11:13am

Fri June 29, 2012
Wildfires

Full Containment Expected on High Park Fire Saturday [Updated]

Crews are making good progress on the High Park Fire, with full containment expected at the end of Saturday. Incident Commander Beth Lund says the last place needing work is on the southwest parameter of the fire, near Buckhorn Road.

“We’re trying to make sure that fire line is secure. So folks are working diligently to turn the soil over, wet the fuels and make sure,” she said during a morning briefing.

Containment stands at 85 percent.

1:30 p.m.

Fire officials lifted all of the pre-evacuation notices in the High Park Fire area. 

This affects pre-evacuation notices only. 

The following full evacuations remain in effect:

  • Areas accessed from Pingree Park Road (CR63E)
  • Areas accessed from Old Flowers Road (CR52E) west of the 8000 block
  • Areas accessed from Buckhorn Road (CR44H)
  • Areas accessed from Hwy 14 between Mishiwaka and Eggers

11:15 a.m.

On Friday Larimer County officials also announced that assessors have identified 2 additional homes destroyed by the High Park Fire, bringing the total to 259.

Meantime, evacuees in the 12th filing of Glacier View are returning at 12 p.m. today. Evacuation orders are still in effect in the area west of Mishawaka, Pingree Park and upper Buckhorn Canyon.

John Schulz with the Larimer County Sheriff’s office says crews will evaluate those areas tomorrow morning for reoccupation.

Lund says after full containment on the High Park Fire Saturday night, efforts will transition from Type I to a Type III incident on Sunday morning.

About 1,100 personnel were working on the fire as of Friday morning, but many are expected to be dispatched to new fires that have started in Western Colorado and Wyoming.