High Park Fire: Day 1 Updates
The High Park Fire is burning just west of Fort Collins & Loveland. The fire is 8,000 acres and 0% contained. The fire has also impacted the KUNC transmitter site at Buckhorn Mtn. 91.5fm is off the air currently.
Editor's Note: The High Park Fire was reported early on June 9th, with the first signs of smoke and coverage beginning in mid-afternoon. Winds and high temperatures help spread the fire rapidly, including crown fire. The High Park Fire is currently 8,000 acres and 0% contained. This post archives all of our updates for the first day of the fire. KUNC remains off the air on 91.5fm, new updates have moved to this post.
From the Inciweb page:
At 11:10 P.M. an evacuation alert has been sent to the Poudre Park (along Highway 14) area from mile marker 111 to mile marker 118 (Kings Canyon/Boyd Gulch area). (31 notifications). Additionally Highway 14 from Ted's Place to Stove Prairie is closed, as well as Stove Prairie Road and Rist Canyon.
Update 10:37pm via the Larimer Sheriff on Twitter
Update on the transmitter site at Buckhorn Mtn.: The fire has not reached the towers yet but it is making a good push up the hill. There is one line of fire retardant that has been dropped but no ground forces to fight the fire.
We have also received a picture of the fire as seen from Terry Lake north of Fort Collins, the lead picture on this post has been updated with it. Click on the picture to see a bigger view.
Currently the fire is 5,000 acres and at 0% containment. 10 structures have been damaged.
Brian Larson sent along this audio of Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith talking about the fire’s spread and where they think it will reach…
Smith also spoke to the difficulty in getting air and ground resources for this fire due to the fact that there is a competing major wildfire in New Mexico.
Update 8:35pm via the Larimer Sheriff on Twitter
The North Park Fire is currently 5,000 acres and 0% contained.
Via Larimer County Emergency page:
New Evacuations have been ordered for the area between CR27E and Stove Prairie Road and south through the entire Rist Canyon area including Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road. South on CR44H 3 miles to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road A pre-evacuation alert for the area on Buckhorn Road between mile markers 25 and 27, including Cougar Dr, Cougar Den Place, Bighorn Drive and Moose Ridge Drive. Residents in this area are asked to be prepared to evacuate in the event that the High Park Fire moves to the east of where it is currently burning. Previous evacuations include Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road. Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000-block of Old Flowers Road. Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it. Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte is the evacuation center. Large animals may be taken to the Ranch at I-25 & Crossroads Blvd. Small animals may be taken to Larimer Humane Society.
The fire is now at 5,000 acres and has threatened the transmitter site at Buckhorn Mountain. Both Larimer emergency services and KUNC use this site. We do not have any information on if the site has been damaged by the fire or if power has failed due to the fire. KUNC is currently off the air on 91.5fm.
Update 6:17pm via North Forty News on Twitter
It should also be noted, KUNC's main transmitter site is also on Buckhorn Mtn. We are watching this situation very closely.
The Larimer Sheriff has confirmed that six structures have been lost in the Stove Prairie area and others are threatened by the fire. From the sheriff:
A pre-evacuation alert for the area on Buckhorn Road between mile markers 25 and 27, including Cougar Dr, Cougar Den Place, Bighorn Drive and Moose Ridge Drive. Residents in this area are asked to be prepared to evacuate in the event that the High Park Fire moves to the east of where it is currently burning.
According to North Forty News the fire is moving east and has crossed Stove Prairie Road (CR27).
7News is reporting that six structures have been destroyed and the fire is at 0% containment. Fire is still reported between 2,000 and 3,000 acres. Additionally, a P2V Neptune air tanker has been brought in to assist with the fire. It is tanker 44, a picture can be found at Wikipedia.
Update 5:40pm via North Forty News on Twitter
From the High Park Fire incident page:
New evacuations have been ordered for Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it.
The evacuation center is located at the Cache la Poudre Middle School at 3315 W County Road 54G in Laporte. Small animals can go to the Larimer County Humane Society and large animals can go to The Ranch. The information line is 970-498-5500.
The High Park Fire is still estimated to be between 2,000 to 3,000 acres. Here is a pretty dramatic time lapse shot from a satellite provided by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) University of Wisconsin - Madison on Twitter:
Update 3:52pm via the Larimer Sheriff on Twitter
The fire continues to be fueled by wind and growth potential remains high. Multiple crews are on scene, including air resources on scene and ordered including: 5 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT); 2 Type 1 Helitankers; 2 Type 3 Helicopters; 2-4 Heavy Air Tankers; Air Attack; and Lead Plane.
According to North Forty News, the fire is moving North and East.
Update 3:18pm via the Larimer Sheriff on Twitter
In addition to the original evacuation, there are additional areas now. Evacuations include: Paradise Park north to Old Flowers Road; Stove Prairie Road both sides from Paradise Road noth to Highway 14; Rist Canyon Road east from Stove Prairie to Rist Canyon to Fire Station 1; Stratton Park Subdivision and Road; County Road 41 south of 52E; Spring Valley Road south of Rist Canyon Road.
The evacuation area is growing, more details expected soon. The evacuation center is located at the Cache la Poudre Middle School at 3315 W County Road 54G in Laporte. The information line is 970-498-5500.
To recap, the High Park Fire is burning north of the Buckhorn area and West of Stove Prairie Road which is in the vicinity of the main KUNC transmitter site.
High winds are a factor with the fire and have led to evacuations. Evacuations include Paradise Parke Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane, Spencer Mountain Road and Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 800 block of Old Flowers Road.
Local news channels are streaming live coverage of the fire. We've updated our lead picture with a screencap courtesy of 7News.
Pictures are pouring in via social media. We've collected a few in a Storify below beginning with the earliest pictures and continuing on as the fire developed. We've tried to collect a few of the fire as viewed from other locations as well.
The Larimer Sheriff has closed Stove Prairie Road and Old Flowers Road is being evacuated from Stove Prairie Road to the 8000 block of Old Flowers.
The Larimer Sheriff has stated that roads in area are closing and are for residents only. This includes Rist Canyon Road.
The High Park Fire is still reported at 200 acres. Channel 7 Denver has setup a live stream of the fire from the house of reporter Major King in Fort Collins. You can find the web stream here.
Update 1:03pm Via Steve Segin on Twitter
RM incident mgt team A has been mobilized for High Park Fire. Team will arrive at 1200 tomorrow.— RMACC (@RMACCinfo) June 9, 2012
Update 12:31pm Via Nathan Heffel on Twitter
Update 12:22pm Via the Larimer Sheriff on Twitter
News release via the Larimer Sheriff:
High Park Fire burning in the Paradise Park area of Larimer County. Buckhorn Road and Cougar Road area. 40-50 acres and growing rapidly. Original report came in at 5:54 a.m. Evacuations have been ordered for Paradise Park Road, Moose Horn Lane, Magic Lane and Spencer Mountain Road. 43 notifications sent (not homes but notifications). Evacuation center is Cache La Poudre Middle School at 3515 West County Road 54G in Laporte, PLEASE NOTE: THE ORIGINAL EVACUATION NOTICE INDICATED STOVE PRAIRIE SCHOOL. THIS HAS CHANGED to Cache La Poudre. Single engine air tanker, Type 1 light helicopter, Type 3 helicopter and Air Attack Command plane on scene or ordered. There are structures in the area. Cause is unknown at this time. Appears to be on both private and Forest Service land. Type 2 management team has been ordered.