LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The High Park Fire advanced this afternoon. The latest update on the Colorado wildfires revealed Thursday that the Glacier View area is now under immediate evacuation. And while the High Park Fire didn’t grow substantially today, the westerly leg of the fire remains very problematic.
In a news statement this afternoon, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said no additional homes were lost today. The Sheriff told news that “excellent structure protection efforts by our firefighters and air support” prompted these results today. And while the fire grew to fifty-two thousand acres today, officials told news that only two thousand additional acres were burned Thursday. Additionally, the fire has now reached an estimated twenty-percent containment.
But within the half-hour, new concerns prompted immediate evacuations for residents. Officials told news of an “immediate evacuation order issued for Glacier View.” Officials also told news the, due “to the new immediate evacuation order for Glacier View area, the 7:30 Community Meeting tonight has been cancelled.”
Tonight another concern remains beetle killed trees. Officials are warning news that the “western flank and northwestern perimeter of the fire is extremely active and continues to be an area of concern, particularly as it moves into a region that contains 70 percent beetle killed trees.”
Earlier today, pre-evacuation orders were issued for residents south of County Road 74E, specifically those between Hewlett Gulch Road on the east and County Road 68C on the west. For the latest update, and fire map, click HERE.