ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The High Park fire map advance prompted new Colorado wildfire concerns today. The High Park Fire map depicts that sudden increase to twenty thousand acres on Sunday. Officials tell news that the Colorado wildfires are still not under control and new evacuations are expected.
Today, the High Park Fire remains roughly fifteen miles west of Fort Collins. Officials told news Sunday that eighteen structures have been destroyed. Official warned that number could increase. By Monday, fire crews hope to hold the fire on the north at Buckhord Road and on the east at Pingree Park Road. They are also hoping to hold the fire on the west at Boyd Gulch/Redstone Canyon.
By Sunday evening, officials, however, that the fire had jumped Highway 14. Visibility is a problem still on Highway 287, officials told news.
Twenty-thousand acres have been destroyed. But new crews are dispatched Sunday. Eight twenty person crews were added by fifteen engines . Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom DeMint told news Sunday that one person is believed dead from the fire, while nearly 2600 people are under evacuation.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said, through Sunday, nearly “36 straight hours of evacuations” were announced, something that he said is “just unheard of”. He warned news that everything is burning, even green grass.
Gov. John Hickenlooper told news Sunday that he is very concerned about Larimer County. Officials advised news that two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters could be dispatched Monday for water efforts. The helicopters are currently at Loveland Airport in Fort Collins. For the latest fire map, and updates, click HERE.