One hundred eighty-nine homes have been lost to the Colorado High Park fire as of this afternoon after eight were destroyed Sunday from the Buckhorn area down to Redstone Canyon, according to Inciweb.org.
Additionally, the Larimer County Sheriff's office has issued pre-evacuation orders this morning for the area of Highway 14 from the Pingree Park Road west to approximately mile marker 90.
The wildfire, located approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins ignited on June 9, 2012, and has now spread over 59,500 acres. The cost of the fire to date is $14.7 million.
"Thanks to the firefighters who worked so hard today in such extreme temperatures (plus 90-degree heat) to continue our fire suppression progress," wrote Public Information Officer Jennifer Hillman on the Larimer County Sheriff's office website last night.
"1,773 personnel are working on the fire day and night with a 24-hour work schedule in place," Hillman said.
As of 9 p.m. yesterday, the wildfire was 50 percent contained, but conditions remain optimal for growth.
The National Weather service has issued a red flag warning through 9 p.m. today, as high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds could cause rapid propagation.
For a complete list of evacuated areas, visit www.larimer.org/emergency. Road closure can be found at larimersheriff.org/site-page/high-park-fire-road-information.
"Snapped this picture of smoke from the #HighParkFire from Horsetooth reservoir," tweeted user @mobilemort on June 12.
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