248 homes now destroyed in High Park Fire
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – Incident commanders now estimate the High Park Fire has burned 83,205 acres and destroyed approximately 248 homes in Larimer County, with 57 additional homes being confirmed destroyed Sunday.
Containment of the fire slipped from 60-percent to 45-percent last week as 1,923 crew members continue to battle the two-week-old blaze west of Fort Collins. It’s the second largest fire in Colorado history.
The 57 additional homes that were lost all came from the Glacier View subdivision. That runs the total count of structures lost in the fire to 248.
New evacuation orders were issued for residents north of the fire Friday as extreme heat and winds pushed the flames northwest. Hot temperatures over the weekend have not mad things any easier on firefighters.
The fire’s estimated containment date is July 30, but Incident Commander Bill Hahnenber stressed that any such date issued has to be considered fluid.
“We can have an estimated containment date, but it all depends on what Mother Nature does to us,” Hahnenberg said.
A total of 998 emergency evacuations were issued Friday.
One person has died in the fire.
Residents who live in areas where property damage has been confirmed can call 970-619-4086 to find out the status of their home. This phone line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. from 5:00 p.m. until further notice and messages can be left.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff.
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org.
Evacuation and recovery centers are currently set up on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall and at Cache la Poudre Middle School.
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