High Park Fire Evening Update: June 22 at 9:30 PM (#HighParkFire)

Evening Update for the High Park Fire Issued 062212 at 9:30 p.m. by High Park Fire Public Information Officer

The High Park Fire is estimated at 69,543 acres with 45% containment.  The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $25.5 million dollars.  The fire personnel increased to 1,879, with 18 helicopters (includes 3 Blackhawks), 11 bulldozers and 135 engines fighting the fire at this time with a 24-hour work schedule still in place.

Additional emergency evacuations were ordered to include all residents of filings 1 through 8 in Glacier View, homes north of County Rd 74E to include Green Mountain Dr., Mount Axtell Dr., Mount Moriah Rd., Mount Simon Dr. and all connecting roadways in that area.  An additional evacuation was issued 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.  Fire officials also included an emergency evacuation order for residents along County Road 74E from Hewlett Gulch Road east to County Road 37.  Residents should evacuate to Cache La Poudre middle school at 3515 W. CR54G in Laporte.  This is a total of 998 emergency evacuations sent out today.

The Buckhorn repeater and communications tower were threatened and multiple campgrounds and recreation sites are closed to public use.  Stove Prairie Elementary School is threatened at this time and numerous other subdivisions remain under mandatory evacuations.

Residents of Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes are asked to use Cherokee Park Road (CR 80C) to access their residences as County Road 74E is closed at Mile Marker 1.  However, residents can go south on Boy Scout Ranch Road to Hwy. 14 and go west on Hwy 14.

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

Fire Behavior:
A spot fire across the Poudre Canyon on the north side of the fire became established and made a major run to the north, threatening several subdivisions.  Field assessments are being conducted to determine the extent of fire spread, values at risk, and appropriate actions.  A Red Flag Warning has been issued from 1200 (noon) Friday, June 22nd through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23rd.  Fire has become established north of the Poudre River and is spreading to the east.  Large, unburned interior islands continue to pose threats to homes on the interior of the fire.

The fire continues to spread west into steep, inaccessible areas with beetle killed timber on the west and northwest portions of fire.  A long term planning group is continuing to assess and develop contingencies and MAPs for this area.  The burn area is located within a watershed that supplies several municipalities.  Potential long term impacts from the fire include evacuations, security needs, air quality, and recreation use.

A Red Flag Warning began at noon today, ending Saturday evening.  Fire activity is expected to increase during the Red Flag Warning.  At this time, winds are pushing the fire to the east and the northeast.
Structures Damaged:
The total of homes destroyed to date is 191.  An unconfirmed preliminary report indicates that 4 to 10 more structures may be destroyed with the increase in fire activity today.  The number of structures and outbuildings reported lost may increase as official verifications and confirmations are completed.

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.  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):
The daily citizen briefing has been changed to 5:00 p.m. at The Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Blvd.

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 http://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:

Additional Information/Resources:
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.  However, beginning Monday, June 25th, the center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday hours will remain the same. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.safety.colostate.edu.

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

Julie M. Berney
Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office