High Park Fire

Issued 6/13/12 @ 10:25 by John Schulz, Public Information Officer

The High Park Fire is now at 46,600 acres with 10+% containment. Citizen briefing at 3:00 p.m.

There are 1000 personnel working the fire along with 22 aircraft.

Colorado-Wyoming National Guard providing 50 military police to work the roadblocks under the direction of the Sheriff's office.

Top non-fire priorities today are home assessment and evacuation area evaluation.

Assessment and recovery teams will be out identifying damaged structures today where possible. Preliminary information will be available at the citizen briefing at 3:00 p.m. There will not be a complete list of damaged structures but as much information as is available will be presented. The areas surveyed will depend on the fire activity.

Officials are evaluating the current evacuation areas to see if it is possible to allow more people to return home.

There was good success from the hard work yesterday, particularly in saving structures in the Laurence Creek area and keeping the fire from crossing the Poudre River.

The majority of the east side of the fire is contained. Additionally, there is some containment in the Highway 14/County Road 29C area. Line building and reinforcing existing lines will be continuing in other areas today. Once again the weather will play a big factor as it will be warmer and drier with shifting winds.

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