LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – There’s been a lot of aerial support helping to fight the High Park Fire and one key spot for helicopters to pick up water is Horsetooth Reservoir. But the area is also home to many people and the flames have come dangerously close.

One of the areas near the reservoir that’s been evacuated is the Soldier Canyon subdivision and many of the evacuees have been watching the fire from across the water.

“It’s just a scary thing and we have a lot of memories in the house,” an evacuee said. “You can always rebuild, but our lives are more important.”

When watching the fire from the other side of the reservoir it seems to be moving in slow-motion, but that’s not the case. The body of water has taken on a role for beyond recreation. It’s providing the water needed to protect the homes that are threatened.

Residents fear the worst, but hope for the best.

“It’s a real nerve-racking experience … we’ve lived there for 18 years,” evacuee Simon Lee said. “I’d like to give all the best to the firefighters out there doing their best for us.”

On Monday evening the banks of Horsetooth reservoir were filled with people who had cameras and cellphones watching the helicopters dip buckets into the water and dousing flames coming very close to homes.

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