Three days. 42,000 acres. 16 aircraft. 400 firefighters. More than 100 structures destroyed. 1 dead. Already the third largest fire in Colorado in the last 40 years. Advancing up to one mile every hour.
And 0% containment.
The lightning-sparked High Park Fire just west of Fort Collins, Colo., started Saturday morning. It has already burned an area larger than Fort Collins itself (64 sq. miles vs. 55 sq. miles). There’s no containment because the winds have been shifting, the fire has burned erratically in many directions, and the focus has been mostly on evacuation and structure protection.
That’s supposed to change, as evacuations are complete and 200 more firefighters arrive tomorrow. I hope so. I’ve already lost track of the fires this year. And it’s only June 11.