(On June 11 we posted an update on the High Park fire which you can see HERE.)
UPDATE at 7:39 a.m. MT, June 10, 2012:
We have an updated map of the High Park Fire HERE.
UPDATE at 8:32 p.m. MT, June 9, 2012:
The High Park fire west of Fort Collins Colorado has burned or damaged at least 10 structures and approximately 5,000 acres. Many residents have been evacuated and 800 pre-evacuation notifications were sent out within the last few hours when the fire, burning from west to east, crossed County Road 27 south of the Stove Prairie School.
A Type 2 Incident Management team is responding and a Type 1 IMTeam was ordered late this afternoon.
Firefighters are worried about communication equipment and radio repeaters out ahead of the fire on Buckhorn Mountain. If the equipment there burns, it could have a negative effect on the radio communications on the fire. They were hoping to get some air tankers to drop some long term retardant around the site before dark, but it is unknown if they were able to get that done. There are three heavy air tankers working the fire, two CV 580s and one P2V.
A cold front is going to pass through the fire area after midnight bringing even stronger winds which will challenge firefighters. The winds will shift from west-southwest to west-northwest and blow with intensity after midnight and on Sunday. But the temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees cooler on Sunday.
The local fire and law enforcement personnel are doing a great job of providing information to the public about the fire and evacuations:
- Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (and their Twitter feed)
- Larimer County (and their Twitter feed)
Since these agencies have stepped up to the plate in such an outstanding manner, we will cut back on our coverage, and only post information that we don’t see covered elsewhere.
Scroll down to see maps of the High Park fire.
UPDATE at 5:09 p.m. MT, June 9, 2012: Satellite view of the High Point fire.
We posted some photos of the air tankers that are at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport, which is the retardant reload base for the fire, 48 miles away.
UPDATE at 3:53 p.m. June 9, 2012: The Larimer County Sheriff’s office is estimating the size of the fire at 2,000 to 3,000 acres.
UPDATED at 3:06 p.m., June 9, 2012 (updated map and estimated size)
2:40 p.m. MT, June 6, 2012
A fast moving fire 14 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado is forcing some residents to evacuate. The High Park Fire was first reported at 5:54 a.m. and the last official size estimate that was released had it at 200 acres. However, with my very rough estimates using the satellite detections of heat, it appears to be over 2,300 acres.
In listening to the radio traffic, an on-scene officer at 2:32 p.m. said the fire was “really running in the crowns” and it was moving to the northeast.
The Denver CBS TV station occasionally has live video of the fire.
The photo above was captured from this web cam at 2:29. On the image you can see the weather conditions, which was 95 degrees, 6 percent RH, and a wind speed of 2 with gusts up to 30.
Below is a map of the fire, showing heat detected by satellites at 1:42 MT today.
The Larimer County Sheriff Office web site lists some of the areas that are being evacuated.
The Rocky Mountain Coordination Center announced at about 1:30 p.m. today that their Type 2 Incident Management Team A is en route with an expected arrival time approximately 23 hours later, at noon on Sunday. This seems like a long response time for a team that is local to the geographic area. The Larimer County Sheriff web site reported at 2:30 p.m. that the IMTeam would assume command at noon on Sunday.
Some of the aerial resources include: 5 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) on scene or ordered; 2 Type 1 Helicopters; 2 Type 3 Helicopters; 2 Heavy Air Tankers and 2 more ordered; Air Attack; and a Lead Plane.
We will update this article with new information as it develops.