Morning Update - High Park Fire 6/30/12
Release Date: Jun 30, 2012
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Jim Toomey, Public Information Officer
Morning Update for the High Park Fire - 6/30/12
The High Park Fire is estimated at 87,284 acres, meaning the fire has not grown since June 27th. Containment is now estimated at 97 percent. Full containment is expected tomorrow. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at 37.3 million dollars. There are 941 personnel assigned to the firefighting effort. Equipment resources include: 2 Type 1 hand crews, 6 Type 2 hand crews, 71 engines, 4 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.
The Great Basin Incident Management Team wishes to thank the communities around and within the High Park fire for their support during our work here. Canyon Lakes District Ranger Kevin Atchley added, “The outpouring of support from our local communities makes a huge difference in the morale of our firefighters. Thank you to all of you who came out to welcome them home each night, made welcoming signs, and made donations.”
Management of the fire will devolve Sunday to a Type 3 (locally managed) team led by Incident Commander Ken Paul. That team consists of 150 veteran firefighters, many from this fire, who are shadowing team leaders through the weekend, and who will work from CSU’s Pingree Park campus rather than from Fort Collins. The Type 3 team will focus on mop-up activities and suppression rehabilitation.
Most remaining hotspots have nothing to burn around them for several hundred feet. Firelines held through storm downdraft winds Friday afternoon. “Things are looking good because of our suppression actions,” said Fire Behavior Analyst Julia Sultens. “However, fuel conditions are still as dry as they were when this thing took off. Any new fire may grow very rapidly.”
Increased containment of the fire was due to suppression efforts and not weather behavior on Friday. The fire was tested by winds Friday, and held.
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
Fire officials have announced the lifting of all evacuations and the opening of all roads in the High Park Fire area at noon today. 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. Monument Gulch residents are asked to enter using Pingree Park Road instead of Buckhorn Road.
- 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.
- In the upper Poudre Canyon, limited camping opportunities will begin Monday (7/2). Dispersed camping along Pingree Park Road is prohibited. 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.
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.
Residents are welcome to call the Fire Information line at (970) 498-5500, which will be staffed through Sunday. They may also obtain information at www.larimer.org/emergency
No further media briefings are planned. Media members may call the Sheriff's PIO line for information.
Road Closure 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
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:
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org