LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Improved High Park Fire containment is depicted in a new updated Colorado wildfires map released to news today. Officials briefed news last night that the Colorado wildfires situation improved; progressed containment was achieved against the still burning High Park Fire on multiple fire lines.
The High Park Fire is now at fifty-five percent containment, officials told news last night. The fire which began on June 9 has grown, however, to now roughly sixty-six thousand acres. But in a news briefing, officials warned that easterly blowing winds have made this fire still erratic through today.
More personnel have been dispatched to battle the High Park Fire. Officials tell news that upwards of 1773 personnel are now on scene. They are aided with twenty-four water tenders, four dozers, seventeen helicopters including three Blackhawk Helicopters, and over one hundred engines.
The key spot last night was the southeastern leg of the fire. In a news briefing, officials said that they were able to contain the fire line “north of Buckhorn Road and south of Poudre Canyon with the exception of one spot.” The fire did reach the other side of Poudre Canyon at Sheep Mountain on Tuesday. But today June 20, 2012, officials state that they are effectively holding a line just east of Pingree Park Road.
Hot spots are still picking up through Wednesday. Officials are concerned about weather changes spreading those hot spots. Gusts on the east side of the fire are reaching 30 mph, and on the west side as much as 35 mph, officials warned news.
Officials confirm one resident’s death this week. Linda Steadman, 62, died after her home on 9123 Old Flowers Road caught fire. Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg tells news that holding the fire at its currently borders remains the top priority along with structure protection.
Meantime, new evacuation orders were given to residents last night as well. As many as one hundred residents were issued mandatory evacuations Tuesday night in the Rustic community. They were told to head west to Walden on Tuesday.
The cost of the fire is now approaching fifteen million, officials told news. This week, fifty National Guard members joined the effort, providing roadblock and evacuation assistance. On Monday, one person working the fire was injured. Officials confirm the individualâ€™s injures were not related to the fire line. That person has been treated and since released. For the latest fire map and other updates, click HERE.