Red Flag warming continues Tuesday; eight additional homes confirmed as destroyed by the fire
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters were able to gain some ground on the High Park Fire in Larimer County, as high winds forecast for the area didn’t materialize Monday. But a Red Flag fire warning continues for the area Tuesday, and a convergence of winds over the fire could lead to more extreme fire behavior, according to the latest InciWeb.org update on the High Park Fire.
The High Park Fire was reported as 50 percent contained at 58,550 acres, making it one of the largest fires to ever burn in Colorado. The fire is presumed to have killed one resident of the area and destroyed more than 180 structures — more than 25 percent of the homes and cabins in the fire area.
Firefighters made progress on the southeast flank of the fire and were also successful in holding the fire south of Poudre Canyon and north of Buckhorn Road. Islands of unburned fuels within the fire continue to be a concern due to the presence of numerous structures.
Public information is available at the Larimer County Emergency Information line at 970-498-5500 where information officers are answering the phone, and at www.larimer.org or on Twitter @larimersheriff, or Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.
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