Air support helps protect threatened homes in the area; one death reported, 118 structures destroyed or damaged
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After two days of explosive growth, the High Park Fire in Larimer County, Colorado, slowed dramatically Monday, as the winds died back and aerial firefighting units, including five heavy air tankers, made a concerted effort to halt the advancing flames.
In an early morning tweet, the Larimer County Sheriff’s office said the fire’s footprint is now at 43,400 acres (about 67 square miles), “with some containment.”
“We should have a little bit of good news at the (Tuesday) morning briefing,” said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, explaining that crews were able to establish an anchor point and start building hand lines at the southwest corner of the fire.
#HighParkFire now at 43,433 acres with some containment. 500 firefighters will be working today.—
Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) June 12, 2012
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