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Colorado: Hewlett Fire is down, but not completely out

Residual smoke from the Hewlett Fire on a steep hillside near Poudre Canyon.

Rain helps firefighters reach 85 percent containment

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Cool and wet weather Saturday helped firefighters take a bit bite out of the Hewlett Fire, which is reported as 85 percent contained.

According to the latest Inciweb update, a half inch of rain doused the area, helping to suppress flames and moisten potential fuels, but heat will continue to hold in the heavy down logs and stump holes. Fine dead fuel moisture will start to dry out Sunday as the humidity decreases and the sun starts to raise fuel temperatures.

Detailed info for area residents is online at this Larimer County website.

The bottom line is that the rain helped slow the spread of the fire but it’s still burning. Three helicopters are still assigned to the fire, along with almost 600 firefighters. To date, the fire has burned over a 7,600-acre footprint.

Burned acres by ownership:

  • Private 1,322
  • state 245
  • USFS 6,118

Sunday, firefighters will work to complete and secure fire lines on the northwest flank, mop up firelines and work with property owners to complete fire protection and mitigation around threatened residences.

 

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