Fire started Saturday morning in the Paradise Park area, said John Schulz of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. Winds and very low humidites created a fire that went from initial attack 20 acres to nearly 10,000 acres in few hours.
temperatures near Fort Collins reached the mid-80s Saturday afternoon, with humidity between 5 percent and 10 percent.
Evacuations: 18 structures damaged or lost, evacuations ongoing and have been ordered for over 1600 homes. In addition to emergency notifications, deputies are going door-to-door in the area. "Right now we're just trying to get these evacuations done and get people safe," Schulz said.
Numerous homes are near the fire, but there are no reports of damage so far. Airtracker7 showed firefighters using a helicopter to keep flames away from one home.
Carolyn and Dick Vannorsdel told 7NEWS they were evacuated from their home on Old Flowers Road.
“We were told as we got out, that the fire crossed the road just as we got through so it’s bad," Carolyn Vannorsdel said. “We made a quick run in to get our stuff and the heat going in was intense.”
“We got our lives. That’s the most important thing,” Carolyn Vannorsdel said.
Smoke from the fire can be seen clearly in Denver and even as far east as DIA.
Air resources: Include five single-engine air tankers, two Type-1 Helitankers, two Type-3 Helicopters, four heavy air tankers, an air attack plane and a lead plane.
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|New: High Park (CO-ARF) (40 36 15N, 105 22 23W)) Limited information at this time. Fire is located west of Loveland, CO near Storm Mountain. Very active burning. 2 heavy air tankers, 1 SEAT, 1 ASM, 1 lead plane, 2 air attack, 1 type 1 helicopter, 2 type 3 helicopters, 2 type 1 crews and 1 type 2IA crew have been ordered.|
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