Release Date: Mar 17, 2013
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Kathy Messick, Public Information Officer
At the end of today's operations, it is anticipated that the fire will be 75% contained, with minimal perimeter growth. The total acres involved will likely be higher than previously reported but won't be available until tomorrow upon completion of the mapping effort still underway.
Operations today were hampered by the wind, as predicted, but aided by the higher humidity levels attained in part by the brief rain and snow showers that passed this afternoon. Overall, firefighters had a good day but remain concerned as the wind event continues.
The number of fire personnel involved now is around 130. Two Type 2 helicopters were on scene today and operated for a short time before being grounded by the high winds. Fire officials hope to use them again tomorrow.
Officials would like to reiterate that the cause and origin was human caused but NOT the result of a campfire, controlled burn, or escaped prescribed burn. No further details are available until the investigation is complete and a timeframe is not available tonight.
No park facilities have reopened and area residents should remain alert to changing conditions. As the wind event continues, smoke and flame will continue to be visible within the perimeter.
The next update is planned for tomorrow unless significant changes occur before then.