Colorado: Investigators say Hewlett Fire was human-caused

Blaze near Fort Collins grows to almost 1,000 acres

Hewlett Fire map in Poudre Canyon

The Hewlett Fire now encompasses a 982-acre footprint in Poudre Canyon.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Fire experts in Colorado now say they believe the Hewlett Fire, which has grown to almost 1,000 acres, was human-caused, though the exact source of ignition remains under investigation.

According to the latest Inciweb.org update on the fire, a firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated and release. About 200 firefighters are involved in the suppression and control efforts.

The wildfire is burning in Poudre Canyon on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest. The fire is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins.

In dry conditions, the fire grew slightly overnight, and gusty winds forecast for Wednesday could add new challenges for the firefighters battling the blaze in steep and hazardous terrain.

A pre-evacuation notice remains in effect. Up-to-date information on potential evacuations and emergency communications is online at the Larimer County emergency services website.

A heavy air tanker and a pair of helicopters are assisting ground crews, with efforts focused on structure protection and  securing fire lines in areas near the community.

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