FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A day after a wildfire tore through grass, trees and dozens of homes in Larimer County, Colorado’s governor declared a disaster and appointed state funds for the emergency effort.

The 4,500 acre Crystal Fire continues to burn in the foothills about 15 miles west of Fort Collins. It was 5 percent contained early in the day on Monday but firefighters said they made good progress building containment lines after that. A new percentage for containment was not available Monday night.

“The weather cooperated again today allowing for numerous bucket drops by the two helicopters assigned to the fire. Water was being taken from Horsetooth Reservoir for the helicopter drops. While a heavy tanker was available it was not utilized today,” Larimer County Sheriff’s officials wrote on their website.

On Sunday morning heavy winds spread the fire and it burned what emergency officials suspect is 15 residences. Officials told CBS4 that number could fluctuate slightly as assessors continue to study the damage in the burn area. In addition to homes, many other outbuildings were destroyed.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday approved $1.7 million in state funds for the firefighting effort, and Federal Emergency Management Agency funds will also be made available.

Residents who have questions about property damage or other aspects of the firefight can call the Crystal Fire Joint Information Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (970) 498-5500.

Photos Of The Fire

danny dodge Crystal Fire Still Burning, Damage Assesment Ongoing

Danny Dodge captured this image of the blaze early Sunday.

crystal Crystal Fire Still Burning, Damage Assesment Ongoing

Mark Bowers took this photo of the fire from Fort Collins.

LINK: Larimer County Emergency Information

Link: U.S. Forest Service’s Incident Information

LINK: Wildfire Resources

Comments (3)
  1. Anne Harding says:

    Annie I’m still on the fireline this has been the worst fire season in Colorado history
    Need your prayers. I got a small burn on my neck and my right arm. Paramedic’s said they should heal just fine. I Love You Princess Thanks for the prayers for me and my fellow firefighter’s Love Michael33

  2. Paul Keogh says:

    Paul back on the fireline this has been the worst fire season In Colorado History
    Need your Prayers. I got a small burn on my neck and my right arm. Paramedics said they should heal just fine. I Love you Paul Thanks for the prayers foe me and my fellow firefighters. God’s Blessings Tanman33

  3. elbee says:

    Really? Leave an available heavy tanker on the ground when 15 homes have already burned and there’s a red flag warning the next day? Would love to see the idiot who made that call interviewed on camera. Clearly he doesn’t have property in the fire zone (or a clue). Residents should demend their tax dollars back, and insurance companies should be furious. Are the people who live up there just not important enough to warrant an all-out effort?

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