Residents of Fort Collins have been anxiously awaiting news of improvement on a wildfire burning west of town since Saturday.
Different news reports as of Monday June 11th have reported 36,000 to 41,000 acres have burned in the foothills west of Fort Collins. The nearest flames are to the Northwest of Horsetooth Reservoir. Today, June 11th, it has been reported by several sources including the Denver Post and 9 News that the fire originated by a lightning strike.
After 5pm on June 11th, the Fort Morgan Times reported that:
“We are making good progress and in some cases, the fire has died down and moderated,” Larimer County executive officer Nick Christensen said this afternoon at a briefing.
However, there are new concerns about flame activity and movement in the northeast corner of the fire, near where the Hewlett fire burned, moving toward the Bonner Peaks subdivision and the large Glacier View neighborhood.
The nature of wildfires, is their unpredictability. Factors like wind and humidity can work against firefighters.
For the latest news about the High Park Fire, we have found certain sites most trustworthy for up to date news.
All the area news stations update their articles and latest news on Twitter. The conversation to follow is #HighParkFire, view current results here.
On Twitter we have seen people offering their home to families displaced by the fire, news about the air quality, and about animals rescued and in care by local shelters and humane societies.
For information about air quality in Colorado due to the fires, visit airnow.gov. Many Northern Colorado residents are recommended against prolonged workouts in the poor air quality.
If you have been displaced from your home and need a place to stay, or if you have space to share in your home for a displaced family, a site has been set up, http://www.cohighparkfirehousing.org/. This is a true testament of the great Fort Collins residents who selflessly open their homes at such a time of need!
If you are located near the fire and are planning an evacuation, we found a great list of things to remember at FireReady.com.
Additional news is also being reported on the Larimer County Facebook page.
If you are a resident of the evacuated area and want to be sure that your family and friends know that you are evacuated and safe, please register on SafeAndWell.org a service of the American National Red Cross.
Below is a photo of the smoke plume from 8z’s neighbor, Fran Farris, during a hike on Saturday in Loveland.
Please join us in a thought for the one victim of the fire, as well as the firefighters who are working to put out the flames. There are many organizations to aide people and pets displaced by the fire. If you are fortunate to be away from the fire zone, consider helping someone less fortunate.