Two Wildfires In Colorado Prompt Evacuations, Power Outages
Updated 10:13 a.m.
Firefighters are working to contain two wildfires in Colorado that prompted mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.
A wildfire near the Red Feather Lake area in the mountains northwest of Fort Collins has burned nearly 400 acres since it started late Sunday morning. Nearby residences were advised to voluntarily evacuate, and power was interrupted to hundreds of residents in the area.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Department said about 30% of the fire was contained late Sunday. It's believed the fire started from a burning vehicle.
Another fire broke out in Park County near the town of Bailey, about 45 miles southwest of Denver.
The fire burned about 11 acres but was close enough to some rural homes in the area to force evacuations.
The #McNayFire burning on the Lone Pine State Wildlife Area west of Livermore is at 370 acres, 32% containment according to @LarimerSheriff.— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) September 16, 2019
There is an emergency closure on the Lone Pine SWA that may affect hunting in the lower unit due to the fire activity. pic.twitter.com/76mT5vxo1E
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A wildfire in the mountains northwest of Fort Collins has prompted a voluntary evacuation order for some homes.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Department said the fire burned about 150 acres near the Glacierview Gates subdivision Sunday. The area is about 35 miles from Fort Collins, near the Red Feather Lakes area.
The sheriff's department said on Twitter that a few homes were under voluntary evacuation orders but didn't say how many.
#McNayFire UPDATE ~ fire has grown to approx 150 acres. Incident Command has reported this started as a car fire that spread to surrounding vegetation.— Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) September 15, 2019
Officials said a car fire started the blaze. One aircraft was on the scene and firefighters requested more.
The Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association says it cut power to some customers. Utilities usually turn off power in fire areas to keep live lines from falling if poles burn.
Outage update: 3,600 members without power in our mountain areas - see image from our outage map below. Crews continue to assist fire fighters and @LarimerSheriff . View a statement from the Sheriff's department here: https://t.co/4DXGRu4FCn. pic.twitter.com/aInoal4Dch— Poudre Valley REA (@PoudreValleyREA) September 15, 2019