Wildfires

8:25am

Wed June 13, 2012
Wildfires

High Park Fire: Day 5 Updates

Dave Dennis KUNC

Editor's NoteThe High Park Fire started on Saturday, June 9th. Winds and high temperatures helped the fire rapidly spread. The blaze has grown from an initial 8,000 acres by the end of Saturday to an announced 46,820 acres by the end of Wednesday. You can review our timeline of the fire in the High Park Fire archive.

This post archives all updates from Wednesday, June 13th. Updates for Thursday, June 14th can be found at this post.

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7:32am

Wed June 13, 2012

2:55pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Environment

A Look At High Park Fire’s Air Fleet

This so-called sky crane or snorkel helicopter is one of the most complex pieces of machinery used to fight the High Park Fire. It has a hose that sucks up to 2,600 gallons of water to drop over hot spots.
Grace Hood

The Fort Collins-Loveland Airport is playing a key role in the efforts to fight the High Park Fire. The small commuter airport located between the two cities is a landing and refueling place for single engine air tankers and helicopters. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Jefferson County is the base for heavy air tankers.

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2:30pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Wildfires

No Frequent Flyer Miles To Pay For US Forest Service Air Tankers

P2-V air tanker lands at Fox Field in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA
Rennett Stowe Flickr - Creative Commons

Heavy firefighting air tankers are one of the most visible resources being used to fight the High Park Fire. The cost to fly and maintain the large aircraft is not cheap, and will continue to increase as the fire remains relatively uncontained.

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1:03pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Wildfires

High Park Fire's Unusual Behavior Makes Containment Difficult

High Park Fire burning in Fort Collins
Dave Dennis KUNC

The High Park Fire has scorched more than 43,443 and is only 5% percent contained. Fire mangers say part of the difficulty in fighting the fire is because the fire itself isn’t behaving in a typical fashion.

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