FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)- The High Park Fire burning west of Fort Collins has not grown for two days. It’s 85 percent contained and the containment date has been moved up by two weeks.
The fire has burned an estimated 87,284 acres. The estimated containment date has been moved up from July 15 to July 1.
The total number of homes destroyed in the High Park Fire is 257. The fire was sparked by lightning on June 9.
Several areas were reopened to residents today, which allowed the majority of the evacuees, 1,900 of them, to return to their homes. The areas that reopened were:
Rist Canyon Road, including all connecting road, including the following subdivisions: Pine Acres, Whale Rock, Davis Ranch, Rist Creek, Rist Canyon, Stratton Park, Spring Valley, Tip Top Ranch, Lawrence Creek, Paradise Park, Stove Prairie Road from Buckhorn Road to Bent Timber Lane, Old Flowers Road from Stove Prairie Road to the 8,000 block.
Fire officials plan to allow residents to enter the 12th Filing of Glacier View at noon Friday. These residents will need special credentials, which can be picked up at the roadblock on Eiger Road.
While some returned to find their homes still standing others came home to find heartache.
“I lived here 50 years plus 10 days exactly so now it is deja vu. I have to rebuild this whole damn place not because I want to, I have no choice,” said Gyorgy Vidacs.
Many of those who can return home are still without power.
Post Officer workers in Livermore are sorting through a lot more mail than normal thanks to all the evacuations from the High Park Fire. On Tuesday, mail carriers went into the smoldering subdivision taking mail out of boxes so those evacuated could get what they need.
“I do know that my residents have medications and bills and checks and things that they need – so I just coordinated it with the sheriff’s department – gave them a call, ‘Hey can we do this, can I get an escort if it’s safe enough to do so?’” said one postal worker.
Special credentials are needed to enter the Rist Canyon and Paradise Park areas. Credentials may be obtained at the road checkpoints. Residents will need identification showing their local address, or identification and another document such as a utility bill or a tax statement establishing their connection to the property.
The cost of the fire is estimated at $36.4 million. There are 1,125 personnel assigned to the fire which includes three Type 1 hand crews, nine Type 2 hand crews, 79 engines, nine dozers and a dozen water tenders. Air resources include three Type 1 or heavy helicopters, four Type III or light helicopters, fixed wing support aircraft and available heavy air tankers.
The fire continues to smolder and creep in steep, inaccessible areas with heavy beetle killed timber. Fire crews will continue with line reinforcement, mop-up and structure protection.