InciWeb reports: The High Park Fire is located approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins and has burned 58,046 acres to date and is estimated 45 percent contained.
- 1748 personnel are working on the fire with a 24-hour schedule with night shifts and day shifts.
- Yesterday a Red Flag Warning was issued for the fire area indicating critical fire weather. In the afternoon, winds shifted to the northwest and relative humidity dropped to 3-4 percent. Wind gusts of up to 30 – 50 miles per hour (mph) were reported. With the shift in wind direction and very low relative humidity, fire activity increased on the southeast flank of the fire near Laurence Creek Lane, Redstone Canyon and Horsetooth Mountain. The fire spotted across the line on the southeast corner, and numerous resources were moved to the area to assist. All aircraft was grounded until early evening due to high winds and low visibility.
- You can listen to some of the EMS, Fire, and LE personnel who are involved HERE.
Denver Post: After relatively optimal weather days in fighting the fire on Friday and Saturday, winds, low humidity and heat fueled the blaze Sunday and critical conditions are back on Monday. Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom DeMint likened the fire to a “dragon.” “The dragon was sleeping” late last week, DeMint said. “Now, it’s awake.” As of Sunday, the High Park fire has cost about $12.6 million to fight.
ABC News: Police arrested a 30-year-old Denver man, Michael Stillman Maher, on Saturday, accusing him of using phony firefighter’s credentials to enter the fire’s restricted area. His truck had stolen government license plates, police said. Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Maher at first evaded authorities but was found later that night at a local bar. He was arrested for impersonating a firefighter, theft and attempting to influence a public servant. Police say they found stolen property and a gun in Stillman’s car, although they did not say if it came from a home evacuated because of the fire.