page/high-park-fire-road-information for more information.
Photo and Video Links:
Photos and Video from the National Guard of the High Park Fire are available at the following sites:
Larimer County has opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall. The center is open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building. For more information, please visit their website at www.safety.colostate.edu.
Effective June 20, 2012: Eagle’s Nest Open Space is OPEN to the public.
Effective June 20, 2012: County Road 23 (aka Centennial Drive), on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir is OPEN. This includes Sunrise Swim Beach and other day use areas on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone during the day and evening, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff or Inciweb atwww.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
Find out if your loved ones are safe here (United Way Safe and Well Registry):
For the latest updated map of the High Park Fire, check out this link:
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org.
For Public Health Advisories regarding wildfires, see “Wildfires and Your Health” at www.larimer.org