Potential for more growth still high, but cooler weather, and maybe some showers, on the way
The Hewlett Fire has spread across about 7,300 acres.
The Hewlett Fire from 287 at The Forks. Click for more images.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Hewlett Fire took another 2,000-acre bite out of the Front Range Thursday, growing from just more than 5,000 acres in the morning to about 7,300 acres by the end of the day, when firefighting agencies gave their final briefing.
But despite the overall growth in size, firefighters did make progress in containing the blaze, especially on the fire’s east flank, along the North Fork of the Poudre River from Seaman Reservoir to Long Draw. As a result, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office lifted the mandatory evacuation order for 65 homes in the area of Bonner Springs Ranch Road, Deer Valley Road, Obenchain Road, Ingleside Road.
The mandatory evacuation for the 15 homes along Highway 14 from the Greyrock Trailhead to the North Poudre diversion dam (approx. mile markers 113 to 115) is still in effect.
The human-caused fire is about 5 percent contained, though the potential for additional growth remains high.
About 400 personnel are fighting the fire and more firefighters are on the way, along with two heavy air tankers, one heavy helicopter, and one light helicopter.
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