Woodland Heights Fire Information: June 24 (#WoodlandHeightsFire)

Information from the Woodland Heights Fire Public Information Officer

Issued June 24 at 2:20 p.m.

Due to the hard work of the firefighters and responding agencies, the Woodland Heights fire was isolated to one neighborhood in Estes Park.  The community is open for business.
Firefighters continue to work in the fire area to achieve containment.  The last estimated containment was 75 percent.  An additional destroyed structure was identified today, an outbuilding, bringing the total current confirmed structure loss to 22.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Utility crews are working in the area to restore services.One firefighter was taken for medical treatment yesterday due to a pre-existing condition and is in stable condition.

Woodland Heights Fire evacuee-only meeting tonight at 8 p.m. at the Estes Park High School, 1600 Manford Ave.  Updates on projected reentry information will be provided.The Red Cross shelter is available at Estes Park High School, 1600 Manford Ave. Evacuees should sign up for emergency notifications at www.leta911.org to receive updates regarding meetings and reentry information.

No media tours have been scheduled yet due to continued work by fire and utility crews in the area.

Donations to the victims can be made at www.redcross.org.Estes Park Soaring Eagles is working with the Town of Estes Park to collect donations for victims and firefighters of the Woodland Heights Fire and the High Park Fire.Please drop off donations by Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the following locations:

Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. (outside Administration, Room 150) 8a.m. - 5p.m., Monday-Friday.
The Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave. (outside the Ticket Booth). Daily, 7a.m.-7 p.m.
Items accepted: Basic Home First Aid Supplies, Sunscreen, Diapers Adult and Baby, Wipes, Silverware, Paper cups and Paper Plates, Trash Bags, Gloves, Shovels, Tarps (new), Personal Hygiene Items, Non-Perishable Foods, New Tube Socks, Gel Inserts for Boots, Boot Laces, New Packaged Underwear, Animal Foods, Small Notepads, Pens, Laundry and cleaning supplies, N-95 Masks.

June 22 - Morning Update

The Woodland Heights fire started Saturday, June 23rd in Larimer County that also extended to the town of Estes Park at High Drive near the junction of Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 66, near Rocky Mountain National Park, just north of the Beaver Meadows entrance station. There were 20 homes and 1 structure destroyed and the fire covered an estimated 20 acres. There were no additional structures lost throughout the night and the fire did not enter Rocky Mountain National Park.

The initial 911 call came in on Saturday, June 23rd at 11:55 a.m. and crews were on scene by 12:04 p.m.
There was an evacuation ordered from High Drive west to the Rocky Mountain National Park border and that evacuation order is still in place. Evacuees have been directed to the Estes Park High School at 1600 Manford Avenue where a citizen's briefing will be held at 11:00 a.m. and the media will be addressed afterward.

The fire is currently 75 percent contained and the Estes Park Fire Chief is reassessing the containment today. The fire crew hit this fire hard and gained a lot of control but citizens should be aware that the fire is still burning and they need to be vigilant. Crews are doing mop up operations and worked on hot spots throughout the night. Estes Park Light and Power is working on power lines and service to the evacuated area at this time. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. 

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