Saturday, June 16, 2012
Larimer County Sheriff’s officials said Saturday that the number of homes lost in the High Park Fire has reached 181, the most in Colorado history surpassing the Four Mile Fire in 2010, which claimed 169 homes.
Meantime, the evacuation order for residents of the Santanka Trail area on the north end of Horsetooth Reservoir has been lifted. Residents in the neighborhoods of Soldier Canyon and Mill Canyon were able to return home starting Saturday. This area will only be open to residents for the time being to give them time to move back in and for officials to secure the area.
Fire officials said the main priority for fire crews this weekend remains structure protection and keeping the edge of the fire south of Poudre Canyon and north of Buckhorn Road in check.
Saturday morning’s fire briefing put the fire at more than 54,232 acres burned, the third-largest in recorded Colorado history. Only the Hayman Fire at 137,760 acres and Missionary Ridge at 71,739 acres are larger, and those fires happened during the drought of 2002.
Read more at The Denver Post.