High Park Fire Evening Update

 

Issued on 6/30/12 at 6:30 p.m. by John Schulz, Public Information Officer

The High Park Fire is estimated at 87,284 acres, meaning the fire has not grown since June 27th.  Containment is now at 100% percent.  The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $38.4 million.  There are 686 personnel assigned to the firefighting effort. Resources include: 5 Type 2 hand crews, 43 engines, 3 dozers and 4 water tenders.  Air Resources include: 1 Type I (heavy) helicopter, 2 Type III (light) helicopters, and available heavy air tankers.

It should be noted that "containment" means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter.  "Control" means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall.  Hot spots will continue to exist within the perimeter during the containment phase and residents should expect to see smoke for days and weeks as the fire moves from containment to control.

Residents are urged to read the material posted at www.larimer.org/highparkfire regarding returning home and clean-up efforts.

Current Situation:

The fire continues to smolder. Record low live fuel moistures with high temperatures and low relative humidity will promote rapid fire growth if a start were to occur outside the fire perimeter.

 

Tomorrow, mop-up actions will continue on hot spots near the edge of the fire perimeter.

A Type 3 management team will assume management of the fire on Sunday morning.

Resident Information:

Residents are welcome to call the Larimer County Emergency Information line at (970) 498-5500, which will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to noon Sunday.  They may also obtain information at www.larimer.org/emergency .

Reintegration:

All evacuation orders for the High Park Fire have been lifted and all roads have been opened. This includes Highway 14 in the Poudre Canyon.  Certain access and recreation restrictions will apply, and are summarized below.

The Pingree Park, Upper Buckhorn, Monument Gulch, and Rist Canyon neighborhoods will be restricted to residents only.  Residents should be prepared to show identification at checkpoints. 

Forest Service Information:

In the lower Poudre Canyon (Hwy 287 to Pingree Park Road), recreational access is limited to river access only.  Trailheads, campgrounds, and picnic areas remain closed.  Hiking and dispersed camping is prohibited throughout the Lower Poudre Canyon and along Pingree Park Road.

In the upper Poudre Canyon, limited camping opportunities will begin Monday (7/2).  Contact the U.S. Forest Service for specific information on closures and restrictions at www.fs.usda.gov/arp.

Fire danger remains very high.  Larimer County and U.S. Forest Service fire restrictions remain in effect and citizens are reminded to be cautious and vigilant while in recreational areas. 

Drivers should stay alert for frequent fire traffic, debris flows with ash from thunderstorms, rocks that have rolled onto roads, and other distracted drivers. Citizens should stay out of burnt timber. Fire-weakened trees can fall unexpectedly and silently.

Burned areas are susceptible to flooding, debris, and mudslides with even the slightest levels of precipitation. Conditions can quickly change, wiping out a trail or obstructing river navigation and trapping recreationists.

Road Restriction Information:

The following roads are restricted to residents only:

- Stove Prairie Road (CR27) from Buckhorn Rd (CR44H) to Highway 14

- Old Flowers Road (CR52E)

- Rist Canyon Rd (CR52E) from CR27E to Stove Prairie Road (CR27)

- Pingree Park Road 

Stabling for Large Animals Displaced by High Park Fire:

The Ranch and several Larimer County 4-H families would like to match those in need of stabling for large animals displaced by the fire with facilities that have space available. Please call The Ranch at 970-619-4007 and leave your name, phone number and number/type of animal or email LJack@Larimer.org . 

Structures Damaged:

The total number of homes destroyed to date remains at 259. 

It should be noted that the data on homes destroyed was gathered in the midst of firefighting efforts.  A formal assessment of homes and outbuildings is underway, and the total may change.

Media Briefing(s):

No further media briefings are planned.  Media members may call the Sheriff's PIO line for information.

Additional Information/Resources:

Larimer County has opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall.  The center is open Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building.  For more information, please visit their website at http://www.safety.colostate.edu.

For the latest updated map of the High Park Fire, check out this link:

www.inciweb.org/incident/maps

Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org.

 

 

 

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