On Day 10 Of The High Park Fire: Now 58,770 Acres And 50% Containment
A red flag warning day and the forecast have brought new concerns for the High Park Fire. Due to these factors, fire officials have asked that residents in the area remain prepared.
Update 7:25pm via the Larimer Sherrif on Twitter
#HighParkFire The High Park Fire is estimated at 58,770 acres with 50% containment!Alright fire crews! 50% contained & only 700 acres...
— Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) June 19, 2012
The red flag warning for “extreme wildfire danger” is in effect for much of the area in and around the fire through 9 PM this evening, which could lead to more active fire behavior and more plumes of dense smoke like what occurred Sunday afternoon across much of Fort Collins.
Fire managers say the protection of homes and other structures in the High Park Fire’s path continue to be their number one priority. Crews are still assessing the full extent of the damage in some areas the fire has already burned through. As of 11:30 Monday morning, the Larimer County Sheriff confirmed three new homes that have been known to be destroyed; putting the latest number of total homes lost by the High Park Fire at 184.
Update 12:16pm via Kirk Siegler on Twitter
— Kirk Siegler (@KirkSiegler) June 18, 2012
A live stream of the 9:30am media briefing is available here via 9News.
With temperatures expecting to almost reach 100° today, the red flag warning is noting "extreme fire behavior possible due to hot temperatures". This follows this weekends developments where winds on Sunday fanned flames, and pushed smoke across the area. Here's a video time lapse of Sunday's smoke from the High Park Fire:
The latest map of the High Park Fire [.pdf] shows the fire at 58,046 acres. Containment remains at 45% and costs were estimated at $12.6 million so far. Land ownership estimates within the fire place the split at 66% state & private / 34% U.S. Forest Service.
Evacuations put in place this weekend for Soldier Canyon, Mill Canyon and the Hewlett Gulch subdivision remain in place. With 1748 personnel available to work the fire, efforts still continue on a 24-hour basis.
Editor's Note: The High Park Fire started on Saturday, June 9th. Winds and high temperatures helped the fire rapidly spread. There have been many developments with what has become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. You can review our timeline of the fire in the High Park Fire archive.