ST LOUIS (LALATE) – As the High Park Fire map continues to grow tonight, the Colorado wildfires are now the costliest ever for the state. Colorado wildfires growing in the High Park Fire 2012 have now destroyed one hundred eighty-one homes, the most of any fire in state history. Moreover, officials now tell news that the number of homes destroyed by High Park could still grow.
The fire which began on June 9 is still burning tonight across an eighty-five square mile. It now has burned more structures than the 2010 Four Mile Canyon Fire and the 2002 Hayman Fire. But in a news statement, Nick Christensen, an executive officer with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, said the number of structures destroyed by High Park could still increase as teams continued to review the damaged areas.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told news today the fire is far for containment. He said that wildfires like this one need consistent efforts and a lot of patience.
The fire has grown to fifty-four thousand acres. But tonight, it remains only twenty percent contained. Evacuations are still in place for roughly six hundred residences, officials tell news. Road closures announced days earlier are still in place.
Additional resources were added today. Sixteen helicopters are on scene, Blackhawk helicopters are aiding, and over one hundred engines are battling the blaze. More than one thousand five hundred persons are trying to keep this fire from advancing.
This afternoon, residents were to be notified of possibly destroyed homes in specific areas. Those included Davis Ranch, Laurence Creek/Redstone, Buckhorn (CR44H), Stove Prairie Road, and Rist Canyon. “Residents of these neighborhoods will be pulled aside following a general briefing” officials told news.
Officials told news today that the destroyed homes are in Davis Ranch, Stove Prairie, Stratton Park, Pine Acres, Soldier Canyon, Missile Silo Road, Cloudy Pass, Picnic Rock, Spring Valley, Old Flowers, and Whale Rock. Others are located in Paradise Park, Tip Top, Rist Creek Rist Canyon, Poudre Fire Authority District along the Front Range and Poudre Canyon from Stove Prairie to the mouth of Poudre Canyon. For the latest fire map and update, click HERE.