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High Park Fire Doubles in Size

High Park Fire

Information from the current High Park Fire InciWeb Page

  • Date Started: 6/9/12 about 5:54AM
  • Location: about 15 miles west of Fort Collins
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 41,140 acres [64.3 miles² 166.5 km²] based on infrared data
  • Number of Personnel: Approximately 400
  • Equipment: 15 engines
  • Aircraft: 5 heavy air tankers, 5 SEATs (single engine air tankers), 2 Type 1 heavy helitankers and 1 Blackhawk helicopter
  • Incident Commander: Bill Hahnenberg
  • Percent Contained: 0%
  • Fuels Involved: dry fuel, beetle-killed trees.
  • Confirmed Dead to Date: 1

The northwest portion of the fire is active and Type 1 helitankers are working in that area. Fire movement toward the northwest portion of Horsetooth Reservoir has subsided, however fire activity can increase in the afternoon. Today the fire is expected to be fuels driven and winds will be a factor. Flame lengths have been 300 feet and as been moving at 20-40 feet per minute at times.

As the Whitewater-Baldy Complex comes under control, firefighters and equipment are being released for other fires.  The weather conditions at the Little Bear Fire in New Mexico have been better, so that fire isn’t growing as quickly as the High Park Fire.

[Note: the Inciweb site has been acting flaky. The information is there, but you may have to access the site multiple times to get to it.]

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