LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – Larimer County Sheriff Department reported 5-percent containment in the High Park Fire Tuesday morning, which has burned 43,433 acres 15 miles west of Fort Collins.
500 firefighters will be working on the ground Tuesday in hopes of reaching their goal of 10-percent containment.
Pre-evacuation notifications have been sent to parts of Glacier View for the area south of County Road 74E, south and east of McNay Hill. These notifications are not an evacuation, but an alert for residents to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
Some areas of evacuation may be lifted, according to Nick Christensen with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department.
“We’re actually looking at rationing back of some of the evacuations we’ve done previously. We we recognize it’s a huge inconvenience for residents to be outside of their home and cut off from their clothing and their basic essentials,” said Christensen, “Any evacuation areas that we can adjust and pull in, we’ll look at doing so.”
Specifics on those areas have not yet been released.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that one person has died in the High Park Fire.
Linda Steadman, 62, was killed when her home on Old Flowers Road went up in flames.
More than 100 structures have been destroyed or damaged to-date, primarily in the Rist Canyon area, specifically in the Whale Rock, Davis Ranch and Stratton Park subdivisions, authorities said.
A national Type 1 incident management team has taken over primary fire command, directing ground personnel and 16 different types of planes providing damage control from the air.
The evacuation center is located at The Ranch at I-25 and Crossroads Blvd.
Small animals can go to the Larimer County Humane Society and large animals can go to The Ranch.
Anybody who is looking for a family member can track residents of the evacuated areas at www.safeandwell.org