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UPDATE Oct. 18, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.

The Elk Fire is 100% contained and the fire will be staffed this weekend.  There will be no further updates unless conditions change.

UPDATE Oct. 18, 2019 at 12:55 p.m.

The incident commander reports the cooler weather is helping and all lines are holding well despite strong winds.  The winds are helping to consume internal fuels which should reduce long-term smoke production.  Crews are still working very hard toward full containment.

Pictures taken October 17 at noon.

UPDATE Oct. 18, 2019 at 8:45 a.m.

The incident commander reports no fire growth overnight and all lines held despite some strong winds this morning.  The fire is still at 622 acres and is 80% contained.  There are 90 firefighters and support personnel on the fire today.

UPDATE Oct. 17, 2019 

6 P.M.

On Wednesday, October 16, at about 4 p.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the Nature Conservancy to assist them with a wildfire that had escaped the boundaries of a prescribed burn project they were working in the area of the Ben Delatour Boy Scout Ranch. The project included firefighters from over a dozen agencies, including the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and had been prescribed to improve the overall ecologic health of the forest.

As soon as the fire was declared a wildfire, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services took command of the incident and incorporated resources on-scene for the prescribed burn into the suppression efforts. Aircraft were ordered and flew until darkness made further drops impossible. Firefighters on the ground worked through the night, and on Thursday morning additional firefighters were ordered and air operations resumed.

An initial mandatory evacuation was placed for most of Glacier View Meadows south of County Road 74E, but was then scaled back to be mandatory for Gates 7 through 13 and voluntary for Gates 1 through 6 (south of County Road 74E) in the late evening on Oct. 16. The fire damaged one shed and threatened an estimated 50 homes. No injuries have been reported.

As of 6 P.M. today, the mandatory and voluntary evacuations from Glacier View Gate 12 eastward to Gate 1 will be lifted. Gate 13 (N Rim Rd) will remain under mandatory evacuation overnight, but will be released from evacuation tomorrow morning at 8 A.M. All major roads remain open.

The fire has not grown and is still at 622 acres. Containment is up to 80%. Partner agencies involved today included Boulder County, Wellington Fire, Bear Mountain, Standing Rock – Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Alpine Hotshots - National Park Service, Frederick/Firestone Fire, Glacier View Fire, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, US Forest Service, and the Nature Conservancy.

There will be a community meeting Friday, October 18, at 5:30 P.M. at the Livermore Community Church (284 W. CR 74E) for residents impacted by the Elk Fire.

LCSO will conduct a review of the prescribed burn with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.


4 P.M.

At 6 P.M. tonight, evacuations (voluntary and mandatory) from Glacier View Gate 12 eastward to Gate 1 will be lifted. Gate 13/N Rim Rd will remain under mandatory evacuation overnight, but at 8 A.M. it will be lifted.


1 P.M.

No growth on the fire to report. Containment up to 50%. A Type 3 helicopter is en route to perform bucket drops.


8 A.M.

Better mapping puts the size of the Elk Fire at 622 acres and 40% containment. This includes the 472 acres burned in the prescribed project, and 150 acres of wildfire. There was little change in the fire overnight. Mandatory evacuations are still in place for Glacier View Gates 7 through 13, and voluntary evacuations for Gates 1 through 6 that are south of CR 74E. There has been one shed damaged. Estimated 50 homes are threatened, with no additional reports of damage or injuries. This morning there are 80 firefighters on the ground with 60 more ordered and on the way. Air operations have resumed, and the heavy tanker and SEAT will be flying along with the lead aircraft guiding their drops. There are no major roads closed. Updates will be provided throughout the day.


The Elk Fire near Ben Delatour Scout Ranch is 175 acres and 10% contained. Mandatory evacuations are in place for Glacier View Gates 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. Voluntary evacuations are in place for Glacier View Gates 1, 3, 5, and 6. The Livermore Community Center is an overnight evacuation shelter. Everbridge emergency notifications were sent to 904 devices (not homes). Estimated 50 homes are threatened, and one shed was damaged. There have been no reported injuries. Over 120 firefighters and 10 engines are operating on the ground and will be on scene overnight. Four aircraft operated until dark, one SEAT (Single-Engine Air Tanker), one heavy tanker, the MMA (Multi-Mission Aircraft), and a "lead" plane to guide the air drops. Air and ground operations will continue in the morning. This will be our final update for Wednesday, Oct. 16.  

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Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:22pm
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