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High Park Fire: 87,284 Acres And 65% Contained

Dave Dennis

The High Park Fire, still burning west of Fort Collins, is now 87,284 acres and 65% contained. The total number of homes lost to the blaze stands at 257.

Growing only 34 acres from this morning's update of 87,250 acres is certainly a 'very good day'. Several sections of the fire zone were reopened today and residents let back in. The first was Red Feather Lakes Road from CR37 to Maxwell Ranch Road.

Residents living along North Redstone Canyon Road up to Christ Mountain Raod, Clear Ridge Road, Roan Mountain Road, and Red Canyon Ranch road were allowed to return. However the area remains on pre-evacuation alert.

Finally tonight, Poudre Park reopened and residents were let back in using their previously issued credentials. Residents, like those let in along North Redstone Canyon Road, are reminded that they remain on pre-evacuation alert.

There is some good news for residents in the Rist Canyon area, on Thursday officials will be reopening a large section of the area at 5pm.

The High Park Fire remains active and there has been observed tree torching (burning to the top of the tree). Conditions remain hot and dry and fires could find fuel and expand. Dry conditions today in Boulder, as the Flagstaff Fire rapidly grew should serve as a reminder of the drought conditions in Colorado.

The forecast for tomorrow is calling for a chance of thunderstorms and a high of 94°. The High Park Fire is one of many now burning in Colorado as this satellite photo shows. Here are the rest of the fires in Colorado by the numbers:

  • Waldo Canyon Fire: 4,500 acres
  • Little Sand: 22,010 acres
  • Weber Fire: 8,930 acres
  • Treasure: 320 acres
  • Springer: 1,145 acres

Additionally, KRCC in Colorado Springs is reporting that "the installation commander has issued an evacuation order for all residents in Pine Valley Housing on the Air Force Academy."

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