High Park firefighters diverting resources to Waldo Canyon, Flagstaff

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Working at the High Park Fire, Larimer County, Colo.

Working at the High Park Fire, Larimer County, Colo.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — On a day when some of the state’s other fires were burning out of control, progress on the High Park Fire was looking “very good.”

That’s what Incident Commander Beth Lund said of the 87,250-acre blaze, which is now 65-percent contained. Things are going so well, in fact, that firefighters battling the second-largest fire in Colorado history are now being diverted elsewhere.

Lund said the personnel count at the High Park Fire is down about 200 firefighters Wednesday to 1,800. Some of those 200 firefighters have been sent to the Waldo Canyon and Flagstaff fires, which were both burning with zero or minimal containment Wednesday.

Lund hopes to decrease the amount of personnel working the High Park Fire by 200 per day as crews work toward a July 30 full containment date.

Within the next 48 hours, crews are hoping to return the thousands of individuals who have been evacuated by the fire. Poudre Park residents returned home Tuesday, Rist Canyon residents will be permitted to return Thursday morning and Lund is hopeful that residents from one of the hardest hit neighborhoods, Glacier View, can get back home within 24 hours.

The good news for Glacier Park came after Lund said the burn area in that subdivision, which accounted for 49 of the 257 homes lost in the fire, has been contained.

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