Grace Hood & Nathan Heffel reporting for KUNC News
A wildfire burning west of Fort Collins has now scorched more than 20,000 acres and damaged or destroyed at least 18 structures over the weekend. Hundreds of people and animals have been evacuated as the fire continues burns out of control.
P2V Neptune Air Tanker. This is tanker 44 which was in service over the High Park Fire yesterday.
Credit Alan Radecki / Wikimedia Commons
Despite two recent air tanker crashes in Utah and Nevada, and multiple large fires across the country including the now 8,000+ acre High Park Fire northwest of Ft. Collins, the US Forest Service says it remains fully capable of fighting multiple fires from the air.
Editor's Note: The High Park Fire started on Saturday, June 9th . Winds and high temperatures helped the fire rapidly spread. The blaze has grown from an initial 8,000 acres by the end of Saturday to an estimated 20,000+ by the end of Sunday. Our day 1 updates are archived here, this post serves to archive updates from Sunday, June 10th.