46,000-acre fire reaching flammable beetle-kill stands on west flank, with good containment on the north and east sides
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Emergency officials lifted evacuation orders in parts of the High Park Fire Wednesday, but warned that the fire is still burning actively and spreading in several areas. The fire may well remain active until monsoon rains arrive, or even into fall, incident commander Bill Hahnenberg said during the daily fire media briefing. Details on evacuations are online at InciWeb and at the Larimer County Sheriff website.
The lightning-caused fire was reported 10 percent contained, at 46,280 acres as of Wednesday evening, with more than 1,200 firefighters on scene. About 77 percent of the fire has burned on state and private land, and only 23 percent on national forest land.
An assessment team was still compiling information on the total number and exact locations of damaged homes and other structures, Hahnenberg said, adding that it’s still dangerous for firefighters to go into some of the burned areas.
One of the biggest challenges for firefighters is on the west flank, where the fire is still burning unchecked and moving into stands of beetle-killed pines, some of them still burdened with red, dead needles that render them particularly flammable. Continue reading
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